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Video – InvictaFC 28 Post Fight with Milana Dudieva

(Photo Courtesy Dave Mandel, Invicta FC)

After what was a four fight losing streak against some of the best in the flyweight and bantamweight divisions, Milana Dudieva snapped it Saturday night with a highlight reel TKO win over Christina Marks.

We caught up with Dudieva and discussed her win and her plans for the rest of 2018. Continue reading Video – InvictaFC 28 Post Fight with Milana Dudieva

Video – InvictaFC 28 Post Fight with Jillian DeCoursey

(Photo Courtesy Dave Mandel, Invicta FC)

The atomweight division is growing stronger day by day and Jillian DeCoursey is looking like the future.

The amateur star has made the transition to pro seem seamless with her two wins under the InvictaFC banner; getting her latest win by unanimous decision over Rebekah LeVine Saturday night.

We talked to DeCoursey about her win and her change in training camps for this fight.

Video – InvictaFC 28 Post Fight with Minna Grusander

(Photo courtesy – Dave Mandel, Invicta FC)

It has been almost three years since Finland’s Minna Grusander has made the trip to the US. Every time she has, however, she has come home with a win.

Saturday night was no exception. Grusander came back after a tough first round to get the TKO win in her debut at atomweight. She improves to 6-1 and has made a mark in the division. She got a Performance of the Night bonus for her efforts.

We caught up with Grusander after the fight to talk about the win and her fight camp. Continue reading Video – InvictaFC 28 Post Fight with Minna Grusander

InvictaFC 28 Primer

The InvictaFC cage is making its debut in the Beehive State.

The 28th card will commence Saturday night from Salt Lake City at the Union Event Center . This will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

The main event will crown a new strawweight champion as Japan’s Mizuki takes on Virna Jandiroba.

The co-main event sees hometown fighter DeAnna Bennett face Mexican striker Karina Rodriguez.

In a first, Invicta will be also putting on an amateur fight. InvictaFC President Shannon Knapp stated to us this was a last minute pick up and could lead to more possible amateur bouts in the future for local talent. The non-streaming bout will feature Utah locals Tracie Morris and Soula Koukouvetakis.

The only pro to miss weight is DeAnna Bennett, who will forfeit 25% of her purse.

For the first time in two years Wombat Sports will be onsite to cover Invicta live. We will have live updates on our twitters @wombatsports & @wmmanews.

Here are the weigh-in results and a preview of the action. Continue reading InvictaFC 28 Primer

InvictaFC Expands to Utah for its 28th Offering

The MMA scene will be buzzing in the beehive state.

InvictaFC 28 with emanate from Salt Lake City, Utah for the first time on March 24th at the Union Event Center, and will be live on UFC Fight Pass.

The main event was already announced, as Janaisa Morandin (10-1) battles Virna Jandiroba (12-0) for the vacant 115 title. Continue reading InvictaFC Expands to Utah for its 28th Offering

Invicta’s Shannon Knapp Welcomes Back a Familiar Face; Plus the Other High Profile Project She is Producing

Photo Courtesy InvictaFC

Coming off a successful event a few weeks back, InvictaFC President Shannon Knapp is already prepping for her next InvictaFC event in March, with the already announced strawweight title fight between Virna Jandiroba and Janaisa Morandin. A press release is expected later this week to announce the rest of the card. Continue reading Invicta’s Shannon Knapp Welcomes Back a Familiar Face; Plus the Other High Profile Project She is Producing

Video: Christine Ferea Talks Upcoming Bout at InvictaFC 26

One of the most talent strikers in Invicta, Christine Ferea looks to get back on the winning track when she faces Mexican standout Karina Rodriguez  at InvictaFC 26 in Kansas City December 8th.

Ferea us coming off a loss to fellow Muay Thai specialist Tiffany Van Soest in a spirited bout at InvictaFC 23 earlier this year and will look to go back to flyweight for this bout.

We caught up with Ferea at her gym in Las Vegas to talk about coming back to the cage and her continuing to be a multi-sport combat athlete as we head into 2018.

Invicta FC 25 Primer

The 25th card in InvictaFC history will make an unusual Thursday night appearance at the Tachi Palace in Leemore, California. The event will stream on UFC Fight Pass starting at 6 p.m. pst/9 p.m. est.

The main event will fill the vacant 135 title as Raquel Pa’aluhi will take on former title challenger Yana Kunitskaya. The co-main event will see the Invicta debut of undefeated Janaisa Morandin taking on former 115 champion and fellow Brazilian Livia Renata Souza.

Two athletes missed weight as Kali Robbins (3.4 lbs over) and Katharina Lehner (5.5 lbs over) both hit the scales heavy. They will be fined 25% of their purses.

Here is the weigh-in results and a breakdown of the card. Continue reading Invicta FC 25 Primer

InvictaFC 24 Primer

Never say that Invicta doesn’t have back-up plans.

After several lineup changes, InvictaFC’s 24th edition will have a solid set of eight fights, with an international main event and a co-main which will serve as the people’s main event.

UFC vet Milana Dudieva will make her flyweight debut against Italy’s Mara Romero Borella in the main event, while fan favorite Jinh Yu Frey battle decorated police officer Ashley Cummins.

The anticipated bout between Mallory Martin and Tiffany Masters has been scrapped as Martin was taken to the hospital with an undisclosed illness.

Two of the 4 featherweight fighters missed weight as Pam Sorenson (149.6) and Amy Coleman (149.5) will be fined 25% of their purse fr missing the mark.

The complete card will stream on UFC Fight Pass Saturday.

Here is a breakdown plus  the weigh-in results.

(Photos Courtesy Scott Hirano/InvictaFC) Continue reading InvictaFC 24 Primer

InvictaFC President Shannon Knapp Talk Titles and Contenders

With most of the InvictaFC titles in a state if flux, InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp took some time Monday to update us.

  • With Megan Anderson now signed to the UFC, Knapp confirms that the InvictaFC featherweight title has not been vacated. They are still waiting for the dust to settle after the Anderson versus Cyborg match in July.
  • When asked about the Tonya Evinger and Helen Kolesnyk possibly being an interim title match, Knapp state “it’s on the table”.
  • The strawweight title will finally have an owner coming at InvictaFC 25. A date, location, and participants has yet to be announced.
  • The reason the Jinh Yu Frey verse Ashley Cummins fight was booked was because Ayaka Hamasaki has yet to contact Invicta on when she is ready to come back. Even after losing to Livia Souza, Hamasaki has still shown her insistence to stay at 115. Until Hamasaki gives Invicta a definitive thumbs up for the move, the atomweight title will stay around her waste. The Frey versus Cummins match is a title eliminator.

Some other things of note we discussed:

  • The UFC is definitely interested in getting some Invicta talent on their upcoming “Contenders Series”, but have yet to book any.
  • Fans were asking about when and if we would see Daria Ibragimova again in Invicta. Knapp tells us she will be available come the fall. It is not known if she will drop to 135 and stay at 145.
  • Invicta Boxing is taking a little longer than expected, but things are still going smoothly.