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Tweet vs. Dalziel Announced for Prestige FC Debut

Tweet
Tweet
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Dalziel

After getting a proper commission, Prestige FC has announced their ever first card in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada October 24th.

InvictaFC vet Charmaine Tweet will be fighting MMA in her home province for the first time as she takes on fellow Canadian Bobbi Jo Dalziel.

Tweet (6-5) is coming off a lose to InvictaFC champ Cyborg Justino after winning four of her last five fights. She has notable wins over Amanda Bell and Veronica Rothenhausler.

Dalziel (1-0) is coming off an upset win over Tamikka Brents last year. She began her MMA career in 2008 and was acxtive in the amateur scene in 2009 before leaving the sport in 2010. The Brents fight was her return to the cage.

The match will stream on Go Fight Live for $15 October 24th.

InvictaFC 11 Primer

InvictaFC is looking to make waves Friday as sixteen talented athletes are entering the cage for the promotion’s biggest event to date. With the media in town for the UFC, many major MMA websites will be in attendance in what will be the biggest weekend in the women’s divisions history.

Invicta announced Tuesday their first four fights will stream for free on youtube, with the whole card streaming on UFC Fight Pass. Invicta also inked a deal to air the card in Brazil on Combate.

The eight fights will be headlined by the return of Cris Cyborg Justino taking on Charmaine Tweet for the featherweight title. All hit the scales Thursday with two not making weight (explained below).

You can watch the weigh-in video here.

All photos courtesy Ester Lin/InivctaFC.


Vidal and Ladd
Vidal and Ladd

Aspen Ladd (125.5) vs Ana Carolina Vidal (125.75)

The Fighters:

Aspen Ladd (8-1 amateur): With six finishes, Ladd was one of the hottest amateur prospects before signing to Invicta.

Ana Carolina Vidal (1-0 amateur): The BJJ black belt had problems finding opponents and decided to turn pro.

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The Storyline:

Ladd’s reputations precedes her as California’s brightest amateur talent. With Ladd’s original opponent out due to injury, she faces a BJJ phenom in Vidal who is looking to prove herself as a crossover sensation.

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What to expect:

Vidal’s striking has yet to be tested and this being only her second fight, it will be a tough match with the battle tested Ladd. They say black belts become blue belts once they get hit. Will be interesting to see if Vidal can weather the storm and take it to the ground.


Stanley and Salazar
Stanley and Salazar

Christine Stanley (125.5) vs Laura Salazar (128.9) *

The Fighters:

Christine Stanley (3-1): The knockout specialist is coming off a KO of the Year Award win.

Laura Salazar (3-0): Also a KO specialist, she has yet to see a second round.

* California State Athletic Commission wouldn’t allow Salazar to cut any more weight. Fined 25% of her purse.

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The Storyline:

Stanley, who is a teammate of Liz Carmouche, has finished all of her wins in less than a minute. This includes a five second spinning head kick KO that got her signed to the promotion. Her solo loss was to Justin Kish by submission.

Salazar also hails from the Golden State and has fought on the Xplode Fight Series. All her wins came withing three minutes.

Strangely enough, the two have never crossed paths until now.

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What to expect:

Salazar is taking the match on only a few days notice and up a weight class. The question is will this help or hurt her. With her not cutting that much more weight it could help in terms of endurance. However, Stanley may have a strength advantage coming in.

Both like to bang and have explosive power to knock people down so it will be interesting to see what happens if this goes to round 2.


Brianna Van Buren and Amy Montenegro
Van Buren and Montenegro

Amy Montenegro (115.6) vs. Brianna VanBuren (115.5)  

The Fighters:

Amy Montenegro (5-1): A staple of the northwest scene, she has finished in four of her wins.

Brianna Van Buren (3-1): Impressive in her loss to Stephanie Eggink at XFC, she has won back to back fights.

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The Storyline:

Montenegro has been a solid talent in the Seattle area and has submitted in three of her wins. She got the call to Invicta after back to back finishes and has been under the radar until now.

VanBuren made some waves in the MMA community with her performance against InvictaFC fighter Stephanie Eggink in a bout in the XFC.  She has a notable win over Patricia Vidonic.

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What to expect:

Montenegro’s BJJ is solid and is dangerous from the top and on her back. VanBuren has solid wrestling and strong for a fighter in the division. Noting this, it won’t surprise us if this winds up being a stand up battle between two great grapplers.


Moyle and Aldrich
Moyle and Aldrich

Jamie Moyle (115.5) vs J.J. Aldrich (115.6)

The Fighters:

Jamie Moyle (1-0): The Tuff-n-uff contract winner showed why she deserved to be signed to Invicta in her last win.

J.J. Aldrich (1-0): The experienced amateur made an impression in her Invicta debut.

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The Storyline:

These are two of the young guns in the strawweight division and both looking to climb up the ladder. With Moyle out of Syndicate MMA and Aldrich out of 303, both have two solid gyms behind them in what should be a close fight.

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What to expect:

Both looked great in their feet and on the ground in dominate performances. It’s a tough call where this is going to go but word is Moyle is working on her wrestling. Should be a contender for “Fight of the Night”


Aldana and Schneider
Aldana and Schneider

Irene Aldana (135) vs Colleen Schneider (135.33)

The Fighters:

Irene Aldana (4-1): The Mexican standout has first round finishes in all of her wins.

Colleen Schneider (6-5):The Strikeforce vet has found momentum winning five of her last six.

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The Storyline:

Aldana is considered by many to be the future of Invicta’s bantamweight division; that is if the UFC doesn’t sign her. Schneider has found a resurgence with her new gym in L.A. and training with UFC fighters Josh Barnett and Shayna Baszler.

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What to expect:

Schneider has faced tough opponents before and has weathered storms. She is stronger than she has ever been. Schneider’s wrestling could prove troublesome for Aldana, who needs to keep it on the feet.


Bennett and Center
Bennett and Center

DeAnna Bennett (116)* vs Norma Rueda Center (116.8)**

The Fighters:

DeAnna Bennett (6-0): The flyweight contender looks to continue her success at strawweight.

Norma Rueda Center (3-1): The InvictaFC vet returns to work her way into the strawweight rankings.

* Bennett was 0.2 pounds off on the first attempt but made weight on the second Will be fined 10% of her purse.

** Center decided not to drop the 0.8 pounds and will forefeit 25% of her purse

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The Storyline:

Bennett was on the verge of a flyweight title shot with Barb Honchak but surprised most of the fans by dropping down to 115. After Lynn Alvarez dropped out due to injury, Center got the call back to Invica coming off a win over BJJ black belt Michelle Nicolini.

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What to expect:

The big question is how Bennett will look after her cut down to strawweight. Center comes from a wrestling background and has some solid endurance behind her. Look for Center to take it to the ground while Bennett to keep it standing.


Grasso and Inoue
Grasso and Inoue

Alexa Grasso (115) vs Mizuki Inoue (115.25)

The Fighters:

Alexa Grasso (6-0): The strawweight phenom could secure her name as a title contender with a win.

Mizuki Inoue (8-3): The Japanese champion is still looking to hold two belts for two different all female promotions.

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The Storyline:

Much like her teammate Aldana, Grasso is seen as the future of Invicta if the UFC doesn’t grab her first. With four of her wins coming by first round TKO or KO, she is steadily becoming a star and a title contender. DEEP-JEWELS champ Inoue is looking to gain back some momentum after losing to KSW champ Karolina Kowalkiewicz at Invicta 9 by split decision.

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What to expect:

The match has “Fight of the Night” written all over it. Grasso’s power and Inoue’s precision striking will make for a unique battle. If either fighter gets the KO it would be surprising, as would if it going to the ground.


Justino and TRweet
Justino and TRweet

Cris Justino (144.5) vs Charmaine Tweet (144.8)

The Fighters:

Cris Justino (12-1; 1 NC): The champ is back and is looking to return to #1 in the featherweight division.

Charmaine Tweet (6-4): The Canadian is looking to shock the world.

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The Storyline:

Justino took a year off from MMA to improve her striking and attempt to make 135. Cyborg comes back ready to defend her title. Tweet has gained momentum with back to back wins and looking upset one of the best pound for pound fighters in the business.

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What to expect:

Justino is no stranger to cage rust, and overcomes it well. Cyborg is coming off a Muay Thai loss to current Lion Fight champ Jorina Baar, who proved Justino is human. Tweet’s length should play a factor if she can keep Justino at distance and not get swarmed. Leg kicks could also come into play with Tweet.

Cyborg needs to stay above drama between her and a certain UFC champ and focus on the task at hand.

InvictaFC Releases Full Fight Card for Los Angeles Debut

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Inoue
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Grasso

The strawweights will be prominently featured in InvictaFC’s 11th card at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles February 27.

After news broke Monday night of the main event featherweight title match between Cyborg Justino and Charmaine Tweet, Invicta released the complete eight fight card.

The co-main event will feature a battle of InvictaFC 115 title contenders in DEEP-JEWELS champion Mizuki Inoue and undefeated Alexa Grasso.

Inoue (8-3) won the D-J title by defeating Emi Tomimatsu by armbar this past August. Inoue lost in her last InvictaFC match to Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

Grasso (6-0) won both of her InvictaFC fights, TKOing Alida Gray in her last outing.

In an interesting turn of events, flyweight title contender DeAnna Bennett has decided to drop to 115 and will take on veteran fighter Lynn Alvarez.

Bennett (6-0) has a win over TUF 18 winner Juliana Pena and has finished in four of her fights. She defeated Jennifer Maia at the last Invicta card.

Alvarez (6-3) has finished in all of her wins, and choked out Amber Stautzenberger in 45 seconds in her last win.

Rounding out the strawweight matches, XFC vet Brianna Van Buren (3-1) battles Amy Caldwell-Montenegro (5-1) and rising stars Jamie Moyle takes on J.J. Aldrich.

Two flyweight fights were also announced.

Undefeated submission specialist Emily Corso (5-0) takes on “Knockout of the Year” winner Christine Stanley (3-1) and undefeated striker Kristi Lopez battles amateur standout Aspen Ladd.

The lone bantamweight fight sees Mexico’s  Irene Aldana (4-1) take on 7 year vet Melanie LaCroix (3-2).

The fights will stream on UFC Fight Pass.


 Complete InvictaFC 11 card

Main Event

  • Cris “Cyborg” Justino (c) vs. Charmanine Tweet – Featherweight title

Co-Main Event

  • Alexa Grasso vs. Mizuki Inoue (115)

Main Card

  • DeAnna Bennett vs. Lynn Alvarez (115)
  • Irene Aldana vs. Melanie LaCroix (135)

Preliminary Card

  • Jamie Moyle vs. J.J. Aldrich (115)
  • Brianna Van Buren vs. Amy Montenegro (115)
  • Christine Stanley vs. Emily Corso (125)
  • Kristi Lopez vs. Aspen Ladd (125)

Invicta Heads to L.A.; Cyborg vs. Tweet to Main Event

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Cyborg
Tweet
Tweet

Invicta will start 2015 in sunny California.

MMAFighting.com broke the news Monday night  the promotion will hold it’s 11th card on February 27th in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium, a night before Ronda Rousey versus Cat Zingano at the Staples Center in L.A.

The main event will see Cyborg Justino defend her featherweight title against Charmaine Tweet.

Justino will return after a year and a half absence as she was trying to drop to bantamweight and fighting Muay Thai. Her last Invicta match saw her defeat Marloes Coenen for the second time.

Tweet has won back to back fights, including her Invicta debut over Veronica Rothenhausler by first round TKO.

The rest of the card is expected to be announced Tuesday.

InvictaFC 10 Primer

InvictaFC will have it’s tenth card Friday night in Houston, Texas, which will stream on UFC Fight Pass starting at 6 p.m. pst/9 p.m. est. Few promotions could say they have that kind of streak being on a major platform.

The last card of the year has eight fights. Two bouts scrapped due to some unforeseen circumstances.  Irene Aldana had came down with a case of bronchitis and had to drop off the card. Meanwhile, the Texas Commission nixed a fight between Charmaine Tweet and Faith Van Duin after Tweet was requested to take additional tests due to her age and she had failed one of them. It is not known what test it was.

With that in mind, the eight fights Friday are some of the closest to be booked by the promotion.

All photos courtesy Esther Lin/InvictaFC


Ostovich jophnson weigh inRachael Ostovich (126) vs Evva Johnson (125)

The Fighters:

Rachael Ostovich (1-1): The Hawaiian star has looked impressive, coming off an armbar win over Misha Nassiri.

Evva Johnson (1-0): A staple of the Ohio River Valley MMA scene, Kentucky’s Johnson has been a submission machine in most of her fights.

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The Storyline:

Ostovich is looking to continue what has been a strong run of Hawaiian based female fighters making an impact on the mainland. Johnson will be dropping down to flyweight in hopes to work her way through what has been InvictaFC’s marquee division.

Both are looking to be impressive in their debuts.

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What to expect:

Ostovich doesn’t only have a solid striking game but has a wrestling and judo background. Johnson’s BJJ could be problematic to Ostovich if the fight goes to the ground as Johnson could work submissions off her back.


frey robb weigh inJinh Yu Frey (106.25)* vs Cassie Robb (105)

The Fighters:

Jinh Yu Frey (2-1): Frey is coming off a razor thin loss to Jodie Esquibel. The kickboxer has racked up some nasty knockouts over her career.

Cassie Robb (0-2): After a relatively successful amateur career, Robb is seeking her first pro win.

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The Storyline:

Robb was expected to fight in 2013 at InvictaFC 7 but due to her opponent vastly missing weight, the commission nixed the fight. She was promised by Shannon Knapp a match on a future card, and that promise was fulfilled.

Frey’s loss was somewhat controversial in some people’s eyes and is looking to get back in the win column. She is the homestate fighter in the match.

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What to expect:

Frey’s striking is pretty vicious once she gets going, so it’s important for Robb to control the pace. Robb’s striking has improved the past year, and can hang in the pockets with Frey, but only for so long. For Robb to have a chance, she needs to take it to the ground.

*Frey missed weight and decided not to cut the extra 0.25 pounds. Will forfeit 25% of her purse to Robb


Alida Gray Alexa Grasso weigh inAlexa Grasso (115.25) vs Alida Gray (115)

The Fighters:

Alexa Grasso (5-0): The Mexican fighter looked impressive in her InvictaFC debut. The striker is one of the rising stars in the strawweight dvision.

Alida Gray (4-1):  Her only loss being to the #1 strawweight on the planet, Gray has had a Knockout of the Year Award.

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The Storyline:

Grasso and her teammate Irene Aldana have put Mexico on the map in terms of a new WMMA hotspot.  She is looking to work her way into the InvictaFC strawweight title mix with a win.

Gray is also looking to get into the title hunt, and recover after a heartbreaking loss to WSOF champion Jessica Aguilar.

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What to expect:

If this stays standing, it will be a war. Both have the possibility for getting the knockout. The edge on the ground goes to Grasso, who is a grappling champion in Mexico.


Andria Wawro Peggy Morgan weigh inAndria Wawro (147)** vs Peggy Morgan (145)

The Fighters:

Andria Wawro (3-1): On the cusp of the top 10 in the feathweight division, Warwo has back to back wins.

Peggy Morgan (2-2): The TUF 18 vet is returning to featherweight after an unsuccessful run at bantamweight.

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The Storyline:

We dubbed this “The Battle of the Red Heads”. Warwo is looking to make her mark in her InvictaFC debut and work her way into title contention. Morgan is looking for redemption after a heartbreaking loss in her InvictaFC debut.

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What to expect:

Warwo has an experience edge coming in and has been on a roll. Morgan’s drop to 135 made her looked drained and tired. The question will be if Morgan will be stronger and faster at 145 and if Warwo will be a little more drained after trying to cut some more pounds after her first weigh-in.

**Warwo missed weight on the first try at 149. Weighed in at 147 on second try. Will forfeit 25% of her purse.


Jennifer Maia DeAnna Bennett weigh inDeAnna Bennett vs Jennifer Maia (125)

The Fighters:

DeAnna Bennett (5-0): The Utah fighter has finished in 4 of her five pro wins. She is coming off a TKO over Michelle Ould in both their InvictaFC debuts.

Jennifer Maia (9-3-1): The InvictaFC vet is coming off back to back wins in her home country of Brazil.

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The Storyline:

The decision on who will face flyweight champion Barb Honchak next will depend on how this fight and the Modafferi versus Lee fight pans out. #3 ranked Maia has been on the cusp of title contention and needs a win to move forward. Bennett has moved to the #4 spot and will look to make her run for the belt.

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What to expect:

Maia has found difficulty finishing opponents, but has edged out wins in the judges’ eyes. Bennett is stepping up in competition, but has proved to be a finisher. If it goes the distance, the edge goes to Maia, but Bennett could shock the world with a finish once again.


Modafferi  lee weigh inRoxanne Modafferi vs Andrea Lee (125)

The Fighters:

Roxanne Modafferi (16-11): The 11 year vet of the sport snapped a six fight win streak at InvictaFC 7.

Andrea Lee (2-0): The rising star of the flyweight division has been impressive in the first two pro wins.

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The Storyline:

With Vanessa Porto out due to injury, Lee is stepping up in competition for the match. An accomplished striker, a win would move her into the top 10 of the flyweights.

Modafferi has seen a renaissance in her career, with her new striking skills that has made her a more well rounded fighter. A win her will get here one step closer to a rematch with Honchak.

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What to expect:

Although Modafferi’s striking has improved, Lee has had more experience outside MMA and is at a higher level. Modafferi has more experience on the ground, but Lee has a blue belt in BJJ and a brown in judo. If it does goes to the ground it will be an interesting chess match with the patient Modafferi and the more aggressive Lee.

We will see if Modafferi’s overall experience advantage will win the day or if Lee prove to be the next superstar in the flyweight division.


dandois evinger weigh inTonya Evinger vs Cindy Dandois (135)

The Fighters:

Tonya Evinger (14-5): Winner for 5 straight, Evinger’s submission over Ediane Gomes at InvictaFC 8 has made her a contender for the vacant bantamweight strap.

Cindy Dandois (5-1): After a three year absence from action, Dandois is looking to be impressive in her comeback.

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The Storyline:

Evinger’s win streak and no non-sense attitude has made her one of the top stars in the promotion. On the cusp of gold, a win over Dandois would solidify her status.

Dandois will be dropping to 135 for the first time and is coming back after a long absence. She had been training with Miesha Tate off and on over the past year.

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What to expect:

Evinger has seemed to be more focus her past couple of fights after being inconsistent a few years ago. The question mark will be Dandois as she may have changed as a fighter with two years of training and not fighting. Will cage rust effect Dandois or will we see a new star in the making?


Waterson Tiburcio weigh in

Michelle Waterson vs Herica Tiburcio – 105 title

The Fighters:

Michelle Waterson (12-3):The InvictaFC champion has taken the mantle of being the go-top star of the promotion.

Herica Tiburcio (8-2): The Brazilian stand out has 6 of eight wins by submission.

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The Storyline:

Waterson is in need of challengers and with Ayaka Hamasaki set to fight New Years Eve and Seo Hee Ham moving to the UFC, Tiburcio gets the call to get the title shot in her second match at 105.

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What to expect:

This is a huge step up for Tiburcio. Waterson’s striking was on a whole other level in her fight with Yasuko Tamada. Tiburcio strength is in her ground game. If the fight goes past three rounds, there is a big question mark on Tiburcio conditioning.

 

Seven Matches Complete InvictaFC 10 Card

10603678_750151341744242_5244403773931709176_nTuesday morning, InvictaFC released the rest of the matches for their upcoming 10th card in Houston, TX December 5.

In what will be a flyweight contender’s match, #3 Unified ranked Jennifer Maia will face #5 ranked DeAnna Bennett.

Maia (9-3-1) has back to back wins in Brazil this year, and will make her return to the promotion. Her last fight in Invicta saw her lose a decision to current UFC fighter Leslie Smith in a title eliminator. A win will get her back in consideration for a title fight.

The undefeated Bennett (5-0) got her biggest win of her career with a TKO win over Michelle Ould at InvictaFC 8. She has finished all but one of her pro opponents.

After a successful debut at lightweight, Charmaine Tweet will return to featherweight to take on #4 ranked Faith Van Duin.

#8 ranked Tweet (6-4) has won 5 of her last 6 fights, with those 5 wins being finishes. In her last outing at InvictaFC 8, Tweet handed Veronica Rothenhausler her first defeat.

New Zealand’s Van Duin (4-1) made her mark winning the Storm Damage one night tournament last August in Australia. She is coming off a loss to Arlene Blenclowe.

After impressive debuts at InvictaFC 8, Mexico’s Irene Aldana and Alexa Grasso will return to action in separate matches against Marion Reneau and Alida Gray respectfully. Also announced, Peggy Morgan, who will be returning to featherweight, will take on promotional debuter Andria Wawro; InvictaFC vets Jinh Yu Frey and Cassie Robb will face off in an atomweight encounter; and Rachael Ostovich and Evva Johnson will make their promotional debuts.

The main event will feature Michelle Waterson defending her atomweight title for the second time as she faces Brazilian Hérica Tibúrcio. The co-main event will see Tonya Evinger and Cindy Dandois in a bantamweight match; and the featured bout will see Roxanne Modafferi versuses Vanessa Porto in a rematch of their 2008 encounter.

InvictaFC 10 will emanate from Houston, Texas December 5th and will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Video – Charmaine Tweet Talks Win; Going up in Weight

Courtesy Ester Lin/InvictaFC
Courtesy Ester Lin/InvictaFC

Being there in person, you saw a different Charmaine Tweet that you may have in the past.

No MMA fighters are ever smiling ear to ear during weight cuts, but Tweet seemed like the happiest fighter on the planet and tipping the scales at 155.

Her win over Veronica Rothenhausler was one of Tweet’s best performances, getting a TKO victory and cementing the 155 division in InvictaFC.

We talked to Tweet about the fight, only cutting a little, and her fight prospects in the future.