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Shannon Knapp Talks PED Testing; InvictaFC’s 2015

14377_801891273236915_7231466061573882623_nIn what is one of the biggest weekends in the women’s divisions’ history, Invicta looks to gain a lot of traction as they co-headline with the UFC in Los Angeles February 27th weekend.

InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp talked to us Friday to catch us up on what to expect in 2015 and her opinions on PED testing.

Knapp confirmed to us strawweight champion Katja Kankaanpää will be defending her title at InvictaFC 12, with an opponent, date, and location to be announced in the coming weeks. She also plans on revealing the rest of the 2015 schedule.

Knapp affirmed Ayaka Hamasaki will be the first challenger to atomweight champion Herica Tiburcio, with the match to take place on the next few cards.

As for the lingering question of the bantamweight title, she is expecting to crown the champion by the end if the year, but is awaiting certain things to fall into place. She has stated on several occasions Tonya Evinger will be one of the fighters vying for the vacant title.

Concerning the lightweights, she explained the division is still a “work in progress”. Knapp mentioned the possibility for “superfights” in the future; some which could be above 155.

When asked about the growing PED testing failures by some athletes, Knapp could only talk from her own experience within her own promotion.

“If we are in an area that doesn’t require testing, we do it anyway,” Knapp expressed.

She also came to the defense of her champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino who has been fodder of many accusations of her taking PEDs. Justino tested positive in 2011 for Stanozolol, which is used to lose weight.

“I tested her before I even signed her,” Knapp explained. “Justino didn’t know ahead of time. We have her tested in and out of competition and has tested clean every time. I am behind her 100% as long as she does so.”

In other notes, we were able to confirm atomweight standout Simona Soukupova will be returning to the Invicta cage soon. Another European, Mellony Geugjes, will also being making her Invicta debut this year.

Finally, Zoila Frausto is still under the Invicta banner, and will hopefully be returning to strawweight by the end of the year.

As for their upcoming 11th card…

“Expect some surprises,” Knapp emphasized. “The fans will be amazed at what they will see and who is going to be at the event.”

InvictaFC 11 will emanate from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles February 27. The event will be streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

InvictaFC 10 Heads to Houston; Waterson vs. Tiburcio to Headline


InvictaFC President Shannon Knapp announced the last InvictaFC of the year will be heading to Houston December 5th.

With the news of Cyborg Justino out due to a knee injury, Michelle Waterson will step up once again to defend her atomweight title against Brazilian Herica Tiburcio. Tiburcio (8-2) has won three straight and took current UFC strawweight Claudia Gadelha the distance. Tiburcio was set to fight at Invicta 9, but a visa issue had negated her debut.

Waterson dominated Yasuko Tamada in her first title denfence at InvictaFC 8.

Knapp also announced two more fights, including a bantamweight co-main event between Tonya Evinger and Cindy Dadnois. Evinger is currently in Houston training; and Dandois looks to refutrn to action after a few years absence.

In what will most likely be a #1 contenders match, Roxanne Modafferi and Vanessa Porto will battle in a flyweight contest.

The full card will be announced this week. The event will stream on UFC Fight Pass December 5.

InvictaFC 9 Weigh-in Results – Honchak and Hashi Ready for Title Match

Honchak and Hashi Courtesy InvictaFC
Honchak and Hashi Courtesy InvictaFC

Weigh-ins on Halloween always look to be fun, and the InvictaFC fighters didn’t disappoint as they hit the dreaded scales dressed up to celebrate.

All but two came in on weight for InvictaFC’s ninth card. The Davenport, Iowa crowd was treated to several costumed figures, including InvictaFC Presdient Shannon Knapp as UFC Presdient Dana White and matchmaker Julie Kedzie as her UFC counterpart Joe Silva. Among the fighters, Kelly McGill graced the stage as Minnie Mouse and Nicdali Rivera-Colonac came in as Harley Quinn. (You can see pictures here on Invicta’s FB page).

If you want to see the video we have it posted here.

The main event will feature Barb Honchak defending her flyweight title for the second time against veteran Japanese fighter Takyo Hashi. Both made weigh under the 125 pound limit.

Both Maegan Goodwin (138.8 pounds) and Maria Hougaard Djursaa (148.6) were overweight and 25% of their purse will be given to their opponents.

Michael Schiavello and Julie Kedzie will be doing the commentary duties, while InvictaFC fighter Laura Sanko will be doing in-cage interviews.

The event will start at 8 p.m. central time and will stream on UFC Fight Pass. We will have a live stream of the post fight presser here on Wombat Sports shortly after the event.

Weigh-in results:

Main Event

  • Barb Honchak (124.4; champion) vs Takayo Hashi (124.8) – flyweight title

Co-main event

  • Mizuki Inoue (115.0) vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz (115.0)

Main Card

  • Kaitlin Young (145.0) vs Raquel Pa’aluhi (145.0)
  • Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc (105.2) vs Jodie Esquibel (105.8)
  • Amber Brown (105.6) vs Liz McCarthy (105.2)
  • Amanda Bell (145.6) vs Maria Hougaard Djursaa (148.6)*
  • Shannon Sinn (125.4) vs Andrea Lee (125.0)
  • Strawweight (115): Jenny Liou Shriver (115.8) vs Jamie Moyle (115.0)
  • Kelly McGill (135.8) vs Maegan Goodwin (139.8)**

*Hougaard missed weight and will forfeit 25% of her purse to Bell. Weight contested now at lightweight

**Goodwin missed weight and will forfeit 25% of her purse to McGill. Weight contested now at featherweight