Invicta Fighting Championships puts on its sixth, and like most young promotions, biggest show to date this Saturday July 13th. Before we get to just a few of the reasons that fight fans should tune into the card Saturday night at 6pm CST , here is a quick history lesson on the promotion for the uninitiated.
When the UFC purchased its largest rival Strikeforce in early 2011, alarms went off throughout the female MMA community. Zuffa had never promoted female bouts before, and there was little evidence at the time to lead anyone to believe that would change. Several female fighters reached out to longtime MMA executive, Shannon Knapp. Knapp began to explore the viability of an all-female MMA promotion. Strikeforce would continue to have one women’s division, but the figurative ball was already in motion.
With MMA luminaries King ‘Mo’ Lawal and Mauro Ranallo providing commentary, Invicta FC 1 was streamed live and free over the internet from Kansas City in April of 2012. A memorable and exciting card from top to bottom, their inaugural event featured former Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen, Strikeforce veteran Liz Carmouche, and the MMA debut of Olympic medalist Randi Miller. With the kind of fights promoters pray for, the debut of Invicta could not have gone any better. Four out of seven of the main card bouts did not make it to the judges, and the three that did were so good, no one wanted to see end.
Fast forward roughly a year and Invicta FC is now THE platform in regards to Women’s MMA. With respect to UFC, there is a different feel to an all Women’s MMA event as opposed to an event comprised mainly of male fighters, with one women’s bout on the entire card. Female athletes are Invicta’s focus, not an afterthought. Female athletes in MMA have never had a permanent home before, one where they know that it’s theirs.
Invicta has provided them with said home, and the athletes have returned the favor by fighting their hearts out on every single card so far. You fight for your home; you don’t fight for a job you do not like. This promotion means something to the athletes, and they want to make sure that it sticks around.
A four bout prelim portion of the card will air for free on InvictaFC.Com, beginning at 6pm Saturday night. With all four bouts providing some exciting matchups, including the return of battle hardened veteran, Ediane Gomes viewers can easily sample the product before deciding to purchase the main PPV on most cable and satellite providers, or continue with the online stream, with both options costing a low $14.95.
When your friends try to tell that women do not hit as hard as the men do, pull up a clip Team Alpha Male knockout artist Veronica Rothenhausler. All four of her pro and amateur bouts have ended in the first round via KO or TKO, and two of the bouts ended in the first 5 seconds. Rothenhausler takes on Missouri native Mollie Estes in the second bout of the prelims.
Wait you say, we want some submissions. Look no further than the kickoff bout of the PPV portion of the card when Rose Namajunas takes on fellow undefeated prospect Tecia Torres. Rose won her last bout in just 12 seconds via a FLYING ARMBAR. Tell me the last time you saw that outside of a Jiu Jitsu competition. As an added bonus, if Namajunas wins, you will get to see a UFC heavyweight jump, scream, and cry simultaneously in the shape of Namajunas’ boyfriend, Pat Barry.
Craving some Japanese MMA? Two of Japan’s top women’s athletes, Mizuki Inoue and Ayaka Hamasaki face off with Bec Hyatt and Claudia Gadelha respectively.
Need a little trash talking? Look no further than the aforementioned Hyatt, a Tasmanian devil from down under who is quickly becoming a fan favorite for her brash and verbose nature on the mic and via social media.
Or are you looking for a champion level striking match? Seven time Muay Thai world champion Miriam Nakamoto takes on boxing world champion Duda Yankovich. Nakamoto isn’t the only Muay Thai world champion on the card either. Scottish warrior Joanne Calderwood will try to impose her will on tough Jacksons MMA product, Norma Rueda Center.
Last, but certainly not least, we come to a grudge match three plus years in the making, and the main event of the evening, Marloes Coenen versus Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino. Justino and Coenen previously fought in 2010, a bout which Cyborg won on strikes, though Coenen contends it was an early stoppage and she could have continued. Coenen has a reputation as one of the toughest female athletes on the planet, but will it be enough against on the sport’s most violent competitors in Cyborg? If the stakes weren’t high enough, the winner becomes the first Invicta FC Featherweight Champion.
Without even touching on all of the bouts, there is clearly something for everyone this Saturday night in Kansas City. The fights themselves might not be as shocking as others this month, but what might be, is how much you enjoy them.