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Invicta FC 8 Preview

By: Matthew Pearlman


Invicta FC has been the center of MMA news the past few weeks. Why? They signed a historical deal with the UFC. Within this deal, Invicta Fighting Championships events will be live on UFC Fight Pass. They make there debut on UFC Fight Pass September 6th.


Invicta Fighting Championships puts a great card together with some of the best woman’s fighters in the world today. In the main event, Invicta FC Champion Michelle Waterson puts her title on the line against Yasuko Tamada. “The Karate Hottie” last fought April 5th, 2013 against the former champion Jessica Penne. In an epic fight, Waterson was able to catch Penne in an arm bar in the fourth round to win the world title. She is currently on a 5 fight winning streak and is 2-0 in Invicta FC. Tamada is looking to defeat Waterson in Waterson's first world title defense. Tamada is currently 15-8 and is on a 3 fight winning streak. She is coming off a win over Shooto veteran Yukiko Seki.


In the co-main event, XFC World Champion Stephanie Eggink takes on Katja Kankaanpaa for the Invicta FC vacant strawweight championship. Eggink is currently 4-1 and is on a 3 fight winning streak. Eggink captured the XFC Title when she defeated Angela Magana by a triangle choke in the second round. Kankaanpaa is currently 9-1-1 and is 1-1 in Invicta. She captured everyone’s attention when she defeated Aisling Daly in 2012 for Cage Warriors FC.


The bout following Eggink vs. Kankaanpaa is very exciting. Ediane Gomes takes on Tonya Evinger. Gomes is 10-2 and 2-0 at Invicta. She defeated current UFC Fighter and former Invicta FC Title Contender Leslie Smith, as well as the former World Title Contender Hiroko Yamanaka. Tonya Evinger is on a four fight winning streak with wins over Carina Damm, and Sarah D’Alelio in her Invicta FC debut.


Michelle Ould (7-3) makes her long awaited return when she takes on the undefeated DeAnna Bennett. Ould’s last fight was in 2012 when she defeated Munah Holland in Bellator. DeAnna Bennett is not an easy opponent, at 4-0 she has defeated Colleen Schneider and Julianna Pena, who won the Ultimate Fighter 18.


This isn’t it though! Ultimate Fighter Veteran and Former World Title Contender Roxanne Modafferi takes on Tara LaRosa; tough striker Veronica Rothenhausler takes on Charmaine Tweet; Alexa Grasso takes on Ashley Cummins; Jodie Esquibel takes on amazing kickboxer Jinh Yu Frey. There’s even more!


Make sure you get tickets to go to this event live on UFC Fight Pass on September 6th at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, MO.