All-women’s MMA promotion Invicta FC will have new ownership and a new distribution deal for their return event on May 21st. A recent sale of the promotion to Anthem Sports & Entertainment has aligned Invicta FC to broadcast on AXS TV in the U.S. and Fight Network in Canada – two channels owned by the company, per a report from Ariel Helwani of ESPN.
Invicta FC is currently looking to have their atomweight champion Alesha Zappitella fight Jessica Delboni at their May 22nd event, although the matchup has not been confirmed as of yet. The event will be the promotion’s TV debut after previously being available through internet options.
Invicta FC had previously aired on internet service UFC Fight Pass, which includes programming from other big regional promotions like LFA, CFFC and Titan FC.
Invicta’s move to AXS brings MMA programming back to the channel. AXS has aired regional promotions LFA and Combate Americas in recent years, although it did not have MMA in its current lineup before acquiring Invicta FC.
AXS, formerly known as HDNet, has had MMA in its programming for years, including broadcasts of now-defunct Japanese MMA promotion DREAM. The channel also previously hosted original in-studio programming, running a series titled “Inside MMA” from 2007 to 2016.
Invicta FC has yet to hold an event in 2021, making them one of the few prominent MMA promotions out of the mix currently. They held six events in 2020, including four after adjusting to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Their last event was in November, which included PFL fighter Kayla Harrison in the main event against Courtney King.