Invicta FC has recently announced the full lineup for their May 21st return, which includes two title fights at the top of the lineup. The main event is set to see Karina Rodriguez and Daiana Torquato compete to become the new Invicta FC Flyweight Champion.
The fight will headline the promotion’s debut on U.S. TV channel AXS TV. The move to the broadcaster comes after the promotion was purchased by Anthem Sports & Entertainment, as reported earlier in the month. The event will take place in Kansas City, Kansas, USA, the same town where a large number of their events have been held thus far.
The main event fight sees Rodriguez get a shot after six fights in the promotion. Rodriguez had a two-fight win streak snapped in her last appearance, as she lost a fight to Porto in late 2019.
Torquato is returning to Invicta FC after defeating Sarah Frota in a different promotion last year. She has previously appeared for Invicta FC under their one-night “Phoenix Series” tournament format, where she was eliminated in the second round of an eight-woman bracket.
Invicta’s move to find a new champ comes after former titleholder Vanessa Porto vacated her belt last year amid a move to Bellator.
A previously reported title fight will take place in the co-main event, as Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Alesha Zappitella will face Jessica Delboni. The fight will give Zappitella the first chance to defend her 105-pound belt since gaining it last year.
The card includes numerous returning names to Invicta FC, including some fighters still relatively early in their careers.
Two of the more experienced fighters on the card will compete in the fifth bout, as Emily Ducote will face Lizz Tracy in a strawweight fight.
The bottom half of the card sees five undefeated fighters compete. Some names are returning to the promotion like Juliana Miller or Josee Storts, with others like Ariana Melendez and Fatima Kline stepping in the Invicta FC cage for the first time.
Here is the full lineup:
Bout 7: Karina Rodriguez (8-4) vs. Daiana Torquato (10-3) (Vacant Invicta FC Flyweight Championship)
Bout 6: Alesha Zappitella (8-2) vs. Jessica Delboni (10-2) (Invicta FC Atomweight Championship)
Bout 5: Emily Ducote (9-6) vs. Liz Tracy (5-4) (Strawweight)
Bout 4: Taneisha Tennant (3-1) vs. Hope Chase (3-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 3: Juliana Miller (2-0) vs. Claire Guthrie (2-1) (Flyweight)
Bout 2: Josee Storts (2-0) vs. Maria Jose Favela (2-0) (Flyweight)
Bout 1: Fatima Kline (0-0) vs. Ariana Melendez (1-0) (Strawweight)