Former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Alesha Zappitella will get a crack at the strawweight division in May, facing 115-pound champ Emily Ducote. Their fight is scheduled to headline Invicta FC 47 on May 11th.
The location for the event is not known at the moment.
Zappitella was Invicta FC’s 105-pound champ for over a year, first gaining the belt in a decision victory against Ashley Cummins two years back. While she defended the belt against Jessica Delboni last year, Zappitella has since lost in a rematch to her. The long-time atomweight will be moving up a weight class for the upcoming title fight.
Ducote enters the matchup with the goal of defending her strawweight belt for the first time. She scored an emphatic win when gaining the vacant belt last year, landing a first-round head kick knockout against Danielle Taylor at Invicta FC 44. That was her second consecutive win in the promotion.
In the co-main event of the upcoming card, Courtney King will return in a fight at featherweight against Chelsea Chandler. King’s last appearance was in late 2020, losing a bout to PFL Champion Kayla Harrison. Also appearing for the first time in over a year, Chandler will be fighting to score her fourth consecutive win.
Veterans of Invicta FC are expected to appear lower on the card as well. In an atomweight pairing Lindsey VanZant and Jillian DeCoursey will meet. And up at bantamweight, former title challenger Lisa Verzosa will fight Serena DeJesus.
Bout 6: Emily Ducote (10-6) vs. Alesha Zappitella (9-3) (Invicta FC Strawweight Championship)
Bout 5: Courtney King (4-2) vs. Chelsea Chandler (3-1) (Featherweight)
Bout 4: Lindsey VanZant (7-5) vs. Jillian DeCoursey (4-3) (Atomweight)
Bout 3: Lisa Verzosa (6-2) vs. Serena DeJesus (4-2) (Bantamweight)
Bout 2: Janaisa Morandin (10-4) vs. Liana Pirosin (7-4) (Flyweight)
Bout 1: Jennifer Chieng (1-1) vs. Alyssa Linduska (0-0) (Strawweight)