Invicta FC 48: Tennant vs. Rubin Preview

Taneisha Tennant and Olga Rubin face off at the Invicta FC weigh-ins.
Taneisha Tennant is expected to face Olga Rubin in Wednesday’s main event (Dave Mandel / Invicta FC)

Invicta FC will hit the road this week, presenting a six-fight card from the Reelworks Denver in Denver, Colorado, USA. This will be their fourth show of the year, continuing what looks to be a bi-monthly schedule throughout 2022.

The short lineup for Wednesday will be headlined by a title fight up at bantamweight. Returning with the goal of defending her Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship for the first time, Taneisha Tennant will face Olga Rubin.

Here’s a full preview of the show.

Main Card (9:00PM EDT / 7:00PM MDT) (AXS TV / Youtube)

Bout 1: Auttumn Norton (1-1) vs. Maria Djukic (2-0) (Bantamweight)

Half of Wednesday’s card will be bantamweight fights. In the first of those three matchups, Auttumn Norton and Maria Djukic will face off.

Norton will be returning to Invicta FC after somewhat of a break. She had her rookie year as a pro in 2019, scoring a win and a loss in the promotion. Her last fight was a unanimous decision win over Shaianna Rincon at Invicta FC 38.

Djukic will be making her Invicta FC debut. She is entering the promotion after scoring two wins on the Canadian regional scene.

Bout 2: Amber Leibrock (5-4) vs. Morgan Frier (4-3) (Featherweight)

In the sole featherweight bout on the card, Amber Leibrock and Morgan Frier will battle.

Leibrock is coming back to Invicta FC after competing in other promotions. She notably had a run in Bellator from 2018 to 2019, attaining one win through four appearances. She is returning to Invicta FC after scoring a pair of first-round finish wins in Gladiator Challenge.

Frier is also a Gladiator Challenge alum, having earned all of her pro wins for the promotion. She is coming back to competition after not competing in 2020 or 2021. She last fought in the lightweight division during PFL’s 2019 season, where she suffered two consecutive first-round finish losses.

Bout 3: Melissa Oddessa Parker (3-1) vs. Isis Verbeek (3-1) (Strawweight)

Two-sport talent Melissa Oddessa Parker will face Isis Verbeek in the night fight.

Parker is currently managing a career in both MMA and boxing. As a pro boxer she has scored numerous wins, and currently has an MMA record of three wins and one loss. She is coming to Invicta FC after earning two wins in Texas-based Fury FC recently, submitting two consecutive opponents.

Verbeek is coming back to Invicta FC after scoring three consecutive wins in other promotions. Along with that trio, she recently scored a victory under bare-knuckle MMA rules in October 2021.

Bout 4: Liana Pirosin (8-4) vs. Kristina Williams (5-3) (Flyweight)

Both looking to build off recent wins, Liana Pirosin and Kristina Williams will meet at flyweight.

Pirosin fought quite recently, going the distance against Janaisa Morandin in May for a close scorecard win. That performance snapped a two-fight skid for her.

Williams earned a victory at Invicta FC’s March card, taking a split decision against Flore Hani.

Bout 5: Talita Bernardo (7-4) vs. Yana Gadelha (7-4) (Bantamweight)

UFC alum Talita Bernardo will appear in the co-main event against Yana Gadelha.

Bernardo was on the UFC roster from 2017 to 2019, strictly competing in their bantamweight division. She exited the roster after scoring just one win through four fights.

She has bounced back since that run, defeating fellow UFC alum Lucie Pudilova on an OKTAGON card last year.

Gadelha will be making her first-ever Invicta FC appearance in Wednesday’s co-main event. She is coming over after mostly competing on the regional scene in Brazil. Her last fight was in May when she lost to Kelly Ottoni. Before then, she had a strong 2021 that saw her pick up three wins and one loss.

Bout 6: Taneisha Tennant (4-1) vs. Olga Rubin (7-2) (Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship)

Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Taneisha Tennant is scheduled to face Olga Rubin in the final bout of the evening.

Tennant became champion last year, going five rounds against Lisa Verzosa to claim the vacant belt in a unanimous decision result. This performance put also her back into the win column after taking her sole pro loss in 2020, losing to Danyelle Wolf on UFC TV show “Dana White’s Contender Series.”

Rubin has never competed in Invicta FC before but enters the promotion with a load of experience. Rubin’s career includes four wins and two losses in Bellator, fighting up at featherweight during that time. Those defeats came against two of the more experienced names in the division, losing to Julia Budd and Sinead Kavanagh.

Rubin is getting the title shot after winning her bantamweight debut last year, defeating Priscila de Souza on a OKTAGON card.

Rubin has the chance to make a statement this weekend and earn a belt in her Invicta FC debut. But Tennant has the chance to stop that from happening and further cement herself in the promotion’s history instead.

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