Invicta FC 8 Complete Card Announced for Sep. 8 on FightPass
Invicta FC President and owner Shannon Knapp and UFC Chief Content Officer Marshall Zelaznik announced today on a UFC conference call that Invicta FC 8 will officially take place on September 8th in Kansas City, MO, moving from the 3000 seat Ameristar Casino to the 10,000 seat Municipal Auditorium this time. The event will be aired domestically exclusively online on UFC FightPass. In addition, the UFC uploaded all previous Invicta events and matches to their digital service.
The card will be headlined by Atomweight Champion and world #1 Michelle Waterson (11-3) taking on Deep/Jewels star Yasuko Tamada (15-8-3), ranked #6 in the WMMA Unified Rankings. Co-headliners will be Stephanie Eggink (4-1) taking on Katja Kankaanpää for the vacant Strawweight championship.
Invicta also announced the launch of their Lightweight division with KO powerhouse Veronica Rothenhausler taking on Canadian kickboxer Charmaine Tweet, as a part of the ten-match card. While Lightweight is a division which will largely have to be split off from the already very shallow Featherweight division, if Invicta can provide a regular high-profile platform for larger female athletes, it’s definitely not unreasonable to think more women that size will take up MMA.
Curiously, Invicta’s highest profile star and Featherweight Champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino is absent from the card, and her previously announced opponent, former world #2 Featherweight Ediane Gomes (recently no longer ranked due to inactivity), will be dropping to Bantamweight to take on Tonya Evinger, in what could very well be a Title Eliminator to fill the vacant belt. When asked about Cyborg, Knapp would not comment on who or at what weight class Cyborg would be fighting next, but did say that she would be fighting on FightPass and that Invicta “is in the process of getting her down to Bantamweight”, possibly for an eventual move to the UFC.
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