Invicta FC Announces Return After 8-Month Absence, Former UFC Fighter Headlines In Title Fight

Invicta FC, a mixed martial arts promotion dedicated to showcasing the women’s side of the sport, has announced its long-awaited return.

The all-female promotion hasn’t staged an event since last October when a strawweight title fight between Danni McCormack and  Karolina Wójcik headlined a card at Citizens House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts.

Since then, plenty of rumors have floated around regarding the future of the promotion. But just weeks on from reports that the organization was finished, its re-emerged with a title fight, new distribution deal, and promise of a regular schedule in tow.

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Invicta FC Heads To Kansas City To Stage First Event Since October 2023

President Shannon Knapp announced Invicta FC’s first event of 2024 during an appearance on Sirius XM, also noting that a new distribution deal for the promotion will be revealed in the coming days.

Invicta FC 55 will take place on June 28 and see the organization return to Kansas City for the first time since 2022. Inside Memorial Hall, former UFC fighter Talita Bernardo (10-4) will headline in defense of her bantamweight title against Olga Rubin (9-3). 

Bernardo won the belt by outpointing Taneisha Tennant at Invicta FC 51 in January 2023. The Brazilian has amassed a four-fight win streak since departing the UFC off the back of a 1-3 run on MMA’s biggest stage.

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The promotion also announced its intention to form a regular calendar of fights, with the target being an event every six weeks. 

A number of notable female mixed martial artists rose to prominence courtesy of stints under the Invicta FC banner. Among those to have held gold in the promotion are Cris Cyborg, Carla Esparza, Jennifer Maia, Angela Hill, Megan Anderson, and Michelle Waterson-Gomez.

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Stars like former two-division UFC champion Amanda Nunes and two-time PFL title winner and current UFC bantamweight contender Kayla Harrison have also entered the cage at Invicta FC events.

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