Invicta may have had a few hiccups in their pay-per-view usage at this weekend’s event, but that has not stopped them from announcing their next fight card. Invictica 5 is set for April, but there is no venue or exact date for the card. Headlining will be the inaugural crowning of a flyweight champion in a bout between Vanessa Porto and Barb Honchak. Porto has fought a literal who’s who of the female MMA world, having competed as high as 145. From Christiane Justino to Amanda Nunes she has faced them all, but she found her home at 125 with a win over veteran Tara LaRosa. Honchak will ride a six fight win streak into this title bout.
Another title fight will have atom weight(105 lb.) champion Jessica Penne defend her title against a to be determined fighter. At 10-1 with eight finishes, Penne has the ability to be a big draw for Invicta. Her only loss came at a weight class above her own against Bellator champion Zoila Gurgel. Penne captured the title with a triangle choke against the previously unbeaten Japanese import Naho Sugiyama. According to sources close to Penne, it is a possibility that she will defend her title against the Greg Jackson trained “Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson, who has said she is open to a title bout.
Lastly, former Strikeforce bantamweight champion Sarah Kaufman will finally make her promotional debut after an injury kept her off last October’s Invicta fight card. Kaufman probably has one of the better stand-up games in the 135 division as she owns 10 wins by TKO/KO in her 15 victories, but her opponents may know her weakness may be the armbar since both of her losses have come by way of that submission. With a win in her debut, Kaufman could factor into the bantamweight title picture which is currently up for grabs in Invicta.