When Invicta FC 5 was announced there was no date or place in mind, but they promised to have two title fights. The first announced was a flyweight title fight between Barb Honchak and Vanessa Porto, and the other would have Jessica Penne defending her atomweight title against a to be determined opponent. Well, Penne will not have to wait any longer as Michelle Waterson “The Karate Hottie” has been announced as her opponent for her first title defense. As for the fight card, it was set to take place on April 13th, but with the Ultimate Fighter season 17 finale taking place the same day the promotion has decided to think about a new date. The location targeted for the event will be the Bren Event Center in Irvine, CA. The current location of the upcoming Bellator 85. Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp could not verify the location at this time however.
Waterson was not the only person announced for the card for the card as four fighters from past Invicta FC fight cards have been announced as well. First, Bec Hyatt may have lost her straw-weight title bout to Carla Esparza, but her gritty ability showed, even though it was on short notice. She will get another chance come this April. Jessamyn Duke returns after taking Invicta FC 4 off. She made her professional debut at Invicta 2 after a 5-2 amateur career, winning by TKO in the third round. She followed that performance up with an armbar in the first round to go 2-0 as a professional.
Fans of Pat Barry welcome his antics in the corner of his girlfriend Rose Namajunas who won her professional debut by rear-naked choke. Many were quick to point out that she now officially has more career wins by submission than her male counter, with that one submission. Much respect to the prospect though as she is an accomplished amateur where she went 4-0. Lastly, Veronica Rothenhausler returns to continue her path of violence at Invicta FC 4 with another first round knockout in her professional debut. It took her longer than most of her fights at 1:12 since she has two-five-second knockouts in her amateur career. Keep watch on these names as the Invicta FC brand continues to grow.