Invicta FC 5 was trying to make their debut in the state of California, but it looks like they are heading back to Kansas City, M.S. where most of their cards have taken place. The promotion is set to put on the event on April 6, and it will be headlined by two title fights. Barb Honchak will face Vanessa Porto in the co-main event for the inaugural flyweight title, and Jessica Penne will defend her title against “The Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson.
It was always known the Sarah Kaufman would be making her debut for the promotion at the event, but before now she never had an opponent. Kaufman will be facing 5-2 Cesar Gracie representative Leslie Smith, who is currently 2-0-1 in Invicta FC. This will be Kaufman’s first fight since her losing effort against Ronda Rousey in Strikeforce. A lot is on the line, since a win could put either of them toward a shot in the UFC’s female bantamweight division, or in line to fight for Invicta’s 135-pound title.
Another fight in the bantamweight division will take place between Amanda Nunes and Kaitlin Young. Both fighters are looking to come back from tough defeats in their last fights. Nunes took on Sarah D’Alelio, who defeated her by unanimous decision. Young is 0-2-1 in the the promotion. Her draw came in her first fight against Leslie Smith, then she lost to UFC female bantamweight number-one contender Liz Carmouche, and the rematch with Smith did not go as planned when she was stopped due to punches.
The last bout announced for the card will have Bec Hyatt and undefeated promotional newcomer Jasminka Cive facing off. Hyatt fought for the title in her last bout, and while she lost by decision, she did take the fight on short notice. In Cive’s first five fights she has finished four by TKO/KO, and submitted an opponent as well. Fans and pundits like to downplay women’s MMA, but Invicta FC continues to put on exciting and relevant fights.