InvictaFC confirmed another six bouts for their fifth card Friday, including the long rumored match between former Strikeforce champ Sarah Kaufman and Leslie Smith.
#2 Unified ranked bantamweight Kaufman (15-2-0) is coming off a loss to now UFC champ Ronda Rousey. Her only other loss was to Marloes Coenen, when she lost the Strikeforce title. After her championship loss, she went 3-0, including a win over Alexis Davis.
#10 ranked Smith (5-2-1) is coming off a win over Raquel Pennington on InvictaFC 4, and is becoming one of the fan favorites of the promotion. Her split draw with Kaitlin Young at InvictaFC 1 was one of the matches of the year in 2012. She would defeat Young at InvictaFC 3. A win over Kaufman could propel her towards the top five of the division.
In another match announced, #2 ranked featherweight Ediane Gomes will take on #4 Julia Budd in what could be a title qualifier. Gomes (10-2-1) is coming off a win over former #2 Hiroko Yamanaka at InvictaFC 5. Since her loss to Rousey, she has been on a five fight win streak, including a win over the aforementioned Smith.
Budd (4-2) also recovered from her loss to Rousey and is on a two fight win streak. She defeated Danielle West at InvictaFC 3 in her last bout via TKO.
The winner could be facing Marloes Coenen for the featherweight title later this year.
Kaitlin Young will return to Invicta as she will take on Amanda Nunes. Young (7-7-1) is looking to get her record back on track coming off two straight losses. She lost to Smith in a rematch at InvictaFC 3 in her latest outing. Nunes (7-3) is also coming off a loss. She lost via decision to Sarah D’Alelio at InvictaFC 4, and looking to get in the bantamweight rankings.
Among the preliminary bouts announced, Australian kickboxer-turned-MMA-fighter Alex Chambers will make her U.S. and atomweight debut taking on former kickboxing champ and InvictaFC 4 vet Jodie Esquibel.
Coming off a 72 second TKO, knockout artist Veronica Rothenhausler (1-0) will take on Mollie Estes (1-1), who looked great before losing to Randi Miller at InvictaFC 1.
Undefeated bantamweight River Jones (6-0 ammy) will make her pro debut against Lauren Barefoot (1-0 pro), who also went undefeated as an amateur.
Four more matches as expected to announced next week, with Jessamyn Duke (135) and Rose Namajunas (115) still awaiting their fight announcements.
InvictaFC 5 will be tentatively held at the Ameristar Casino in Kansas City, MO April 5. Viewing options to be announced.
Current Card (Subject to change)
- #1 STRAW Jessica Penne (c) vs. #3 STRAW Michelle Waterson – Atomweight title
- #4 FLY Barb Honchak vs. #6 FLY Vanessa Porto – vacant Flyweight title
- Sarah Kaufman vs. Leslie Smith
- #7 FLY Zoila Gurgel vs. Jennifer Maia
- Bec Hyatt vs. Jasminka Cive
- #4 FEATHER Julia Budd vs. #2 FEATHER Ediane Gomes
- Kaitlin Young vs. Amanda Nunes
- Alex Chambers vs. Jodie Esquibel
- River Jones vs. Lauren Barefoot
- Veronica Rothenhausler vs. Mollie Estes
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