A knee injury has forced strawweight champion Carla Esparza to drop out of her upcoming match with #1 contender Ayaka Hamasaki at InvictaFC 6 on July 13 in Kansas City, MO. Unbeaten Claudia Gadelha will be be filling in.
Gadelha (10-0) was to take on Joanne Calderwood in her debut, but has been pushed up to the co-main event spot for her InvictaFC debut. Having five submission wins to her credit, Gadelha is coming off a unanimous decision win over Herica Tiburcio in Brazil. This will be her first fight in the U.S., having fought Valerie Letourneau in Canada last year.
The #3 Unified ranked Hamasaki (9-0) is the current and last JEWELS 114 pound champion. She recently defend her title for the last time, defeating Emi Fujino by unanimous decision. In her InvictaFC debut, Hamasaki defeated Lacey Schuckman by a last minute armbar.
No word on who Calderwood’s replacement opponent will be, but it is expected to be announced in the coming week.