Invicta Fighting Championships

Invicta Fighting Championships, also known as Invicta FC, is an American professional mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion dedicated to Women's mixed martial arts that was founded in 2012 by Janet Martin and Shannon Knapp. The promotion is currently owned by the Canadian-based Anthem Sports & Entertainment.[1] [2][3]

Invicta Fighting Championships
TypePrivate
IndustryMixed martial arts promotion
Founded2012; 10 years ago (2012)
FounderShannon Knapp
Janet Martin
HeadquartersUnited States
Area served
United States
Key people

Shannon Knapp (President)
Julie Kedzie (Matchmaker)
Amanda Nunes (matchmaker and athlete development team)
OwnersAnthem Sports & Entertainment
Websitehttp://www.invictafc.com/

The company's name comes from the Latin word for "invincible and incomparable", which appears in the feminine form.[4]

HistoryEdit

After Zuffa, parent company of the UFC, purchased rival promotion Strikeforce in March 2011 (2011-03), Shannon Knapp received several calls from female fighters concerned about a possible lack of representation for women's MMA. Knapp would meet with Janet Martin and the two acquired the financial resources needed to launch a new MMA promotion.[2][5][6]

The promotion held its first event, Invicta FC 1 on April 28, 2012 (2012-04-28).[7] The event was headlined by a rematch between former Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Marloes Coenen and French fighter Romy Ruyssen.[7] The event also marked the MMA debut of 2008 Summer Olympics women's freestyle wrestling medalist Randi Miller.[8][9]

On June 9, 2012, it was announced that Invicta has formed a strategic partnership with Japanese promotion JEWELS to cross-promote fighters on their respective cards in the United States and Japan.[10] On September 24, Invicta would announce another cross-promotional partnership with the Super Fight League.[11]

Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg, which took place on July 13, 2013, would mark the first event to be aired on cable and satellite pay-per-view, in addition to IPPV through a deal with Integrated Sports Media for live viewing.[12] In 2014, Invicta began exclusively streaming events on UFC Fight Pass, with the company's fight library also made available on the service. Invicta FC 8 would be the first event to stream live on Fight Pass.[13]

On February 24, 2015, Brazilian channel Combate acquired broadcast rights to Invicta live events as well as events from the Invicta library in South America.[14]

On April 15, 2021, it was announced that Anthem Sports & Entertainment had acquired Invicta.[15] Starting with Invicta FC 44 on May 21, 2021, Invicta events are broadcast live on the Anthem-owned networks AXS TV and Fight Network in the United States and Canada, respectively. Invicta's events would also stream live on the promotion's YouTube channel.[16] On September 21, 2022, Invicta announced that it had made a deal with FOX Sports Mexico for Mexican broadcast rights, starting with Invicta FC 49.[17]

RosterEdit

RulesEdit

Invicta's current rules follows the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts that were originally established by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board and modified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.[18]

EventsEdit

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Scheduled eventsEdit

# Event Date Venue Location
56 Invicta FC 51: Tennant vs. Bernardo January 18, 2023 ReelWorks Denver Denver, Colorado, U.S.

Past eventsEdit

# Event Date Venue Location
55 Invicta FC 50 November 16, 2022 ReelWorks Denver Denver, Colorado, U.S.
54 Invicta FC 49: Delboni vs. DeCoursey September 28, 2022 Sugar Creek Casino Hinton, Oklahoma, U.S.
53 Invicta FC 48: Tennant vs. Rubin July 20, 2022 ReelWorks Denver Denver, Colorado, U.S.
52 Invicta FC 47: Ducote vs. Zappitella May 11, 2022 Memorial Hall Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
51 Invicta FC 46: Rodríguez vs. Torquato II March 9, 2022
50 Invicta FC 45: Zappitella vs. Delboni II January 12, 2022 Police Athletic League
49 Invicta FC 44: A New Era August 27, 2021 Memorial Hall
48 Phoenix Tournament: Atomweight June 11, 2021
47 Invicta FC: Rodríguez vs. Torquato May 21, 2021 Police Athletic League
46 Invicta FC 43: King vs. Harrison November 20, 2020
45 Invicta FC 42: Cummins vs. Zappitella September 17, 2020
44 Invicta FC 41: Morandin vs. Ruiz July 30, 2020
43 Invicta FC 40: Ducote vs. Lima July 2, 2020
42 Phoenix Series 3 March 6, 2020 Memorial Hall
41 Invicta FC 39: Frey vs. Cummins II February 7, 2020
40 Invicta FC 38: Murata vs. Ducote November 1, 2019
39 Invicta FC 37: Gonzalez vs. Sanchez October 4, 2019
38 Phoenix Series 2 September 6, 2019
37 Invicta FC 36: Sorenson vs. Young August 9, 2019
36 Invicta FC 35: Bennett vs. Rodriguez II June 7, 2019
35 Phoenix Series 1 May 3, 2019
34 Invicta FC 34: Porto vs. Gonzalez February 15, 2019
33 Invicta FC 33: Frey vs. Grusander II December 15, 2018 Scottish Rite Temple Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
32 Invicta FC 32: Spencer vs. Sorenson November 16, 2018 Firelake Arena Shawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.
31 Invicta FC 31: Jandiroba vs. Morandin September 1, 2018 Scottish Rite Temple Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
30 Invicta FC 30: Frey vs. Grusander July 21, 2018
29 Invicta FC 29: Kaufman vs. Lehner May 4, 2018
28 Invicta FC 28: Mizuki vs. Jandiroba March 24, 2018 Union Event Center Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
27 Invicta FC 27: Kaufman vs. Kianzad January 13, 2018 Scottish Rite Temple Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
26 Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedźwiedź December 8, 2017
25 Invicta FC 25: Kunitskaya vs. Pa'aluhi August 31, 2017 Tachi Palace Lemoore, California, U.S.
24 Invicta FC 24: Dudieva vs. Borella July 15, 2017 Scottish Rite Temple Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
23 Invicta FC 23: Porto vs. Niedźwiedź May 20, 2017
22 Invicta FC 22: Evinger vs. Kunitskaya II March 25, 2017
21 Invicta FC 21: Anderson vs. Tweet January 14, 2017
20 Invicta FC 20: Evinger vs. Kunitskaya November 18, 2016
19 Invicta FC 19: Maia vs. Modafferi September 23, 2016
18 Invicta FC 18: Grasso vs. Esquibel July 29, 2016
17 Invicta FC 17: Evinger vs. Schneider May 7, 2016 OC Fair & Event Center Costa Mesa, California, U.S.
16 Invicta FC 16: Hamasaki vs. Brown March 11, 2016 Trinidad Pavilion Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
15 Invicta FC 15: Cyborg vs. Ibragimova January 16, 2016 OC Fair & Event Center Costa Mesa, California, U.S.
14 Invicta FC 14: Evinger vs. Kianzad September 12, 2015 Municipal Auditorium Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
13 Invicta FC 13: Cyborg vs. Van Duin July 9, 2015 The Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
12 Invicta FC 12: Kankaanpää vs. Souza April 24, 2015 Municipal Auditorium Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
11 Invicta FC 11: Cyborg vs. Tweet February 27, 2015 Shrine Expo Hall Los Angeles, California, U.S.
10 Invicta FC 10: Waterson vs. Tiburcio December 5, 2014 Arena Theater Houston, Texas, U.S.
9 Invicta FC 9: Honchak vs. Hashi November 1, 2014 RiverCenter Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
8 Invicta FC 8: Waterson vs. Tamada September 6, 2014 Municipal Auditorium Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
7 Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith December 7, 2013 Ameristar Casino Kansas City
6 Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg July 13, 2013
5 Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson April 5, 2013
4 Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt January 5, 2013 Memorial Hall Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
3 Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama October 6, 2012
2 Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann July 28, 2012
1 Invicta FC 1: Coenen vs. Ruyssen April 28, 2012

Current championsEdit

Division Upper weight limit Champion Since Title Defenses Top Contender
Featherweight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st) Vacant July 13, 2021
Bantamweight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)   Taneisha Tennant August 27, 2021 (Invicta FC 44) 1
Flyweight 125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st) Vacant July 17, 2022
Strawweight 115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)   Valesca Machado November 16, 2022
Atomweight 105 lb (48 kg; 7.5 st)   Jillian DeCoursey September 28, 2022 (Invicta FC 49)

Title historyEdit

Featherweight ChampionshipEdit

136 to 145 lbs (62 to 66 kg)
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Cris Cyborg
def. Marloes Coenen
Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg
Kansas City, MO, USA
July 13, 2013 1351 days
1. def. Charmaine Tweet at Invicta FC 11 on Feb 27, 2015
2. def. Faith Van Duin at Invicta FC 13 on July 9, 2015
3. def. Daria Ibragimova at Invicta FC 15 on Jan 16, 2016.
-   Megan Anderson
def. Charmaine Tweet for interim title
Invicta FC 21: Anderson vs. Tweet
Kansas City, MO, USA
January 14, 2017 -
Justino vacated the title on March 24, 2017 to compete full time with the UFC.
2   Megan Anderson
promoted to undisputed champion
Invicta FC 22: Evinger vs. Kunitskaya II
Kansas City, MO, USA
March 24, 2017 88 days
Anderson vacated the title on June 20, 2017 to sign with the UFC
3   Felicia Spencer
def. Pam Sorenson
Invicta FC 32: Spencer vs. Sorenson
Shawnee, OK, USA
November 16, 2018 129 days
Spencer vacated the title on March 26, 2019 to sign with the UFC
4   Pam Sorenson
def. Kaitlin Young
Invicta FC 36: Sorenson vs. Young
Kansas City, KS, USA
August 9, 2019 705 days
Sorenson vacated the title on July 13, 2021 to sign with Bellator MMA

Bantamweight ChampionshipEdit

126 to 135 lbs (57 to 61 kg)
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Lauren Murphy
def. Miriam Nakamoto
Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith
Kansas City, MO, USA
December 7, 2013 208 days
Murphy vacated title on July 3, 2014 to sign with the UFC.
2   Tonya Evinger
def. Irene Aldana
Invicta FC 13: Cyborg vs. Van Duin
Las Vegas, NV, USA
July 9, 2015 724 days
1. def. Colleen Schneider at Invicta FC 17 on May 7, 2016.
NC. vs. Yana Kunitskaya at Invicta FC 20 on Nov 18, 2016.
2. def. Yana Kunitskaya at Invicta FC 22 on Mar 25, 2017.
Evinger had her defeat at Invicta FC 20 annulled on December 1, 2016 after proving that the referee took her out of a favorable position and remained champion.
Evinger vacated title on July 3, 2017 to sign with the UFC.
3   Yana Kunitskaya
def. Raquel Pa'aluhi
Invicta FC 25: Kunitskaya vs. Pa'aluhi
Lemoore, CA, USA
August 31, 2017 160 days
Kunitskaya vacated title on February 7, 2018 to sign with the UFC.
4   Sarah Kaufman
def. Katharina Lehner
Invicta FC 29: Kaufman vs. Lehner
Kansas City, MO, USA
May 4, 2018 368 days
Kaufman vacated title on May 9, 2019 to sign with the PFL.
5   Julija Stoliarenko
def. Lisa Spangler
Invicta FC Phoenix Series 3
Kansas City, KS, USA
March 6, 2020 147 days
Stoliarenko vacated title on July 31, 2020 to sign with the UFC.
6   Taneisha Tennant
def. Lisa Spangler
Invicta FC 44: A New Era
Kansas City, KS, USA
August 27, 2021 456 days
(incumbent)
1. def. Olga Rubin at Invicta FC 48 on July 20, 2022.

Flyweight ChampionshipEdit

116 to 125 lbs (53 to 56 kg)
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Barb Honchak
def. Vanessa Porto
Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson
Kansas City, MO, USA
April 5, 2013 1266 days
1. def. Leslie Smith at Invicta FC 7 on Dec 7, 2013
2. def. Takayo Hashi at Invicta FC 9 on Nov 1, 2014
-   Jennifer Maia
def. Vanessa Porto for interim title
Invicta FC 16: Hamasaki vs. Brown
Las Vegas, NV, USA
March 11, 2016 -
Honchak was stripped of the title due to inactivity on September 22, 2016
2   Jennifer Maia
promoted to undisputed champion
Invicta FC 19: Maia vs. Modafferi
Kansas City, MO, USA
September 22, 2016 652 days
1. def. Roxanne Modafferi at Invicta FC 19 on Sept 23, 2016
2. def. Agnieszka Niedźwiedź at Invicta FC 26 on Dec 8, 2017
Maia vacated title on July 7, 2018 to sign with the UFC.
3   Vanessa Porto
def. Pearl Gonzalez
Invicta FC 34: Porto vs. Gonzalez
Kansas City, MO, USA
February 15, 2019 564 days
Porto vacated title on September 2, 2020 to sign with Bellator MMA.
4   Karina Rodríguez
def. Daiana Torquato
Invicta FC: Rodríguez vs. Torquato
Kansas City, KS, USA
May 21, 2021 421 days
1. def. Daiana Torquato at Invicta FC 46 on Mar 9, 2022
Rodríguez vacated title on July 17, 2022 to sign with Bellator MMA.

Strawweight ChampionshipEdit

106 to 115 lbs (49 to 52 kg)
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Carla Esparza
def. Bec Hyatt
Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt
Kansas City, KS, USA
January 5, 2013 341 days
Esparza vacated title on December 11, 2013 to participate in The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned.[20][21]
2   Katja Kankaanpää
def. Stephanie Eggink
Invicta FC 8: Waterson vs. Tamada
Kansas City, MO, USA
September 6, 2014 230 days
3   Lívia Renata Souza
Invicta FC 12: Kankaanpää vs. Souza
Kansas City, MO, USA
April 24, 2015 380 days 1. def. DeAnna Bennett at Invicta FC 15 on Jan 16, 2016
4   Angela Hill
Invicta FC 17: Evinger vs. Schneider
Costa Mesa, CA, USA
May 7, 2016 274 days
1. def. Kaline Medeiros at Invicta FC 20 on Nov 18, 2016
Hill vacated title on February 4, 2017 to return to the UFC.
5   Virna Jandiroba
def. Mizuki Inoue
Invicta FC 28: Mizuki vs. Jandiroba
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
March 24, 2018 379 days
1. def. Janaisa Morandin at Invicta FC 31 on Sep 1, 2018
Jandiroba vacated title on April 7, 2019 to sign with the UFC.
6   Brianna Van Buren
def. Kailin Curran
Phoenix Series 1
Kansas City, KS, USA
May 3, 2019 39 days
Van Buren vacated title on June 11, 2019 to sign with the UFC.
7   Kanako Murata
def. Emily Ducote
Invicta FC 38: Murata vs. Ducote
Kansas City, KS, USA
November 1, 2019 305 days
Murata vacated title on September 2, 2020 to sign with the UFC.
8   Emily Ducote
def. Danielle Taylor
Invicta FC 44: A New Era
Kansas City, KS, USA
August 27, 2021 279 days
1. def. Alesha Zappitella at Invicta FC 47 on May 11, 2022
Ducote vacated title on June 2, 2022 to sign with the UFC.[22]
9   Valesca Machado
def. Karolina Wójcik
Invicta FC 50: Strawweight Title Tournament
Denver, CO, USA
November 16, 2022 9 days
(incumbent)

Atomweight ChampionshipEdit

96 to 105 lbs (44 to 48 kg)
No. Name Event Date Reign Defenses
1   Jessica Penne
def. Naho Sugiyama
Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama
Kansas City, KS, USA
October 6, 2012 181 days
2   Michelle Waterson Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson
Kansas City, MO, USA
April 5, 2013 609 days 1. def. Yasuko Tamada at Invicta FC 8 on Sept 6, 2014
3   Hérica Tibúrcio Invicta FC 10: Waterson vs. Tiburcio
Houston, Texas, USA
December 5, 2014 216 days
4   Ayaka Hamasaki Invicta FC 13: Cyborg vs. Van Duin
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
July 9, 2015 737 days 1. def. Amber Brown at Invicta FC 16 on Mar 11, 2016
2. def. Jinh Yu Frey at Invicta FC 19 on Sept 23, 2016
Hamasaki vacated title on July 15, 2017 to sign with Rizin.
5   Jinh Yu Frey
def. Minna Grusander
Invicta FC 30: Frey vs. Grusander
Kansas City, MO, USA
July 21, 2018 564 days
1. def. Minna Grusander at Invicta FC 33 on Dec 16, 2018
Frey was stripped of the title on February 6, 2020 after failing to make weight against Ashley Cummins at Invicta FC 39.
6   Alesha Zappitella
def. Ashley Cummins
Invicta FC 42: Cummins vs. Zappitella
Kansas City, KS, USA
September 17, 2020 482 days
1. def. Jéssica Delboni at Invicta FC 44 on May 21, 2021
7   Jéssica Delboni
Invicta FC 45: Zappitella vs. Delboni II
Kansas City, KS, USA
January 12, 2022 258 days
8   Jillian DeCoursey
Invicta FC 49: Delboni vs. DeCoursey
Hinton, OK, USA
September 28, 2022 59 days
(incumbent)

RecordsEdit

Most wins in title boutsEdit

Title wins Champion Division V D NC L
4   Cristiane Justino Featherweight 4 0 0 0
3   Barb Honchak Flyweight 3 0 0 0
  Ayaka Hamasaki Atomweight 3 0 0 0
  Jennifer Maia Flyweight 3 0 0 0

Most consecutive title defensesEdit

Defenses Champion Division Period
3   Cristiane Justino Featherweight July 12, 2013 – March 24, 2017

Champions by nationalityEdit

The division champions include only linear and true champions. Interim champions who have never become linear champions will be listed as interim champions. Fighters with multiple title reigns in a specific division will also be counted once.

Country Division
champions
Interim
champions
Total
  United States 11 - 11
  Brazil 6 - 6
  Canada 2 - 2
  Japan 2 - 2
  Australia 1 - 1
  Finland 1 - 1
  Lithuania 1 - 1
  Russia 1 - 1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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