Although Invicta Fighting Championship’s next event will feature a featherweight championship between legends Marloes Coenen and Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino, there have been a couple of strawweight matches that will keep fans on the edge of their seats.
Invicta FC Strawweight champion Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza (9-2) will make her first title defense against Jewels 115-pound champion Ayaka Hamasaki (9-0). The two were originally supposed to face off back at Invicta FC 4, but Hamasaki decided to instead defend her Jewels title against Emi Fujino (11-6).
While Hamasaki is undefeated, Esparza has been on a roll since her debut in Invicta FC. This fight could be close, but if Esparza can get a submission before the championship rounds, she will take the title home.
In addition to the Esparza vs. Hamasaki title fight, former title contender Bec “Rowdy” Hyatt (5-2) will return to the Invicta cage and face Mizuki Inoue (5-1). While both fighters are coming into the match with impressive first-round submission victories, both fighters also have striking experience. Of the three matches that have been announced, I predict this one will steal the show.
One fighter I am curious about is the Scottish scrapper Joanne Calderwood (6-0), who is coming off of a big win over Sally Krumdiack (9-7) at Cage Warriors 53. Prior to the match, it was announced that Calderwood had signed a six-fight contract with Invicta FC.
While I’m sure she’ll have a successful run in the Invicta cage, I’m curious to see who she will fight first. One fighter who could match Calderwood’s striking skills would be Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres (2-0), who is set to make her professional Muay Thai debut.
Invicta FC 6 is scheduled to take place in July, but there has yet to be an official announcement.
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