Note: This is a column I wrote for MMA Latest News
Women’s MMA fans can start placing their bets as Invicta Fighting Championships revealed the full card for Invicta FC 12, April 24, at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.
The main card features several marquee bouts, including the strawweight title match between Katja Kankaanpää and challenger Livia Renata Souza and the 125-pound title eliminator bout between Roxanne Modafferi and Vanessa Porto. Invicta veterans Amanda Bell, Peggy Morgan and Ediane Gomes also return to the Invicta cage.
Like all the promotion’s preliminary cards, Invicta FC 12’s lower portion features faces that are known to Invicta and hardcore WMMA fans, as well as competitors who will compete in the Invicta cage for the first time.
Lacey Schuckman and Cassie Rodish, who competed in early Invicta events will both return to the cage after a lengthy absence. Schuckman faces Idaho-native Jenny Liou Shriver, who lost to Jamie Moyle at Invicta Fc 9. Shriver rebounded from the loss to defeat Susy Watson at SFL 36.
Rodish, who is coming off a first-round submission over Raquel Magdaleno back in October, welcomes journeyman Stephanie Skinner to the Invicta cage. Skinner has won three of her last four fights.
Delaney Owen returns to Invicta to take on Sharon Jacobson. Owen, who recently defeated Amber Stautzenberger, is still looking for her first Invicta win. She lost her Invicta debut to JJ Aldrich back in September. Jacobson has won her last two fights, one of those in 44 seconds.
Shannon Sinn is another fighter who is looking for her first win in the Invicta cage, as well as hopes to snap a two-fight losing streak. She takes on Maureen Riordon, a three-sport professional athlete who hopes to capture her first professional MMA victory. Riordon is a journeyman who gained notoriety on the regional circuit. She also has professional kickboxing and boxing experience.
At the bottom of the card – but certainly not least – is prospect Roma Pawelek taking on Sijara Eubanks. Pawelek, who went 5-1 as an amateur, won her professional debut against Ashleigh Heustis back in November, via second-round TKO. Although Eubanks has professional mixed martial arts experience, she has a brief, but successful 2-0 amateur, is an accomplished grappler and a multiple-time IBJJF champion.
The preliminary card has some potential to be exciting. Many of the competitors are known scrappers and aren’t afraid to get dirty or bloody in the center of the cage. While it’s good to see veterans like Schuckman and Rodish return to Invicta after some time away, it’s nice to get some new blood and there is a lot of potential with the fighters competing on a big stage for the first time in their careers.
Invicta FC 12 full fight card
Invicta FC strawweight championship bout
Katja Kankaanpää (10-1-1) vs. Livia Renata Souza (7-0)
Invicta FC flyweight title eliminator bout
Roxanne Modafferi (17-11) vs. Vanessa Porto (17-6)
Amanda Bell (3-2) vs. Faith Van Duin (4-1)
Ediane Gomes (10-3) vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi (4-4)
Peggy Morgan (3-2) vs. Latoya Walker (4-0)
Lacey Schuckman (10-8) vs. Jenny Liou (3-1)
Cassie Rodish (5-4) vs. Stephanie Skinner (4-5)
Delaney Owen (3-1) vs. Sharon Jacobson (2-1)
Shannon Sinn (1-2) vs. Maureen Riordon (0-1)
Roma Pawelek (1-0) vs. Sijara Eubanks (0-0)