Invicta FC 13 … the road so far

Invicta Fighting Championships is coming off a successful 12th event this past weekend and it looks like the planning for its 13th fight card is underway with three matches.

Cris Justino vs. Faith Van Duin – Invicta featherweight title bout
Faith Van Duin played spoiler to Amanda Bell, who she submitted with a rear-naked choke early in the second round. She faces a dangerous opponent in the champion Cris Justino, who is coming off a 46-second TKO finish over Charmaine Tweet. “Cyborg” also has a UFC contract and titleholder Ronda Rousey to think about.

It will be interesting to see where Justino’s head is in preparation for this fight. Meanwhile Van Duin has a Herculean-task ahead of her. She has a good ground game, but she’ll need to find a way to get Justino to the ground and keep her there.

Herica Tiburcio vs. Ayaka Hamasaki – Invicta FC atomweight title bout
Herica Tiburcio is riding a lot of momentum after her upset win submission win over Michelle Waterson for the atomweight championship. She faces a seasoned veteran in Ayaka Hamasaki, who will look for redemption in the Invicta cage.

Hamasaki last appeared for the promotion at Invicta FC 6, where Claudia Gadelha finished her in the third round. Since then she’s gone 2-0 in competition.

Catherine Castigan vs. Amber Brown
The first nontitle fight that’s been announced is Amber “The Bully” Brown taking on Irish prospect Catherine Costigan. Brown is pretty well rounded while Costigan has a strong submission game.

This should be an exciting bout between two up-and-comers who are looking to make their marks in the atomweight division.

A third title match is expected to take place at Invicta fFC 13. Some speculate it would be for the vacant bantamweight title. Another possible bout is the rematch between Vanessa Porto and flyweight champion Barb Honchak.


About Al Stover

I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. I currently work as a Staff Reporter for the Cheney Free Press. I have interviewed characters like cage fighters, drag queens and dungeon masters. I like Batman, coffee, MMA and beer.
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