Invicta Fighting Championships has added some power to its roster.
In a news release, the promotion announced it had signed Brazilian prospect Claudia Rey to a contract. Rey, who trains with Astra Fighting Team and comes from Balneario Camboriu, Santa Catarina, Brazil, said she is “super excited” to be a part of the roster.
“I always wanted to fight for Invicta and now I can do it. I always give it all in my fights and always look for the KO. I will bring it to the Invicta cage for sure!”
Rey, who made her professional mixed martial arts debut in 2013, sports a clean 6-0 record. She’s got two first-round submissions on her fight resume. In her fifth fight, she submitted Priscila Stadler in 15 seconds with a rear-naked choke. She’s also got powerful hands, having four knockouts to her credit, one of which was a nine-second KO against Natali Alves.
The news release stated that Ray would drop from her normal weight class of bantamweight and fight in the flyweight division, which is already stacked with well-known stars and hot prospects. While it could be easy for Rey to get lost in the 125-pound division, a win over the likes of a Andrea “KGB” Lee, DeAnna Bennett or Roxanne Modafferi could separate her from the pack. There’s also the option for Rey to move to bantamweight if 125 isn’t a good fit for her.
The promotion hasn’t set a date for Rey’s first foray inside of the Invicta cage, though it’s expected she’ll compete in late 2015. Her Invicta debut will not only mark her first fight at 125, but also the first time she’s fought outside of her home country.