Invicta Fighting Championships, the all-women’s MMA organization, is taking the next step in their short span as an organization by making their next event a pay-per-view.
In an interview with MMA Fight Corner, Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp announced that Invicta FC 4, which takes place Jan. 5 2013, will be a pay-per-view.
“We built the brand and now we’re in the process, we’ll start with the first . … We’ll see how that goes. But we’re prepared to use the internet.”
In its inaugural year as an organization Invicta FC held three fight cards, all of which were streamed online for free. Each event had one or two match-ups that made my favorites list and introduced me, and other die-hard MMA fans, to a plethora of women fighters.
By taking this step, Invicta is breaking out of its phase as the new organization on the block, and establishing itself as one of the top MMA organizations in the country.
One downside to making the event a pay per view is that some fans may not have the means to pay for the event. Other fans may scoff at the idea of having to pay to a watch a fight card because they were spoiled by getting to watch the first few fight cards for free.
However, Invicta FC 4, which features 13 matches, including the Strawweight title match between Carla Esparza and Claudia Gadelha, would be a breath of fresh air for fans who are looking for an alternative to five or six-bout fight card that are broadcast on a UFC pay-per-view.
Another plus to having this event a pay-per-view is that Invicta will be able to pay the fighters and crew more money. MMA is a sport that requires a lot of money and many beginning fighters have second jobs. Although they won’t be making Anderson Silva dollars, the increase in pay can help them pay the bills.
In addition to the payoff, fighters who are trying to establish themselves get a chance to perform in front of a potentially wider audience.
There is no official word on the price of the event.
What do you think of Invicta FC 4 becoming a pay per view? How much would you be willing to pay for it? Answer with a comment below or send a tweet to @alstover with the hashtag #RantMMA.