Invicta FC 5 just keeps getting more promising by the minute.
The all-women’s promotion announced several more bouts for their April event.
On a card that already includes two championship fights, one between Jessica Penne and Michelle Waterson for the atomweight title and the other a flyweight title match between Vanessa Porto and Barb Honchak, Invicta FC 5 will mark the highly anticipated Invicta FC debuts of former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman and Bellator champion Zolia Frausto Gurgel. Kaufman will take on rising star Leslie Smith while Gurgel faces Brazilian prospect Jennifer Maia.
Speaking of highly anticipated, a number of veterans will be making their return to the Invicta FC cage including Kaitlin Young, Julia Budd, Amanda Nunes and Ediane Gomes. Budd and Gomes will face off in a featherweight bout while Young and Nunes will square off in a bantamweight brawl that will surely leave the crowd breathless.
Bec Hyatt, who made her Invicta debut back in the main event of Invicta FC 4, will welcome Jasminka Cive to the Invicta cage. Knockout artist Veronica Rothenhausler faces Mollie Estes and Jodie Esquibel goes one-on-one against Alex Chambers.
Two undefeated warriors Lauren Barefoot, who is 1-0 in her professional career, will face River Jones, who went 6-0 as an amateur with four TKOs.
While it is no secret that I am excited for the debuts of Kaufman and Gurgel, I was very impressed by both Hyatt and Rothenhausler at the last Invicta event. Rothenhausler has that knockout power that is rare among WMMA fighters in the featherweight division, while Hyatt showed her heart and resiliency in her match against Carla Esparza.
I am also excited to see the return of both Young and Smith. Although she is coming off of a loss, Young has been training with the likes of submission specialist Jessmayn Duke, who is also scheduled to compete on the Invicta FC 5 card. This will no doubt add to Young’s already dangerous striking game.
As for Smith – which I already wrote about earlier – a fight with Kaufman will not only propel her career to the next level, but also could turn out to be a match of the year candidate.
While the streaming problems of Invicta FC 4 might have left a bad taste in the mouths of fans, this card is already stacked with so much talent that it would not matter what the price.
Here is the current Invicta FC 5 card
Jessica Penne vs. Michelle Waterson for the Invicta FC Atomweight championship
Barb Honchak vs. Vanessa Porto for the Invicta FC Flyweight championship
Bec Hyatt vs. Jasminka Cive
Zoila Gurgel vs. Jennifer Maia
Sarah Kaufman vs. Leslie Smith
Kaitlin Young vs. Amanda Nunes
Ediane Gomes vs. Julia Budd
Alex Chambers vs. Jodie Esquibel
Veronica Rothenhausler vs. Mollie Estes
River Jones vs. Lauren Barefoot
Which Invicta FC fight are you most excited for? Answer with a comment below or send a tweet to @alstover with the hashtag #RantMMA.