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Streaming dwell on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, the occasion encompasses a handful of acquainted names blended with a number of newcomers seeking to make a mark for themselves contained in the Invicta FC cage.
Right here’s a have a look at what’s on faucet for Friday evening’s festivities.
Sarah Kaufman vs. Katharina Lehner for the vacant Invicta FC bantamweight title
When Yana Kunitskaya matriculated to the UFC earlier this 12 months, the proficient Russian gave up her title and now these two standout skills will conflict in a battle to find out who can be subsequent to sit down atop the 135-pound weight class.
Kaufman made her return to the Invicta FC cage earlier this 12 months with a unanimous choice win over Pannie Kianzad, her second consecutive victory since her first run within the UFC got here to a detailed. The previous Strikeforce titleholder is effectively rounded and has a ton of expertise, making her a tricky out for anybody that steps into the cage in opposition to her and with a victory right here, Kaufman ought to transfer one step nearer to a possible return to the Octagon.
The undefeated Lehner picked up a first-round stoppage win over Alexa Conners in her promotional debut and adopted it up with a choice win at dwelling in Germany late final 12 months. Prepping for the competition on the Jackson-Wink MMA Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the unbeaten standout ought to enter the cage outfitted with a sound recreation plan and all the time displays unwavering confidence within the cage.
Pannie Kianzad vs. Bianca Daimoni
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Daimoni makes her promotional debut boasting a 6-2 report, and she or he is raring to make a fast impression within the Invicta FC bantamweight division. She has fought completely in her native Brazil so far, so it will likely be attention-grabbing to see what influence – if any – the transition to competing within the American Midwest has on her.
With the division at present being realigned after dropping a pair of titleholders final 12 months, it is a terrific alternative for each ladies to stake a declare to a spot close to the highest of the rankings and doubtlessly set themselves up for a title shot within the not too distant future.
Pearl Gonzalez vs. Barbara Acioly
Gonzalez struggled in a pair of UFC appearances in 2017, however bought proper again into the win column by bouncing Kali Robbins from the ranks of the unbeaten in her Invicta FC debut in March. The San Diego-based fighter had gained six straight previous to her cup of espresso within the UFC and might re-establish herself as a risk within the 115-pound weight class with one other spectacular efficiency right here.
Acioly misplaced to former Invicta FC title challenger Takayo Hashi final trip and can be seeking to halt a two-fight slide when she steps into the cage with Gonzalez, however the Brazilian upstart collected 4 straight victories to start her profession and remains to be simply 25, so it’s attainable that her current struggles are merely a results of rising pains that may show optimistic in the long term.
Relying on how this one performs out, a future date with newly minted strawweight champ Virna Jandiroba down the road isn’t out of the query.
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Julia Avila vs. Marciea Allen
Unbeaten via her first 4 skilled bouts, the 29-year-old Allen is one to observe within the bantamweight division, boasting choice wins over present UFC contender Marion Reneau and the promotion’s inaugural flyweight champion Nicco Montano.
Competing contained in the Invicta FC cage for the primary time in additional than 5 years, Allen returns on a three-fight successful streak and carrying a resume chock-full of acquainted names. With victories over veterans like Carina Damm and Jan Finney, the “Black Widow” has proven she will cling with skilled foes and must be a tricky take a look at for the undefeated Avila on Friday evening.
Liz Tracy vs. Cheri Muraski
Tracy makes her sophomore look competing underneath the Invicta FC banner right here, seeking to construct on her unanimous choice win over Susy Watson in February. The Oregon native is simply Four-2 in her profession, however every of her losses, which got here in opposition to present UFC fighters Ashley Yoder and Andrea Lee, had been the results of cut up choice verdicts that went the opposite method.
Muraski has cut up a pair of appearances contained in the Invicta FC cage, defeating Tracy Cortez earlier than falling to Brogan Sanchez in a battle of undefeated upstarts by cut up choice final trip. The Easton BJJ consultant has stable expertise on the bottom and can be seeking to show she’s nonetheless one to observe within the flyweight ranks going ahead.
Sarah Kleczka vs. Lisa Spangler
Neophytes to the skilled ranks collide on this bantamweight matchup as Kleczka seeks her second straight victory since turning professional as she takes on Spangler, who makes her skilled debut after a prolonged and profitable beginner profession.
Final trip at Invicta FC 25, Kleczka collected a cut up choice win over Amber Lynn Orr, persevering with the undefeated run she loved as an beginner into the skilled ranks. Simply 22 years outdated, Spangler posted a 9-1 report throughout her days on the beginner circuit, along with her solely setback coming in opposition to Invicta FC veteran Kal Schwartz.
These two younger women are reputable prospects and this conflict may very well be a glimpse into the way forward for the 135-pound weight class.
Allison Schmidt vs. Macy Chiasson
Featherweight sophomores meet of their joint Invicta FC debuts because the AKA product Schmidt squares off with 26-year-old Louisiana native Chiasson.
Returning for the primary time in 18 months, Schmidt is seeking to construct on a second-round submission victory from her skilled debut, whereas Chiasson scored a third-round stoppage win in her first begin again in November.
The featherweight division is comparatively skinny and whereas these two nonetheless want extra seasoning, the chance is there for a pair extra spectacular performances to end result within the winner of this one making an expedited run up the rankings within the 145-pound weight class.
Helen Peralta vs. Cheyanne Vlismas
The opening bout of the night pits fighters coming off their first professional wins in opposition to each other within the strawweight division.
Peralta collected a first-round TKO victory over Jade Ripley in her promotional debut earlier this 12 months, pushing her successful streak to eight total. Preventing out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Vlismas posted a third-round end over Karla Hernandez in her skilled debut again in March.
Each have proven flashes of potential throughout their beginner days and made the profitable transition to the skilled ranks, so it will likely be attention-grabbing to see what sort of positive factors they’ve every made prematurely of this one and whether or not they profile as potential contenders down the road.