Invicta will crown 115-pound champion to headline Jan. 5 date in Kansas City

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BuffaloDave
11/23/12 2:18:24PM
The all-women Invicta Fighting Championships on Friday announced a match to create the company's first strawweight (115 pound) champion between Carlos Esparza (8-2) and Claudio Gadelha (9-0). The bout headlines a Jan. 5 show at the company's home base, Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.

The 23-year-old Gadelha - from Mossoro, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil - is a three-time world champion in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. She's used that as her base in winning six of her first nine fights via submission, all in less than 2:08.

The co-main event will pit Shayna Baszler (15-7) against Alexis Davis (12-5) in a bantamweight fight.

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