Elizabeth Phillips to make Invicta FC debut after Heather Hardy fight falls off card
Invicta FC is shuffling the deck just four days out of its next event.
The MMA debut of popular female boxer Heather Hardy is now off due to an injury to her opponent Brieta Carpenter, MMA Fighting confirmed Tuesday night with Invicta officials. In its place at Invicta FC 21 on Saturday will be a featherweight bout between UFC veteran Elizabeth Phillips and Leah Letson. The fights take place in Kansas City.
Invicta FC 21 complete with addition of three fights
With the addition of three new fights, Invicta FC 21 is complete. The event will held on January 14, 2917, in Kansas City, Missouri.
The new fights are:
Andrea ‘KGB’ Lee vs. Jenny Liou at flyweight;
Rachael Ostovich vs. Christine ‘Misfit’ Ferea also at flyweight; and,
Amy Montenegro vs. Celine Haga (10-13) at strawweight.
Lee is coming off her first loss, to Sarah D’Alelio at Invicta 16. Liou is on a three-fight win streak, all via submission.
Ostovich is coming off a Split Decision win over Ariel Beck at Invicta 17. Ferea is making her pro debut, after going 3-1 as an amateur.
Montenegro and Haga each won four of their past five fight.
Invicta FC 21 is headlined by Charmaine Tweet vs. Megan Anderson. Other fights on the card include:
Pannie Kianzad vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi
Aspen Ladd vs. Sijara Eubanks
DeAnna Bennett vs. Jodie Esquibel
Shannon Knapp to launch Invicta Boxing Championships
Despite its issues, the vast majority of fighters want to get into the UFC. There is no certain consensus on what league is the surest route up. Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat, World Series of Fighting, Legacy Fighting Alliance, Titan Fighting Championships are among a group that constantly sends fighters up to the biggest show.
But that’s for men.
For women’s MMA, there is only one – Invicta Fighting Championship. Under the direction of founder Shannon Knapp, the surest way for a woman to get into the UFC is by excelling in Invicta.
2x Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla moving to MMA 145lb
Kayla Harrison enters an ordinary door on a gray street on the outskirts of the Garment District and goes down the stairs to arrive at Renzo Gracie's jiu-jitsu academy.
There is no entourage, no handlers, no TMZ, just her and a bunch of sweaty fighters who pay her no mind.
You wouldn't know she is the most successful American judo Olympian in history.
The 26-year-old Ohio native recently signed a four-fight contract with the World Series of Fighting
In choosing the smaller promotion, Harrison turned down an offer from the UFC, according to the Boston Herald, to slowly and steadily build herself into the best MMA fighter in the world.
Chuck Liddell Inks Deal With WSOF Following UFC Termination
Fresh off his departure from the UFC, Chuck Liddell is already heading over to one of their rival promotions, WSOF. Liddell will be part of a signing at the theater in Madison Square Garden along with Randy Couture as was announced by World Series of Fighting earlier.
WSOF President Ray Sefo talked about having Chuck Liddell at the event.
“We are excited to have two of the sport’s most beloved and accomplished fighters on hand to meet our fans after WSOFNYC,” said Ray Sefo. “It will be a great honor to have them there following our historic event.”
Chuck Liddell was part of a number of employees that were released by the UFC under their new ownership. He’d been in an executive/ambassador role with the company ever since retiring from competition in 2010.
King Mo interested in Fedor & Carwin fights, expects to walk Ishii down and ‘beat him up’
American Top Teams’ ‘King Mo’ Lawal is getting set to fight again this Friday on a card that’s flying a bit under the radar. The former Strikeforce champion entered Bellator as an expected top star for the promotion, and while he’s definitely found a lot of success, his run has come with its ups and downs.
Perhaps the most notable hot streak Mo has had in the past few years came not under the Bellator banner, but for RIZIN. Mo entered into the 2015 100kg (220 lb) Grand Prix and won the whole thing, beating Brett McDermott and Teodoras Aukstuolis on his way to knocking out Jiri Prochazka. He followed that run with return to Bellator and a loss to Phil Davis back in May, and is now poised to bounce back against Satoshi Ishii.
Lightweight champ Justin Gaethje has new opponent for New Year's Eve WSOF 34 headliner
WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje has a new opponent for his scheduled title defense on New Year’s Eve.
Officials today announced Luiz Firmino (19-7) has replaced injured Joao Zeferino (21-8) and now meets Gaethje (16-0) in the headliner of the show, which features four title fights.
WSOF 34 takes place Dec. 31 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and the main card airs on NBC (4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT) following prelims on NBCSN (3 p.m. ET) and MMAjunkie (1 p.m. ET).
Mirko 'Cro Cop' blasts 'scared homie' Wanderlei Silva following Rizin FF 3 withdrawal
Mirko Filipovic has a few choice words for fellow vet Wanderlei Silva.
“Cro Cop” (32-11-2) was slated to fight Silva (35–12-1) on Dec. 29 in a Rizin FF open-weight grand prix quarterfinal. However, officials today announced Silva is off the Rizin FF 3 card. A reason wasn’t given, and Silva hasn’t commented on the change.
A replacement hasn’t been named for the Rizin FF 3 grand prix fight, which takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Two days later, on New Year’s Eve, the semifinal round and tournament final take place at the same venue as part of Rizin FF 4.
Tonya Evinger wins commission appeal, remains Invicta FC champion
Yana Kunitskaya's reign as Invicta FC women's bantamweight champion lasted just 13 days.
Tonya Evinger won her appeal with the Missouri Office of Athletics on Thursday, meaning her submission loss to Kunitskaya from Invicta 20 has been overturned to a no contest, Evinger said.
Invicta president Shannon Knapp confirmed the news to MMA Fighting and added that Evinger will go on as the Invicta 135-pound champion since she did not officially lose the fight Nov. 18 in Kansas City. Knapp said she got the letter informing her of the commission's decision Thursday morning.
Gabi Garcia to fight 52-year-old Shinobu Kandori at RIZIN year-end show
Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion Gabi Garcia will meet 52-year-old veteran Shinobu Kandori on Dec. 31 at RIZIN FF's year-end event. The promotion announced the booking late Friday night.
Kandori, a former Japanese professional wrestler turned politician, will be competing in mixed martial arts for the first time since 2000. Standing just 5-foot-7, and weighing under 165 pounds, she will be vastly outsized by the 6'1", 210-pound Garcia.
Titan FC featherweight champ Andre Harrison signs with WSOF, meets Bruce Boyington at WSOF 34
WSOF has bolstered its roster with the signing of a Titan FC champion, and he’ll make his promotional debut next month.
Andre Harrison (14-0), Titan FC’s featherweight titleholder, has signed with WSOF to meet Bruce Boyington (14-9) at the promotion’s New Year’s Eve show, WSOF 34. The promotion recently announced the signing and booking.
WSOF 34 takes place Dec. 31 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on NBC, beginning at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT), following prelims on NBCSN and MMAjunkie. A whopping four title fights lead the card. Harrison vs. Boyington will take place on the preliminary card.
Shane Carwin meets Amir Aliakbari as RIZIN tourney quarterfinals are set
Shane Carwin now has an opponent for his return to mixed martial arts competition.
The former UFC interim heavyweight champion, who recently announced he's coming out of a five-year retirement, will meet Iran's Amir Aliakbari, a fellow heavyweight, in the quarterfinal round of the RIZIN World Grand Prix open weight tournament on Dec. 29 in Saitama, Japan.
Additionally, the remaining three quarterfinal bouts are also set: In a previously announced fight, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic will take on former PRIDE 205-pound champion Wanderlei Silva; super heavyweight Baruto takes on heavyweight Tsuyoshi Kosaka, who takes the place of Jiri Prochazka (who dropped out due to a knee injury); and light heavyweight Valentin Moldavsky squares off with heavyweight Szymon Bajor.
Kayla Harrison will compete in MMA, signs with WSOF
Kayla Harrison, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo, will give mixed martial arts a shot.
Harrison has signed a deal with the World Series of Fighting, according to sources. USA Today was the first to break the news.
According to the report, she will her begin her tenure with the organization as an analyst on the upcoming Dec. 31 fight card in New York. She will also serve as a WSOF brand ambassador.
Tatsuya Kawajiri signs with Rizin FF
Tatsuya Kawajiri is going home.
The Japanese veteran has signed a new deal with Rizin FF, MMA Fighting has learned. Kawajiri's promotional debut hasn't been finalized just yet, but he is currently expected to fight in one of Rizin's year-end shows on either Dec. 29 or 31.