Helena Kolesnyk vs. Pam Sorenson, Miranda Maverick vs. Gabby Romero added to Invicta FC 24

Two new matchups have been added to the Invicta FC 24 lineup, while another fight from the card has been shifted to a later date.

Invicta FC officials today announced that featherweight Helena Kolesnyk (5-0) will now face Pam Sorenson (5-2), while strawweights Miranda Maverick (2-0) vs. Gabby Romero (2-1) has also been added to the card.

Meanwhile, a bantamweight contest of Yana Kunitskaya (9-3) vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi (6-5) has been shifted to an as-yet-unannounced August card.

Invicta FC 24 takes place July 15 at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The entire card streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

Ukraine’s Kolesnyk receives her third different opponent for the contest, after previous opponents Megan Anderson and Tonya Evinger were each signed to the UFC. She now meets Sorenson, who has been involved in back-to-back split decisions under the Invicta FC banner – losing to Ediane Gomes and picking up a win over Jessica-Rose Clark.

The 19-year-old Maverick fights for the third time as a professional after picking up first-round submission wins in each of her first two appearances. She now meets Romero, who dropped her professional debut in 2015 but has fought twice in 2017, picking up submission wins in both appearances.

The Invicta FC 24 lineup now includes:

  • Milana Dudieva vs. Mara Romero Borella
  • Ashley Cummins vs. Jinh Yu Frey
  • Helena Kolesnyk vs. Pam Sorenson
  • Barbara Acioly vs. Karina Rodriguez
  • Miranda Maverick vs. Gabby Romero
  • Kelly D’Angelo vs. Sunna Rannveig Davidsdott
  • Amy Coleman vs. Felicia Spencer
  • Mallory Martin vs. Tiffany Masters

For more on Invicta FC 24, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

Champ Tonya Evinger replaces Megan Anderson in Invicta FC 24 headliner

Next month’s Invicta FC 24 event has a new headliner.

With Megan Anderson (8-2) headed to the UFC for a UFC 214 title fight with Cristiane Justino (17-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), undefeated Helena Kolesnyk (5-0) has a new Invicta FC 24 opponent.

Officials today Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger (19-5) is moving up to featherweight for the non-title fight with Kolesnyk.

Invicta FC 24 takes place July 15 at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo., and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

“We’re not making it easy for Helena over here,” Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp joked in a statement. “She’s gone from one champion (in Anderson) to another now with Tonya.

“I’m thankful that our athletes – and especially Tonya Evinger – are always ready and willing to accept a challenge. I have the utmost respect for both these main event fighters, and I’m expecting a great fight on July 15.”

Evinger, who’s No. 7 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, is on a 10-fight winning streak (with one no-contest). In her most recent appearance, the 36-year-old defended her belt for the second time with a submission victory over Yana Kunitskaya in March.

Kolesnyk, a 27-year-old Ukrainian fighter, turned pro in 2014. The Invicta FC newcomer is 5-0 (with five stoppages and one no-contest) since her pro debut. Four of the five wins came in the first round.

In addition to the headliner, officials today announced the remainder of the Invicta FC 24 fight card. The latest Invicta FC 24 lineup includes:

For more on Invicta FC 24, visit the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie