With Mizuki Inoue injured, Invicta FC 26 gets new co-headliner as card finalized

With a few late changes, the official fight card is finalized for Invicta FC 26.

The event takes place Dec. 8 at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo., and the entire event streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

Officials announced on Monday that Japanese strawweight Mizuki Inoue (12-4) has been forced off the card for undisclosed reasons. As a result, Kinberly Novaes (9-3) has stepped in as a replacement and now fights Janaisa Morandin (9-1).

However, due to the change, the bout has been moved down the fight card and will no longer co-headline. Instead, a recently announced fight between top prospect Mackenzie Dern (4-0), a jiu-jitsu specialist with a large fan following, and former title challenger Kaline Medeiros (8-5) has been elevated to co-main-event status.

Additionally, a fight between Invicta FC newcomers and first-time pros Kay Hansen (0-0) and Emilee Prince (0-0), who meet at strawweight, has been added to the card and kicks off the event.

The full Invicta FC 26 lineup includes:

  • Champ Jennifer Maia vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz – for flyweight title
  • Mackenzie Dern vs. Kaline Medeiros
  • Janaisa Morandin vs. Kinberly Novaes
  • Milana Dudieva vs. Vanessa Porto
  • Virna Jandiroba vs. Amy Montenegro
  • Amber Brown vs. Tessa Simpson
  • Christine Ferea vs. Karina Rodriguez
  • Kay Hansen vs. Emilee Prince

For more on Invicta FC 26, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Jennifer Maia puts 125 title on line vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz at Invicta FC 26 in December

Invicta FC will return in December, a week later than had been previously reported, and the flyweight title will be on the line in the main event.

Invicta FC 26 takes place Dec. 8 at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The card had been expected to take place Nov. 30 at Park Theater in Las Vegas. Instead, the card heads to a familiar venue for the promotion.

An Invicta FC official told MMAjunkie that while promotion President Shannon Knapp had applied for an appropriate license to hold the event in Las Vegas, Invicta FC never had formally announced the event for Nov. 30.

In the headliner, flyweight champion Jennifer Maia (14-4-1) will put her belt up for grabs against unbeaten challenger Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (10-0), the promotion announced on Wednesday. The card will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

Also on the card, Mizuki Inoue (12-4) returns to take on Janaisa Morandin (9-1) at strawweight, and Vanessa Porto (18-8) meets Jessica-Rose Clark (7-4) in a flyweight bout.

Brazil’s Maia won the interim flyweight title in March 2016 with a unanimous decision win over Porto. She was promoted to full champ later that year and defended the title with a split decision over Roxanne Modafferi in September 2016.

Niedzwiedz, from Poland, has wins in both her fights under the Invicta FC banner. In June 2016, she outpointed Christine Stanley in her promotional debut. And in May, at Invicta FC 23, she took a decision from Porto. Of her 10 career wins, seven have been by stoppage.

The Invicta FC 26 card includes: can be found below:

  • Champ Jennifer Maia vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz – for flyweight title
  • Mizuki Inoue vs. Janaisa Morandin
  • Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Vanessa Porto

For more on Invicta FC 26, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

Invicta FC strikes talent-sharing agreement with Japanese stalwart Pancrase

All-female MMA promotion Invicta FC is pairing up with Pancrase to share fighters.

Invicta today announced a new, exclusive talent-sharing agreement with the long-running Japanese promotion, which will allow fighters from both promotions to get experience of fighting in the U.S. and Japan.

“It’s an honor to be able to partner with Pancrase, one of MMA’s most storied promotions,” stated Invicta President Shannon Knapp in a press release announcing the deal. “In addition to all past and present ‘Kings and Queens of Pancrase,’ pioneers and contemporary stars alike have passed through the Pancrase organization at one time or another.

“Through our talent-sharing agreement, we hope to be able to capitalize on the wealth of female fighters being developed by both Invicta and Pancrase in a mutually beneficial way.”

For some Invicta fighters, it provides the opportunity to fight at home. Current atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki hails from Tokyo and got her first taste of gold with the female-focused Jewels promotion, which previously shared an informal talent-sharing agreement with Invicta.

Japanese veterans Mizuki Inoue and Takayo Hashi are also under contract with the American promotion, giving them a chance to fight on native soil, as well.

“From this partnership, the world’s best fighters from Invicta will get an opportunity to fight in Pancrase, and at the same time, Japanese fighters will get to experience fighting Invicta fighters that are at the world level,” stated Pancrase President Masakazu Sakai. “In addition, Japanese fighters would get a chance to fight in Invicta.

“This might open the door for fans in Japan to see Japanese fighters under the Invicta contract, such as Mizuki and Hashi to fight in Japan as well. Both Invicta FC and Pancrase are currently on UFC Fight Pass, and by exchanging fighters, we are looking to increase opportunities for fighters to compete more often.”

A timeline for the talent exchange was not given, but the release said for fans to be on the lookout as both promotions’ schedules unfold. Invicta’s next event, Invicta FC 26, takes place Nov. 30 at Park Theater in Las Vegas. It will stream live on UFC Fight Pass. Next up for the Japanese promotion is “Pancrase: Sapporo,” which takes place Oct. 22 at Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan.

For more on the upcoming MMA schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie