Ex-UFC fighters Pearl Gonzalez, Sarah Kaufmann among 15 Invicta FC signings

Invicta FC has bolstered its roster with the signing of 15 fighters, the all-female promotion announced Thursday.

Among the signings are former UFC fighters Pearl Gonzalez and Sarah Kaufman to the strawweight and bantamweight divisions, respectively, as well as others signed at flyweight and atomweight.

Gonzalez (6-3) joins Invicta after a two-fight UFC run in which she lost both times, most recently unanimous decision to Poliana Botelho in October at UFC 216. Earlier this year, Gonzalez was at the center of some unwanted attention when, at UFC 210, the New York State Athletic Commission initially ruled on weigh-ins day that she could not compete because of her breast implants. That decision was later reversed, and Gonzalez went on to lose via third-round submission to Cynthia Calvillo.

Kaufmann (18-4-1), a former Strikeforce champion, fought once for Invicta in 2013 before her four-fight UFC stint in which she posted a 1-2-1 record. Most recently, she defeated Jessica-Rose Clark in March after nearly two years away from competition. Kaufmann, 32, owns notable wins over some of the biggest names in women’s MMA history, including Miesha Tate, Roxanne Modafferi, Alexis Davis (twice), Valerie Letourneau, Shayna Baszler, and Liz Carmouche. Kaufmann was the last challenger to Ronda Rousey’s Strikeforce title in 2012 before the UFC scooped up the roster.

Also of note, undefeated Julia Avila Shumate (3-0) signed with Invicta. She owns wins over newly crowned UFC women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montano, as well as Marion Reneau.

The complete list of signings is as follows:

  • Bantamweight: Marceia Allen, Chelsea Chandler, Sarah Kaufman, Kerri Kenneson, Allison Schmidt, Julia Avila Shumate
  • Flyweight: Bianca Daimoni, Monica Medina, Helen Peralta, Brogan Sanchez
  • Strawweight: Pearl Gonzalez, Ashley Nichols
  • Atomweight: Rebekah LeVine, Loma Lookboonmee, Fernanda Priscila

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

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UFC 216 results: Poliana Botelho outworks takedown-hungry Pearl Gonzalez for decision sweep

It probably wasn’t how she wanted to get a win in her UFC debut, but Poliana Botelho certainly will take it.

Botelho (6-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) took a unanimous decision from Pearl Gonzalez (6-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) with a trio of 30-27 scores. Gonzalez spent much of the fight trying to take Botelho down, but never could, and Botelho picked up the win by staying active with her back against the fence.

The women’s strawweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 216 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FX following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view.

Gonzalez got to the center of the cage quickly, then worked three hard leg kicks early. Botelho clinched up, but Gonzalez pushed her to the fence. They stayed there for a couple minutes until referee Jason Herzog finally broke them apart. Botelho tried to kick again after the break, but they tied up again. They traded positions on the fence, but it was Gonzalez mostly in control. Botelho landed elbows from that clinched position, but that was her best offense. Gonzalez left her little choice. But at least she was working.

Gonzalez went after a takedown early in the second, but couldn’t complete it. Instead, it was a repeat of the first round – Gonzalez was in control, but Botelho’s offense was in landing elbows as long as she couldn’t get her back off the cage. Botelho landed knees from that tied-up position, and then more elbows. From an offensive standpoint, Botelho was doing more work – but the perception may have been that Gonzalez was winning thanks to the control. With 90 seconds left, Herzog broke them apart. Down the stretch, Gonzalez landed a left jab, then ducked barely away from two big Botelho right hands.

Botelho clipped Gonzalez with a right in the third, but Gonzalez ate it and again pressed Botelho to the cage. Botelho kept punching and elbowing, and Gonzalez kept going after the takedown – with nothing there. When Herzog broke them apart with 100 seconds left, it took Gonzalez only 10 secnods to clinch back up again. She appeared to be out of gas from the takedown attempts.

With 35 seconds left, again Herzog broke them apart for the home stretch and Botelho landed a kick to the body, then barely missed a spinning kick up high. Gonzalez tied her up again and heard the boos from the crowd. And with a few seconds left, Botelho took Gonzalez down. When she got up at the horn, she threw shade Gonzalez’s way and walked away with a disgusted look on her face.

Botelho won for the fourth straight time in what was her first fight in more than two years. Gonzalez lost for the second straight time, both in the UFC, after signing with the promotion on a six-fight winning streak earlier this year.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 216 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Simon Samano contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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Pearl Gonzalez vs. debuting Poliana Botelho officially booked for UFC 216

Pearl Gonzalez will look to rebound from her UFC debut, and hopefully this time there will be no last-minute distraction.

The UFC has made official a fight between strawweights Gonzalez (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Poliana Botelho (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC 216, which takes place Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event airs on pay-per-view, with prelims slated for FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In her promotional debut earlier this year, Gonzalez suffered a submission loss to Cynthia Calvillo at UFC 210 after a chaotic 24 hours before the fight. The New York State Athletic Commission originally had informed Gonzalez following weigh-ins that she wouldn’t be allowed to fight because of her breast implants. But hours later the decision was reversed, and the fight went on as planned.

The fiasco by the NYSAC suddenly had put Gonzalez into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons during final preparations for the biggest fight of her life.

“I don’t think I wanted the world to know about my surgery and to be talked about like this,” Gonzalez said before her loss.

In the Brazilian Botelho, Gonzalez faces a fighter making her UFC debut, riding a three-fight winning streak. All five of Botelho’s victory have come by way of knockout or TKO.

With the addition, the latest UFC 216 card now includes:

  • Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz
  • Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham
  • Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares
  • Magomed Bibulatov vs. John Moraga
  • Marco Beltran vs. Matt Schnell
  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Jessica Eye vs. Paige VanZant
  • Poliana Botelho vs. Pearl Gonzalez

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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