"Invicta FC 5 will be an Internet PPV www.invictafc.com April 5 starting 6pm Central Time Only $7.95 for all 14 fights on the card," Invicta FC officials stated.
While Invicta FC's official Twitter page stated that the price will be $7.95, other sources claim Invicta FC 5 will be in the $9.95 range. Either way, it's still a true bargain for fans of women's MMA.
Invicta FC 4 was the promotion’s first foray into the realm of online pay-per-view selling, utilizing the popular live streaming platform Ustream. To say things didn’t go as planned would be an understatement.
Hundreds of users complained of being charged full price, only to never receive their log-in information, have other issues when trying to log-in, or receiving a poor quality stream when they were able to log-in.
Invicta FC quickly rectified the situation by taking down the pay wall, ditching the PPV charge and offering refunds.
Even after providing refunds, Invicta FC and Ustream officials were both apologetic for the confusion.
"We apologize to our fans and potential viewers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and cc email@example.com We need to document all issues from unable to pay to the quality of the stream problems. We stand behind our word and will refund your PPV. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a refund," officials stated in an MMA Weekly report.
Due to the Invicta FC 4 mishap, it was unclear how the promotion would proceed for Invicta FC 5. Some MMA fans hoped the promotion would continue to offer free online streams until they landed a television deal, while others are happy to plunk down their hard-earned cash to sit in front of their laptops on a Saturday night.
On March 18, Invicta FC officials confirmed that Invicta FC 5 will in fact be an online pay-per-view, and not a free stream.
Invicta Fighting Championships has partnered with Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City to deliver the promotion’s first world championship doubleheader event in history on Apr. 5.
In the main event, reigning Invicta FC Atomweight (105 pounds) champ Jessica Penne (10-1) of Huntington Beach, Calif. will defend her crown against superstar Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson (10-3) of Albuquerque, N.M. and, in the co-main event and first-ever Invicta FC flyweight (125 pounds) title fight, submission ace Vanessa Porto (15-5) of Sao Paulo, Brazil will square off with red-hot star Barb Honchak (7-2) of Bettendorf, Iowa.
Additionally, flyweight superstar Zoila Frausto Gurgel (12-2) of Cincinnati, Ohio will make her Invicta FC debut against submission expert Jennifer Maia (6-2) of Curitiba, Parana Brazil.
“We are excited about entering a new chapter in Invicta FC history that consists of a partnership with one of the finest and most impressive entertainment venues in the country as well as our first world championship doubleheader card that is loaded with world-class women’s fight talent,” said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp.