According to a Jan. 6 report from MMA Fighting, Invicta FC 5 will feature Sarah Kaufman's Invicta FC debut, a title fight with Vanessa Porto squaring off against Barb Honchak, and Jessica Penne's first defense of the atomweight belt.
"You always try to stay ahead of the curve," Knapp said of her fight scheduling routine. "We're already working on it. We're going to be looking at a 125-pound title match between Barb Honchak and Vanessa Porto for the title shot on that card."
Honchak, 33, is riding a six-fight win streak, including notable victories over Felice Herrig and Aisling Daly. She's ranked No. 4 in the world in the flyweight ranks, according to the Unified Women's Mixed Martial Arts ranking system.
Porto, 28, is a winner of two of her last three, including a convincing victory over MMA legend Tara LaRosa at Invicta FC 3. The Unified Women's Mixed Martial Arts have her ranked No. 6 in the world in the 125-pound weight class.
Kaufman's opponent has not yet been officially announced, but all signs point to her taking on 30-year-old standout striker Leslie Smith.
Smith was originally slated to fight Kaufman at Invicta FC 4, but Kaufman went down with an injury and was replaced by Raquel Pennington. Smith earned a convincing victory over Pennington, which should set up one of the most exciting bantamweight scraps of 2013.
Penne's opponent for Invicta FC 5 has also not yet been officially announced.
Invicta FC 5 will likely be held at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan., which was the site of the first four Invicta Fighting Championships events.
No other fight announcements have been made yet for Invicta FC 5. Michelle Waterson or Cassie Rodish are among the lengthy list of potential opponents for Penne.
Invicta FC does not yet have an official date, but Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp said during the Invicta FC 4 online stream that it will be held in April.