The all-women’s professional mixed martial arts promotion Invicta Fighting Championships returns with Invicta FC 6 on Saturday, July 13, at Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.
The card is headlined with a rematch between Marloes Coenen (21-5) and Cris Cyborg (11-1) for the inaugural Invicta FC featherweight title. The two first fought in Strikeforce in 2010 with Cyborg stopping Coenen in the third round via TKO in what was her first 145 pound title defense.
In the co-main event Carla Esparza (9-2) will put her Invicta FC strawweight title on the line for the first time as she takes on undefeated Japanese fighter Ayaka Hamasaki (9-0). Esparza won the title with a unanimous decision win over Bec Hyatt at Invicta FC 4 in January. Hamasaki made her U.S. debut at Invicta FC 2 with a third round submission win over Lacey Schuckman.
The complete 13-bout Invicta FC 6 fight card is as follows:
- Featherweight Title: Cristiane Santos vs. Marloes Coenen
- Strawweight Title: Carla Esparza(c) vs. Ayaka Hamasaki
- Bantamweight: Sarah D’Alelio vs. Lauren Taylor
- Bantamweight: Leslie Smith vs. TBA
- Atomweight: Jessica Penne vs. Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc
- Strawweight: Joanne Calderwood vs. Claudia Gadelha
- Featherweight: Ediane Gomes vs. Julia Budd
- Strawweight: Bec Hyatt vs. Mizuki Inoue
- Bantamweight: Miriam Nakamoto vs. Duda Yankovich
- Strawweight: Tecia Torres vs. Rose Namajunas
- Strawweight: Ashley Cummins vs. Emily Kagan
- Featherweight: Mollie Estes vs. Veronica Rothenhausler
- Atomweight: Laura Sanko vs. Livia Von Plettenberg