The promotion will return to Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City with a stacked, nine-bout event featuring three world title fights, including a main event showdown between reigning flyweight champion Barb Honchak (8-2) of Bettendorf, Iowa and three-time “Fight of the Night” winner Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (6-3-1) of Pleasanton, Calif.
“We are excited about returning to the big stage in full force with another loaded card featuring a fantastic mix of world championship bouts and other world-class MMA action that will see a collection of the best women fighters on the planet face off against each other,” Knapp said.
In the Invicta FC 7 co-main event, Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza (9-2) of Redondo Beach, Calif. fights Claudia Gadelha (11-0) of Mossoro, Rio Grande Do Norte Brazil., in a strawweight title bout.
Also on the main card, Lauren Murphy (7-0) of Anchorage, Alaska will battle fellow unbeaten star Miriam Nakamoto (2-0, 1 NC) of Dublin, Calif., in a bantamweight title fight.
In other main card action, Felice “Lil’ Bulldog” Herrig (9-4) of Buffalo Grove, Illin. makes her Invicta FC debut against strawweight superstar Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres (3-0) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Another matchup of unbeaten rising stars will pit Joanne Calderwood (7-0) of Glasgow, Scotland against Katja “Killer Bunny” Kankaanpaa (8-0-1) of Seinajoki, Southern Ostrobothnia Finland at strawweight.
Heavy-handed powerhouse Julia “The Jewel” Budd (5-2) of Port Moody, British Columbia Canada will put a three-fight win streak on the line against submission ace Charmaine “Not So Sweet” Tweet (4-3) Regina, Saskatchewan Canada in a featherweight (145 pounds) scrap.Kelly Kobold (18-3) of Minneapolis, Minn. will make her long-awaited Invicta FC debut in a bantamweight tilt with fellow ferocious finisher Tonya “Triple Threat” Evinger (11-6) of Odessa, Mo.
In another meeting between two Invicta FC newcomers, hard-punching Munah “The Perfect Storm” Holland (5-2) of Elmwood Park, N.J. will face streaking Nina “The Strina” Ansaroff (5-4) of Fort Lauderdale at flyweight.
While Invicta FC 7 is lacking in fighters such as Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc and Paige VanZant, who are known as much for their modeling appearances as their inside-the-cage talent, fight fans attending the event will still have the opportunity to see the most beautiful woman in MMA, up close and personal.
That woman is Ms. Knapp, a former King of the Cage, World Fighting Alliance, International Fight League, Affliction Entertainment, UFC and Strikeforce executive.
Knapp is the complete package of beauty, brains, ambition and charm. The Invicta FC boss will always attract a crowd with her good looks, but it's her warm personality that truly makes her beautiful.
Beauty starts within. Knapp has a great, approachable, positive, friendly attitude, so that starts her on the right track. Physically? She's an absolute knockout.
Make sure to say hello if you see her around. Just be respectful and refrain from calling her "Shannypoo."
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