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Shannon Knapp plans to add 155-pound division to Invicta FC

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According to a Dec. 12 post from MMA Fighting, Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp says she's looking into adding a 155-pound division to her promotion.

"The UFC has two women’s weight divisions, we have five. And I’m planning on adding one more," Knapp said. "I was going to look to a 155-pound division. A feeder? No, we’re game-changers. We’re making a difference."

Knapp did not reveal which 155-pounders she is looking into signing or when the new division will be introduced, but she thinks there are enough high-level lightweights out there to fill the ranks.

Besides the females who currently compete at 155 pounds, a handful of Invicta FC featherweights would also likely be more comfortable competing at a higher weight class.

Veronica Rothenhausler was hospitalized after trying to cut down to 145 pounds for her Invicta FC 6 fight, so she is a likely candidate for the new division.

Kansas City, Missouri, the unofficial home city for Invicta FC, also happens to be the hometown of some of the top amateur 155-pounders in the country, including Tabby Patterson, Rach Wiley and Elisabeth Espinosa.

With that said, it would be fairly easy for Invicta FC to bring in some top up-and-coming talent for the 155-pound division.

And in light of Wednesday’s news that the UFC signed 11 strawweights from Invicta FC's roster, it should come as no surprise that Invicta FC officials want some fresh blood in the mix.

"My goal has always been -- always, from day one and from the moment I ever stepped into this sport -- to make a difference," Knapp said. "And when I had the opportunity to start Invicta, and to build Invicta, the goal professional and personally was to still make a difference.

"And to create opportunities. So for me, this is an amazing thing not only for Invicta, but for athletes and for future athletes. Because these girls are going to go in there and continue to break down those barriers that we’re fighting hard to break down everyday, and they’re going to get the opportunity and the recognition that they deserve."

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