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Shannon Knapp plans to add more U.S.-based talent to Invicta FC roster

Shannon Knapp says Invicta FC plans to add more U.S.-based talent
Shannon Knapp says Invicta FC plans to add more U.S.-based talent
Photo by Esther Lin/ Courtesy of Invicta FC

According to a Feb. 15 report from MMA Junkie, Invicta FC bolstered its roster with 15 fighters from across the globe, including fighters from Brazil, Poland, New Zealand, Belgium and Mexico.

Invicta FC has secured the services of Brazilian striker Herica Tiburcio, 115-pound Brazilian submission ace Livia Renata Souza, Florida standout Delaney Owen, North Carolina striker Ashley "Doll Face" Greenway and atomweight phenom Amber Brown, along with heavy-handed Mexican superstar Irena Aldana and Poland's Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

Additionally, Invicta FC officials announced the signings of TUF 18 alums Peggy "The Daywalker" Morgan, Valerie Letourneau and Roxanne Modafferi.

The promotion also welcomed Polish phenom Faith Van Duin and Hawaiian standout Rachel Ostovich.

Invicta FC clearly did a great job bringing in high-level talent from across the globe, but some in the women's MMA community were shocked to see just six of the 15 new signees were based in the United States.

Invicta FC announced the signing of two fighters from Brazil, two from Poland, one from Canada and one based out of Mexico.

The all-female promotion also brought in a fighter from New Zealand, one from Belgium and another from the Netherlands.

So what gives? Is Invicta FC biased against United States-based athletes? Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp says that's simply not the case.

“Invicta has always endeavored to balance delivering the athletes fans know and love, with an eye toward building the next generation of female MMA stars,” Knapp stated. “Women’s MMA is truly a global sport, and at Invicta we have scoured the globe in order to bring the best talent to our fans. There is talent all around the globe, and our goal at Invicta has been to provide athletes with a worldwide platform to display their talent.”

Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden asked Knapp directly why exactly certain U.S.-based fighters were seemingly overlooked in the process of replenishing the promotion's roster.

It seemed curious why No. 18-ranked bantamweight Tonya Evinger (12-6) wasn't selected as a new signee, while several fighters ranked below her, were picked up.

Similarly, highly-regarded flyweight contender Rachael "The Panther" Cummins, who is on a two-fight win streak, wasn't scooped up during Invicta FC's recent wave of signings.

Knapp told Holden she's still in the process of signing talent from across the globe, including high-level athletes from the United States.

We haven’t overlooked anyone because we are not done. Our commitment has been to put on the best matchups in the world and to give opportunities to athletes all over the world. We announced the current newly signed athletes, but in no way was that a statement of finalization. You mention two athletes by name in your question to me. One of those athletes was offered a contract, but opted for a one-off. I am currently in negotiations with her management. The real story here is that we are refilling the rosters, looking for new talent and looking at everyone.

So to all the WMMA fans who are annoyed that just six of the 15 new Invicta FC signees are from the United States, Knapp wants everyone be patient and wait for the good things to come.

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