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20 United States-based athletes Invicta FC should sign

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According to a Feb. 14 report from MMA Fighting, Invicta FC has replenished its roster with talent from across the globe.

The all-female promotion smoothly adjusted to the UFC scooping up 11 of their best strawweights late last year, as Invicta FC officials recently replaced their departed stars by securing the services of Brazilian striker Herica Tiburcio, 115-pound submission ace Livia Renata Souza, North Carolina striker Ashley "Doll Face" Greenway and atomweight phenom Amber Brown, along with heavy-handed superstars Irena Aldana and Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

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

"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," Invicta president Shannon Knapp said. "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."

Invicta FC matchmaker Julie Kedzie is also quite pleased with the new signings.

"This new class provides me with added depth to put together match ups that we believe the fans want to see," said Kedzie.

In total, the promotion has signed 15 women since the UFC signed away most of their top strawweights.

Founded in 2012 by longtime MMA executive Shannon Knapp and former matchmaker Janet Martin, Invicta FC is committed to pushing women's MMA to the next level by developing future superstars of the sport.

Invicta FC did a great job loading their roster with international talent, but there are plenty of local U.S.-based stars the promotion failed to secure.

Here's a look at 20 United States-based athletes Invicta FC should sign.

Sarah McLeod
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Sarah McLeod

Talent is great, but at the end of the day it's all about selling pay-per-views and putting fans in the seats.

When there's someone out there who is incredibly talented and also super marketable, obviously it makes sense to sign them.

That's exactly what you have with Sarah McLeod, a standout striker from Nebraska.

McLeod, 26, is riding a two-fight win streak, so she obviously brings it in the cage. However, it's her ridiculously gigantic fan base that would most likely spark interest from promotions such as Invicta.

McLeod has over 20,000 followers on Twitter.

Sarah Alpar
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Sarah Alpar

Sarah "Too Sweet" Alpar was the No. 7-ranked flyweight in the world, as recent as two months ago.

Despite two losses in her past three, she's constantly improving and is still just 22 years old.

 

Shannon Sinn
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Shannon Sinn

Shannon Sinn, a Colorado knockout artist, has gone 4-1 in the amateur ranks, including a recent knockout victory over Latrishia Eklund Breidenbach.

Stephanie Alba
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Stephanie Alba

Don't let her tiny 4'11 frame fool you; this girl can really fight.

Stephanie "The Cyclone" Alba is 4-3 overall, including wins over tough opponents such as Katelyn Radka.

Tabby Patterson
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Tabby Patterson

Tabby Patterson is just about ready to make her pro debut, just a couple months off her fight against highly-touted featherweight Marina Shafir.

Patterson would make a fine addition to Invicta FC's featherweight division, but she says she could also compete at 135 pounds.

Roma Pawelek
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Roma Pawelek

26-year-old Oregon fighter Roma Pawelek has gone 4-0 since 2011.

Invicta FC is always looking for great strikers, and slick punching is exactly what Pawelek brings to the table. She won three of her first four fights via knockout or TKO.

Tonya Evinger
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Tonya Evinger

Tonya Evinger said she is down to fight Barb Honchak for Invicta FC's 125 pound title, or take on Lauren Murphy for Invicta's bantamweight strap.

A veteran of over a dozen cage fights and the No. 14-ranked bantamweight in the world, there's no reason to believe she shouldn't get the opportunity for a title fight.

Amanda LaVoy
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Amanda LaVoy

Is Amanda LaVoy the unluckiest woman in MMA? It sure seems that way.

LaVoy has been trying for years to get a fight, and they always seem to fall through for one reason or another.

LaVoy is a crafty veteran who brings a lot of experience to the table, so Invicta FC should definitely take a shot on her.

Jessica Zomcik
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Jessica Zomcik

26-year-old Jessica "The Zombie" Zomcik is one of the fastest-rising amateur fighters in the county, having won four of her past five.

Holly Holm
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Holly Holm

Legacy FC fighter Holly Holm is an impressive 6-0 in her short MMA career, but the one knock on her is that she hasn't been tested against top talent.

If Invicta FC was somehow able to secure Holm's services, they could prove to the world that she's legit by matching her against a world-ranked challenger.

Gina Begley
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Gina Begley

Gina Begley is well-known as radio host of ProWMMA! Now, but she's also a talented amateur flyweight.

She recently stated that she would be open to making her pro debut on an upcoming Invicta FC card.

Rach Wiley
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Rach Wiley

Rach Wiley, a featherweight fighting out of Kansas, has a special "it" factor that most other female fighters only dream of.

Wiley has the looks, personality and fighting talent to become a huge star someday.

Rachael Cummins
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Rachael Cummins

California submission ace Rachael Cummins gets a ton of publicity for her good looks, but it doesn't take much research to discover that this stunning knockout can really fight.

Cummins has gone 2-1 since turning pro last year.

Brittany Dugas
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Brittany Dugas

Missouri standout Brittany "Too Smooth" Dugas, a submission expert, went an impressive 7-0 in her amateur career, before turning pro this year.

Angela Magana
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Angela Magana

Angela Magana, 30, is coming off back-to-back losses, but she's still considered one of the top flyweights in the world.

Magana has already faced off against some of the best female fighters in the world, including Jessica Eye, Barb Honchak and Stephanie Eggink.

Jordan Nicole Gaza
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Jordan Nicole Gaza

Jordan Nicole "The Ninja Princess" Gaza was one of the fastest-rising strawweights in the world just a couple short years ago, but she took a short break from the action following her victory over Kathina Catron in Feb. of last year.

Gaza appears to be getting back to the grind and she looks close to being ready for battle.

Marina Shafir
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Marina Shafir

Star judoka Marina Shafir, a training partner of Ronda Rousey, is set to make her pro debut in Apr. under the "Lights Out" banner.

If Invicta FC is to ever secure her services, they could immediately set up a fight between her and "Cyborg" Santos.

Shafir vs "Cyborg" could easily be a headlining fight at a future Invicta FC event.

Heather Jo Clark
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Heather Jo Clark

Heather Jo Clark is set to tryout for The Ultimate Fighter 20.

In case she doesn't make the show, Invicta FC could be a great home for her. Clark recently competed under the XFC banner, where she won two of four.

Fallon Fox
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Fallon Fox

Love her or hate her, fight fans still pay to see Fallon Fox compete. MMA is an entertainment business, where ticket sales and pay-per-view sales matter. With that said, Fallon Fox would be a great addition to the roster.
Maegan Goodwin
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Maegan Goodwin

Maegan Goodwin was one of the best amateur fighters in the world last year, having gone 3-0 over the 12 month stretch.

Invicta FC officials would be smart to secure her services, as she's one of the top young talents out there.

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