Highlighting the trio of fight additions is Strikeforce bantamweight champion Sarah Kaufman vs Leslie Smith.
Also on the Invicta FC 5 card, Strikeforce vet Amanda Nunes takes on Kaitlin Young and Aussie MMA legend Bec Hyatt fights Jasminka Cive.
Invicta FC 5 takes place on Apr. 5th and is targeted for the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.
The event is headlined by an Invicta FC Atomweight Championship bout between champion Jessica Penne and Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson, with a co-main of Barb “Little Warrior” Honchak against Vanessa Porto.
The event was originally planned for Apr. 13 in Irvine, Calif., and then rumored for Apr. 6 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan., but Invicta FC 5 is now officially slated for Friday, Apr. 5.
Flyweight (125 pounds) superstar Zoila Frausto Gurgel (12-2) of Cincinnati, Ohio has signed a multi-fight contract with Invicta Fighting Championships and will make her debut for the women’s world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion in April.
Also on the Invicta FC 5 main card, flyweight superstar Zoila Frausto Gurgel will square off with submission expert Jennifer Maia (6-2) of Curitiba, Parana Brazil.
“We are thrilled to welcome Zoila, an established superstar in the sport, to the Invicta FC roster and are looking forward to seeing her compete in our rapidly growing flyweight division,” said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp. “Zoila has turned in a number of thrilling performances while rising through the ranks of fighters over the last few years, and we are confident that she will help raise the bar of competition even further in the Invicta FC cage.”
The Invicta FC 5 card features several of the promotion's most marketable fighters.
Here's a look at the full Invicta FC 5 card announced so far:
- Jessica Penne (10-1) vs Michelle Waterson (10-3)
- Barb Honchak (7-2) vs Vanessa Porto (15-5)
- Bec Hyatt (4-2) vs Jasminka Cive (5-0)
- Zoila Gurgel (12-2) vs Jennifer Maia (6-2-1)
- Sarah Kaufman (15-2) vs Leslie Smith (5-2-1)
- Kaitlin Young (7-7-1) vs Amanda Nunes (7-3)
- Ediane Gomes (10-2) vs Julia Budd (4-2)
- Alex Chambers (3-1) vs Jodie Esquibel (3-0)
- Veronica Rothenhausler (1-0) vs Mollie Estes (1-1)
- River Jones (0-0) vs Lauren Barefoot (1-0)
- Cassie Rodish vs ?
- Jessamyn Duke vs ?
- Rose Namajunas vs ?
- Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc vs ?