With Invicta Fighting Championships getting ready to crown their first featherweight champion, there is only weight class that does not currently have a champion: the bantamweight division.
While every weight class is important, there have been several fights in Invicta’s bantamweight division that have been the highlight of the promotion’s events including Kaitlin Young (7-8-1) vs. Leslie Smith (5-3), Shayna Baszler (15-8) vs. Sara McMann (7-0) and Baszler vs. Alexis Davis (14-5).
Although the UFC continues to build up their 135-pound division, Invicta has plenty of talented fighters in their bantamweight division, including veterans like Kaitlin Young(7-8-1) and Sarah D’Alelio (7-3), as well as rising stars like Jessamyn Duke (2-0) and Lauren Taylor (6-0). While some of their bantamweight fighters have tried out for the newest season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” there is a chance of having a crossover fight between the UFC and Invicta FC.
A bantamweight championship could also attract 135-pound fighters who are making the transition from the amateur level to professional. Having a title could motivate these fighters to give extra effort on their way toward title contention.
Having a bantamweight championship also gives featherweight fighters a chance to drop down in weight and try their hand at a different division. Fighters in the flyweight division could also make the jump up to 135-pounds and compete for the title.
Former Strikeforce Women’s 135-pound champion Marloes Coenen (21-5) could become like Dan Henderson (29-10) hold titles in two different weight classes at the same time. She could defeat Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (11-1 1NC) for the featherweight title at Invicta FC 6 and then earn a shot at the bantamweight championship before winning it.
Perhaps Invicta will implement a bantamweight champion. But until then all we can do is wait.
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