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Fights I want to see at Invicta FC 7

Less than a week after Invicta FC 6, where history was once again made as Cris “Cyborg” Justino (12-1) defeated Marloes Coenen to win the Invicta FC Featherweight championship, there have been a couple of competitors who fight for the promotion that have been asking fans who they would want to see fight at the next event.

Invicta Strawweight champion Carla Esparza took to Twitter to ask the question to her followers while Kaitlin Young (7-8-1) asked her friends, fans and family which five matches they would like to see at the next event.

Here are the five matches I want to see at the next Invicta FC event.


Kaitlin Young vs. Julia Budd

This would be a match between two incredible strikers who have fought the best in the sport. Although Budd fights in the 140-pound division, she and Young could meet in a catchweight bout. While Budd is on a three-fight winning streak, Young could certainly get her career back on track with a win over the Strikeforce veteran.

As for Budd, defeating a fighter with the caliber of Young would be the biggest feather in her cap.


Carla Esparza vs. Jessica Aguilar

There were two fights in Bellator that made me a fan of the promotion. The first one was the lightweight title match between Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler; the other was a three-round scrap between Esparza and Aguilar.

The Bellator star, who is on a six-fight winning streak, earned a split-decision over Esparza in 2011. Still, the Invicta Strawweight champion has been on a roll and has the skills to avenge her loss to Aguilar.


Tecia Torres vs. Joanne Calderwood

This is one of the fights I have been advocating for, for the past year. Both Torres and Calderwood come from good kickboxing backgrounds and with her first appearance on the main card of an Invicta event, which she won by decision, “The Tiny Tornado” is more than worthy for a crack at Scotland’s Striking Sensation.

In addition to this being an exciting matchup for fans, the winner of this match could be in line for a future shot at the Invicta FC Strawweight championship.


Leslie Smith vs. Barb Honchak for the Invicta Flyweight championship

“The Peacemaker” and “Little Warrior” are scheduled to square off in the near future, but with Smith coming off of a big win over Jennifer Maia, I think this should be the main event, or co-main event for the next Invicta FC event.

Although she is coming off of a decision victory, Smith has had impressive outings in her last Invicta FC appearances. She has the conditioning, the chin and the ground skills to take a five-round title fight with Honchak.


Zolia Frausto Gurgel vs. Jessica Penne

This would be another catchweight bout between two fighters who first crossed paths in the early days of Bellator. Penne has said she wants rematch with current Invicta Atomweight champion Michelle Waterson. Although she said Penne is worthy of a rematch, Invicta President Shannon Knapp said she wants to give Waterson a different opponent before she faces Penne.

While it seems like Penne is getting the short end of the deal, this allows her to take fights with any opponent in the atomweight division, or better yet, it gives her a chance to take a superfight with Gurgel, who defeated her back in 2010. Although Gurgel fights at flyweight, she and Penne could meet somewhere in-between 105 and 125 pounds. If Penne avenges her loss to Gurgel, then she would solidify her claim as the No. 1 contender for the Invicta Atomweight championship.


What matches would you want to see at the next Invicta FC event? Answer with a below or send a tweet to @alstover.

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  • Chrom1um

    1) Budd is one win away from a title shot. Budd vs. Ediane Gomes is almost guaranteed to be scheduled for the next show as a title eliminator. Budd vs Young even at catchweight is too much of a risk for one of the few potential Featherweights challengers around (FW is 145, not 140 by the way). Meanwhile Kaitlin Young is coming off a loss and would be better off as a Bantamweight gatekeeper. With the UFC snapping up most of the top Bantamweights around, and Holly Holm costing more than Invicta is willing to pay, Invicta’s BW division is long on inexperienced prospects and short on high-end talent, and a veteran like Young who is nevertheless in no position to be challenging for the title would be a great gatekeeper for one or two of those prospects.

    2) Aguilar is under contract to Bellator, and even if Bellator agreed to lend Invicta talent (they haven’t yet in 6 shows), it would not be for a title shot. Meanwhile Claudia Gadelha is already slated to fight Carla Esparza. Her fight against Hamasaki was a title eliminator. Aguilar has hinted she’ll be leaving Bellator when her contract is up next year so I wouldn’t be surprised to see that fight down the road.

    3) Hmmmm….. interesting, but considering how deep that division is, I don’t think that’s fair to Torres, who is still developing and undersized for the division, or to Calderwood, who is exactly one win away from a title shot, and probably should fight the best available fellow contender for that. Their kickboxing backgrounds are also disparate, as Calderwood is the reigning ISKA World Flyweight Champion, among other accolades she has, and they aren’t directly comparable. From a rankings or competition standpoint the best opponent in a title eliminator for Joanne Calderwood is either Katja Kankaanpaa or Mizuki Inoue, with Inoue being the more exciting stylistic match-up. For Torres, Juliana Carneiro Lima is a solid challenge for her, with the winner being in the mix, or alternately they could bring in someone like Mei Yamaguchi or another high-level prospect like Stephanie Eggink. Still, Torres vs Calderwood might be one hell of a fight, it’s definitely interesting.

    4) Yes Smith vs. Honchak is a no-brainer, which is probably why it’s already been scheduled. Smith’s fight against Maia was a title eliminator.

    5) Jessica Penne is already the undisputed #2 Atomweight in the world. No one is challenging that. Shannon Knapp made it clear at the post-fight presser she’d have to wait for Waterson to defend against someone else purely as a courtesy (world #3 Atomweight Seo Hee Ham is the rumored opponent). Either way, proposing a Penne/Gurgel rematch is bonkers. They are two weight classes apart, and the reason Zoila is a Flyweight is because she was medically unable to cut back down to 115 again. She has absolutely nothing to gain from this match, and honestly there are plenty of Atomweights on the roster Penne could fight instead if she wants to keep busy. Meanwhile Invicta has to be prudent about how they use their Flyweights considering they have so few of them. Zoila vs Aisling Day would ensure one of the two gets back on the winning track and can be put back in the divisional hierarchy. Or better yet, bring in a Flyweight free agent like Bethe Correia (among other solid additions I could name). If Zoila wins, she gets back on track. If the outsider wins, she gets a big name win right off the bat and is a player.

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  • Lisa Magnooty

    Julia Budd’s claim to fame is that she lasted more seconds (39?) before being arm-barred by ronda rousey that did ediane gomes, whose only claim to fame is that she was arm-barred in 25 seconds by ronda rousey!

    This is the top level of competition of the 145 class for cyborg to fight? This is a joke, right? Neither Budd nor Gomes have beaten anyone of note, but, as i said, both are of note only because of who they lost to, and BTW, both did lose to ronda in less than 40 seconds of the very 1st round!