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.