With several notable women strawweight fighters flocking to the UFC, there have been some concerns about the state of Invicta Fighting championships.
Some fans speculate that because 11 of Invicta’s 115-pound fighters are moving away, the all-women’s promotion will be in trouble and not able to recover from the loss. Yet this was the same thing that critics were saying when the UFC established their women’s 135-pound division and several bantamweights competing under the Invicta FC banner went to fight in the octagon. Even with top fighters like Sara McMann, Cat Zingano and Amanda Nunes leaving for the UFC, Invicta continued with the bantamweight division and recently crowned their first champion in Lauren Murphy.
Although all 11 of the strawweights will be missed in the Invicta cage, the organization will continue to put on great events and feature some of the best women fighters competing in mixed martial arts. Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp has a knack for scouting and bringing in great talent from around the world.
Will these future stars of the strawweight division have as much star power as the 115-pound fighters who will compete on the 20th season of “The Ultimate Fighter?” Not at first, but there were also several of the 11 new additions to the UFC roster who began their careers or at least found success in Invicta FC.
By rebuilding the 115-pound division with new talent, not only will we get to see fresh faces enter the Invicta cage, but also fans will get to see a new strawweight champion crowned as Carla Esparza, the first Invicta FC 115-pound title holder, has vacated the championship to participate in “TUF 20.”
In addition to rebuilding the strawweight class, Knapp is planning on creating a 155-pound weight class, which is something fans and fighters have been asking for in the past year.
With the exception of future problems when it comes to streaming pay per view events – which has only happened twice – Invicta FC will continue for the next several years.
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