While “The Night Queen” Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc is scheduled for a tussle in October against Jen “Tink” Aniano, she is already looking toward her fighting future, specifically Invicta FC 9.
Since Invicta Fighting Championships unveiled the card for their eighth event in September, Rivera-Calanoc has repeatedly asked president Shannon Knapp and matchmaker Julie Kedzie for a fight on the next Invicta card. Not has The Night Queen taken to Twitter and Facebook, but also her loyal subjects have been campaigning for her to receive a future bout. Barring health issues or an injury, I don’t see why Rivera-Calanoc shouldn’t fight at Invicta FC 9.
Besides her fight against Aniano, Rivera-Calonoc is 1-2 inside the Invicta cage. In her last fight she was submitted by former atomweight title holder Jessica Penne back at Invicta FC 6. She picked up her first Invicta win via decision over Angelica Chavez at Invicta FC 2.
Although some folks consider Rivera-Calanoc outside of the top 10 atomweight rankings, The Night Queen has several qualities that make her a star including experience, good striking – four victories via knockout – and a passionate fan base that wants to see her in action. She is also pals with former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion and UFC star Miesha “Cupcake” Tate, which has helped her get noticed by fans who don’t normally watch women’s mixed martial arts.
Rivera-Calonoc could be a good opponent for someone – either an up-and-coming prospect or a veteran – who is making their debut in the Invicta cage.
Then again I’m sure the cries of Rivera-Calnoc and her fans have not fallen on deaf ears. Knapp and Kedzie are pretty good when it comes to listening to the fans and if there is a plan to have The Night Queen fight at Invicta FC 9, then it’s probably already in the works.
With Penne going to the UFC, Invicta’s atomweight division is ready for some fresh contenders. That doesn’t mean current Invicta FC Atomweight title holder Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson isn’t a star of the promotion- she’s one of the champions for heaven’s sake. But Rivera-Calanoc, like the rest of the roster, has a chance to step up and be one of the faces of the 105-pound weight class.
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