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No UFC, Invicta FC Says “No Problem” (Editorial)

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If you are a fan of the UFC, it is very likely that you have UFC Fight Pass as a monthly payment stamped to your credit card.

So, in all honestly, there is no reason to not take full use of it and catch Invicta FC 16 this evening on the all-digital provider.

The event begins at 8:30 p.m. ET from the Trinidad Pavilion in Las Vegas and two title matches are set.

In the headline act, Ayaka Hamasaki defends her atomweight title against Amber Brown, while Vanessa Porto and Jennifer Maia meet for the interim flyweight title while current division champion Barb Honchak takes time away from Invicta FC.

Need to know a little bit more about the card? Well, it will feature matches with the likes of Angela Hill, Irene Aldana, Jessamyn Duke, Roxanne Modafferi, DeAnna Bennett and former champion Herica Tiburcio.

The UFC might have “stolen” many of the top draws in female MMA, but the ladies of Invicta FC love to put on a show.

At the last card, which featured Cris “Cyborg” Justino, six of the seven fights ended early, including four inside of the first round. The one before that featured seven finishes, and prior to that was a card highlighted by stoppage wins for Cyborg and Tonya Evinger, along with a crazy-fun 25-minute battle between Hamasaki and Tiburcio – who won the belt from Michelle Waterson – for the atomweight title.

The very first Invicta FC event went down in 2012 and saw Marloes Coenen, Jessica Penne, Liz Carmouche and Leslie Smith all compete. From there, it only continued to grow, as Sara McMann, Alexis Davis, Carla Esparza, Cat Zingano and Tecia Torres have all made stops through the cage.

Hamasaki is a 33-year-old who has only lost once in her MMA career, a 2013 defeat at the hands of top strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha, winning her other 12 fights. Brown, meanwhile, is 6-1 with four finishes to her credit.

Porto has won her last three and is 18-6 overall, while Maia is seeking revenge for a 2011 loss to Porto that was her first career defeat at the time.