KANSAS Town, Kan. – Invicta FC 43 has a new primary celebration, as nicely as much more starpower.
COVID-19 has compelled the postponement of a prepared flyweight title combat between UFC veteran Pearl “The Chi-City Princess” Gonzalez (10-5) and 21-year-outdated Erin “Cold Blooded” Blanchfield (6-1). As a end result, the strawweight title clash between Emily “Gordinha” Ducote (9-6) and Mexico’s Montserrat “Conejo” Ruiz (9-1) has been elevated to prime-billing on Friday, Nov. 20.
Oklahoma’s Ducote will problem for a belt for the next time, having come up short towards Kanako Murata at Invicta FC 38. Ducote bounced back with a earn more than UFC veteran Juliana Lima at Invicta FC 40 in July and with Japan’s Murata signing with the UFC, the title is now vacant. Ruiz was also in action in July, publishing previous title challenger Janaisa Morandin in the initial spherical of the Invicta FC 41 key party.
In addition to the most important occasion adjust, two-time Olympic judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison (7-) will serve as the opponent for veteran Courtney “The Lion” King (4-1). Harrison, a sixth-diploma black belt in judo, has compiled a excellent history competing in the light-weight division under the Professional Fighters League banner. 5 of her 7 victories have occur within the length. She most a short while ago captured the promotion’s lightweight tournament with a conclusion get about UFC veteran Larissa Pacheco. The fight with King will mark the 30-year-old’s debut at 145 lbs. Colorado’s King enters the bout using a a few-fight successful streak that consists of two submission victories. The 27-12 months-old most not long ago submitted fellow Invicta alum Audrey Wolfe in December. She also retains wins over Holli Logan and Colbey Northcutt.
The previously announced flyweight bout between Oklahoma’s Stephanie “Hold Fast” Geltmacher (4-1) and Florida’s Trisha Cicero (4-3) has improved following Cicero has been pressured to withdraw from the party. Stepping in will be a further Floridian, as Caitlin “Ginger” Sammons (3-) aims to continue to keep her best document intact against the embellished wrestler Geltmacher.
Also joining the card, bantamweight “Hurricane” Hope Chase (2-1) welcomes “The Quiet Storm” Brittney Cloudy (2-2) back again to the advertising, whilst 20-year-aged Alexa Culp (1-) appears to be to score yet another “Performance of the Night” reward versus marketing newcomer Meaghan Penning (-) at strawweight.
Invicta FC 43 takes put in Kansas City and airs stay and completely on UFC Struggle Move at 7 p.m. CT. The occasion will be overseen by the Kansas Athletic Fee and will characteristic open scoring. With the ongoing pandemic, Invicta FC 43 will choose location guiding closed doors — sans fans and media. As with any Invicta event, the safety of its athletes, their corners, its team and fee officers is of the utmost priority. All contributors will be tested for COVID-19 prior to the celebration.
Invicta FC 43 battle card
- Strawweight Title: Emily Ducote vs. Montserrat “Conejo” Ruiz
- Featherweight: Courtney King vs. Kayla Harrison
- Flyweight: Stephanie Geltmacher vs. Caitlin Sammons
- Bantamweight: Brittney Cloudy vs. Hope Chase
- Strawweight: Alexa Culp vs. Meaghan Penning
- Strawweight: Juliana Miller vs. Kendal Holowell
PFL Light-weight Champ Kayla Harrison to make Featherweight debut at Invicta FC 43
NEW YORK (November 9, 2020): 2019 Qualified Fighters League Women’s Lightweight Champion, Kayla Harrison is established to return to motion on Friday, November 20 at Invicta 43 the place she will sq. off with heralded Invicta featherweight, Courtney King (4-1) in the evening’s co-major occasion. Harrison (7-) is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in Judo (2012 and 2016) and has been dominant given that starting her undefeated blended martial arts job with the PFL in 2018.
“I have been on a mission to display I am the most effective fighter,” said Harrison, a two-time Olympic Judo gold medalist. “I have been tackling issues my full job and this bout at 145-lbs . is a new and enjoyable one particular for me. I’m wanting ahead to competing in this new bodyweight class and just cannot hold out to get back again into the PFL cage come April.”
PFL is the initial group at any time to present MMA in a real sport season format, with a Standard Year, Playoffs, and Championship. Harrison, 30, ran through her division en route to the 2019 championship, tallying 4 wins, including a pair of submissions, to claim the PFL title and the $1 million purse that arrived with it. The Judo legend, who has manufactured all 7 of her skilled starts at 155-lbs ., will be competing for the first time at 145-pounds when she ways into the cage with Invicta featherweight contender King.
“I am genuinely excited to see Kayla compete for the 1st time at 145-kilos,” explained PFL President of Fighting Functions, Ray Sefo. “She was a dominant champion at 155-lbs, and I glimpse ahead to her tackling another obstacle on her journey to turning out to be just one of the greatest fighters MMA has at any time witnessed and I’m searching ahead to her subsequent run at PFL gold beginning in April.”
King enters the bout on a 3-combat winning streak, which contains two submission victories. The 27-12 months-previous most a short while ago submitted fellow Invicta alum, Audrey Wolfe in December. She also holds wins over Holli Logan and Colbey Northcutt.