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Nicdali Calanoc-Rivera replaces injured Kikuyo Ishikawa at Invicta Fighting Championships 2

Nicdali Calanoc-Rivera (left) faces Angelica Chavez at Invicta Fights 2

The Invicta Fighting Championship 2 event will take place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. on Sat., July 28. It will be the second all women’s event for the promotion, but there has been a slight change to the fight card. Kikuyo Ishikawa has withdrawn from the event for undisclosed reasons and will be replaced by Nicdali Calanoc-Rivera (7-6), who will now face Angelica Chavez (4-1).

Calanoc-Rivera fought on the inaugural Invicta Fighting Championship event, losing via submission in the second round against Amy Davis.

Calanoc-Rivera spoke on the news of her appearing on the card:

“I think it’s a great matchup. Styles make fights and our two styles match up well for an exciting fight,” said the 27-year-old Calanoc-Rivera, who is trained by her husband, retired MMA fighter and kickboxer, Travis “The Dark Knight” Calanoc.

“He’s been with me since day one,” said Calanoc-Rivera of her husband, a former U.S. Marine, whom she said laughed after she had initially approached him about becoming an MMA fighter. After all, she had no previous experience in contact sports.

Chavez is coming off a loss as well and is eager to get back into the groove of things. She spoke on the opponent change:

“Nicdali always brings it to a fight, so it’s going to be a tough and exciting battle for me,” said Chavez. “I’ll be well-prepared and ready to fight at my best.”

Tickets for Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann, priced from $25, are available for purchase at Memorial Hall box office(913) 549-4853), online at Ticketmaster.com and InvictaFC.com and by phone at (800) 745-3000.

In the bantamweight (135 pounds) main event, 2004 Olympic Wrestling Silver Medalist and undefeated MMA star Sara McMann (5-0) of Gaffney, SC. and battle-tested submission wizard Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler (14-6) of Sioux Falls, SD.

In the co-main event, Hitomi “Girlfight Monster” Akano (18-9) of Tokyo, Japan will square off with Japanese Jiu-Jitsu black belt and Cesar Gracie-protégé Alexis Davis (11-5) of Colborne, Ontario Canada at bantamweight.

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