Invicta FC 4: Bec Hyatt vs. Carla Esparza is new strawweight title main event

Bec Hyatt

The Invicta FC 4 card has a new main event as an injury has taken Claudia Gadelha off the card. Invicta officials have announced that Bec Hyatt (4-1) will replace her and take on Carla Esparza (8-2) in the first ever Invicta FC strawweight championship fight.The event is set to take place at the usual home of Invicta, the Memorial Hall in Kansas City on January 5th.

Gadelha withdrew from the bout after suffering a broken nose in training.

Liva von Plettenberg (1-0) will now take on Joanne Calderwood (4-0) as Hyatt was Calderwood’s original opponent on the card.

“Both Bec Hyatt’s and Carla Esparza’s willingness to take on a new opponent in such a high-stakes championship fight is extremely admirable and shows what true warriors are made of – they will fight anyone, anytime anywhere,” said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp.  “By the same token, Joanne Calderwood and Liva von Plettenberg should be commended for accepting the bout against each other on such short notice.  They have a tremendous warrior’s spirit and it will show on fight night.”

Hyatt has secured all of her four wins in 2012 including a 37 second TKO finish over Christina Nicole Tatnell in her last outing. Esparza has won her last three bouts including the last two via TKO within the last six months. Esparza has won three bouts via TKO and three bouts via submission.

In the bantamweight co-main event, submission ace Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler (15-7) of Sioux Falls, S.D. will battle fellow top-ranked star Alexis Davis (12-5).

Tickets for Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt, priced from $25, are on sale at Memorial Hall box office (913-549-4853), online at Ticketmaster.com and InvictaFC.com and by phone at 800-745-3000.

The rest of the card is as follows:

  • Leslie Smith (4-2-1) vs. Raquel Pennington(3-2-1)
  • Amanda “Lioness of the Ring” Nunes (7-2) vs. Sarah “The Monster” D’Alelio (6-3)
  • Hiroko Yamanaka (12-2) vs. Ediane Gomes (8-2)
  • Veronica Rothenhausler (0-0) vs. Katalina Malungahu (2-1)
  • Stephanie Frausto (4-4) vs. Cassie Rodish (3-3)
  • Tamikka Brents (1-0) vs. Amanda Bell (0-0)
  • Jodie Esquibel (2-0) vs. Liz McCarthy (1-0)
  • Emily Kagan(2-0) vs. Rose Namajunas (0-0)
  • Paige Van Zant (2-0) vs. Tecia Torres (1-0)
  • Laura MarcusseSanko (0-0) vs. Cassie Robb (0-0)

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