Lauren Taylor - photo courtesy Invicta FC
Lauren Taylor – photo courtesy Invicta FC

Undefeated knockout artist Lauren Taylor (5-0) of Anchorage, Alaska will now face Kaitlin Young (7-7-1) at Invicta FC 5 on Friday, April 5, at Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.

Taylor is stepping in on short notice to replace Amanda Nunes who suffered a sprained elbow in training. Invicta Fighting Championship officials made the announcement Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Taylor has knocked out all five of her previous opponents in pro MMA competition, including a first round stoppage of Jennifer Scott via a barrage of elbow strikes in her last outing on March 1. Not one of Taylor’s opponents have survived past the second round thus far.

Invicta FC 5 will mark Young’s fourth appearance inside the Invicta cage. The 27-year-old St. Louis Park, Minn. fighter is also known for her knockout power, having won six of her seven victories via (T)KO. Young is looking to bounce back from a second round TKO loss to Leslie Smith at Invicta FC 3 last October.

Invicta FC 5 will be headlined with an Atomweight Championship bout as champion Jessica Penne puts her title on the line against Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson. And in the co-main event, Vanessa Porto faces Barb Honchak for the Invicta FC Flyweight Title.

Also, the enigmatic Cris Cyborg finally returns to the cage as she makes her Invicta FC debut against No. 2 ranked featherweight, Ediane “India” Gomes.

As we reported earlier today, Invicta FC 5 will stream LIVE online via HD satellite feed for $9.95. Those wanting to attend the event in Kansas City can purchase tickets at

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