Integrated Sports Media announced today that it will distribute Invicta Fighting Championships 7, featuring three world title fights, on pay-per-view in North America, Saturday night, December 7, live from Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.
“We look forward to bringing MMA fans an absolutely loaded Invicta FC 7 card, showcasing the best women fighters in the world,” Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs commented. “Integrated Sports Media distributed Invicta’s first pay-per-view event – Invicta Fight Championships 6– this past July and it was a major hit, featuring non-stop action and competitive fights from the opening match right through the main event.”
Invicta Fight Championships 7 is being distributed in North American by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9:00 p.m. ET – 6:00 p.m. PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DISH, Avail-TVN in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV, SaskTel, TELUS, and MTS in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $14.95.In addition, viewers may purchase the show at Ustream.TV.
“We are excited about teaming up with Integrated Sports again to deliver an outstanding Invicta Fighting Championships women’s world championship tripleheader MMA fight card to a national audience on Pay-Per-View,” Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp said. “With this event, we are looking to close out Invicta FC’s second year of operation in super-strong fashion, with a stacked card featuring an assortment of the best female athletes in our great sport. Our fans are the best in the world and they are going to be treated to some incredible action on December 7.”
The stacked, nine-bout event is headlined by an exciting flyweight showdown between reigning Inficta FC champion Barb Honchak (8-2), of Bettendorf, Iowa and three-time “Fight of the Night” winner Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (6-3-1), of Pleasanton, California.
The 34-year-old Honchak, a protégé of living legend Pat Miletich, reeled-off her seventh straight victory on July 13, dominating Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Vanessa Porto to become the first Invicta FC 125-pound champion in history on July 13.
Smith, a dangerous 31-year-old striker, has become a crowd favorite, engaging in all-out slugfests with her opponents on the five Invicta FC cards that she has appeared on. On July 13, competing in her first fight as a flyweight after campaigning as a bantamweight, Smith defeated Jennifer Maia by way of a unanimous three-round decision.
Invicta FC strawweight (115 lbs.) champion Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza (9-2), of Redondo Beach (CA), takes on undefeated Brazilian superstar Claudia Gadelha(11-0) in the co-feature.
The 26-year-old Esparza, a student of famed trainer Colin Oyama, will step in the cage for the first time since sustaining a knee injury during training earlier this year. In her last effort at Invicta FC 4 on January 5, she registered a unanimous decision over
“Rowdy” Bec Hyatt for her fourth consecutive win.
Unstoppable since turning pro in 2008, Gadelha has improved her striking to go with her outstanding submission game. The 24-year-old fighter will make her second start under the Invicta FC banner having scored an impressive win by third round (3:58) TKO over JEWELS champion Ayaka Hamasaki last July.
In the first-ever Invicta FC bantamweight (135 pounds) world championship bout, KO specialist Lauren Murphy (7-0), of Anchorage, Alaska, meets fellow unbeaten star
Miriam Nakamoto(2-0, 1 NC) of Dublin (CA).
Murphy has been perfect, thus far, in the Invicta FC cage, earning back-to-back unanimous decision victories over Kaitlin Young and Sarah “The Monster” D’Alelio on April 5 and July 13, respectively. Prior to her Invicta FC debut, the 30-year-old had scored TKO finishes in all five of her fights.
Veteran Muay Thai champion Nakamoto extended her perfect record at Invicta FC 6, scoring a first round (2:08) TKO on Duda Yankovich off a knee strike and series of punches, earning her “KO of the Night” honors.
Riding a four-fight win streak, Felice “Lil’ Bulldog” Herrig(9-4) of Buffalo Grove, Illinois will make her highly-anticipated Invicta FC debut in a strawweight match against unbeaten prospect Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres (3-0), of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Also fighting on the undercards is Scotland’s Joanne Calderwood (7-0) versus Finnish strawweight Katja “Killer Bunny” Kankaanpaa (8-0-1) in a battle of unbeaten; Canadian featherweight (145 lbs.) powerhouse Julia “The Jewel” Budd(5-2) puts her three-fight win streak on the line against fellow Canadian, submission ace Charmaine “Not So Sweet” Tweet (4-3); Cincinnati (OH) flyweight Zoila Frausto Gurgel (12-3) collides with Porto (15-6), who plans to rebound from her aforementioned loss to Honchak; Minneapolis (MN) bantamweight Kelly Kobold (18-3) makes her long-awaited Invicta FC debut against Tonya “Triple Threat” Evinger(11-6), fighting out of Odessa, Missouri; two Invicta FC newcomers,New Jersey flyweight Munah “The Perfect Storm” Holland (5-2) and Nina “The Strina” Ansaroff (5-4), of Fort Lauderdale, square-off against each other to round-out the card.