Invicta Fighting Championships’ sixth event of 2016 is official, with two title bouts posted at the top of the card.
Invicta bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger will put her 135 pound strap on the line against Yana Kunitskaya, while Angela Hill and Kaline Medeiros are set to go to war over the promotion’s strawweight title on November 18 in Kansas City.
Evinger (17-6) has rebounded from back to back losses against Alexis Davis and Sara McMann in 2010-11, to win nine straight and position herself as the number one female fighter outside of the UFC. Evinger won the Invicta FC title in a one-sided bout against Irene Aldana in July 2015, and has since defended it in similarly dominant fashion against Pannie Kianzad and Colleen Schneider.
Kunitskaya (9-2) has won seven of her last eight outings, albeit against more moderate opposition. Last month she defeated Yanan Wu under the Fightspirit Championship banner, and the Russian also boasts a 2010 stoppage of Invicta FC contender Cindy Dandois on her resume.
In the co-main event, Angela Hill (5-2) will look to further her claim for female fighter of the year when awards are dished out at year-end. The former UFC strawweight has blossomed inside the Invicta FC cage, winning all three of her fights since being released by the UFC at the back-end of 2015. In May at Invicta FC 17, Hill won the first major championship of her professional mixed martial arts career, defeating Livia Renata Souza in a five round classic to claim Invicta gold.
Challenger Kaline Medeiros (8-4) has worked a successful tour of the industry to build a five fight winning streak and earn her shot at the Invicta title. With wins picked up in Bellator, Legacy FC and Invicta, Medeiros impressed with a comfortable victory over Manjit Kolekar last time out.
Elsewhere on the card former atomweight champion Herica Tiburcio faces Simona Soukupova; one-time Invicta FC title challenger Amber Brown meets Ashley Yoder; Popular Australian Jessy Jess takes on Pam Sorenson; Lynn Alvarez and J.J. Aldrich meet at strawweight; Stephanie Egger makes her Invicta FC debut; and Miranda Maverick and Samantha Diaz oppose each other in their professional debuts.
Tickets for the event, which takes place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, go on sale Saturday, October 15.
The full card for Invicta FC 20 currently looks as follows:
Tonya Evinger vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Angela Hill vs. Kaline Medeiros
Herica Tiburcio vs. Simona Soukupova
Ashley Yoder vs. Amber Brown
Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Pam Sorenson
Lynn Alvarez vs. J.J. Aldrich
Stephanie Egger vs. TBA
Miranda Maverick vs. Samantha Diaz
Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando
The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) December 14, 2017
Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.
It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.
Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.
In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.
Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.
In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.
UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.
Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.
First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)
EXCLUSIVE: My sources tell me that Eryk Anders (@erykanders) has gotten his wish. He'll headline UFC Fight Night: Belem against Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) in Brazil. Ask and you shall receive. #UFC pic.twitter.com/qX62A9qH6k
— The MMA Kings (Nolan King) (@mma_kings) December 14, 2017
Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.
Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.
Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.
In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.
UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira.
Mark Hunt Returns to Fight Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221
UFC 221 in Perth has officially added a another Australian to the main card. Joining Robert Whittaker is the knockout legend Mark Hunt.
The Daily Telegraph first reported that Hunt will be stepping into the octagon to face #9 Curtis Blaydes. Some weren’t sure if we would ever see Hunt fight again after he was pulled from the main event in UFC Fight Night 21 against Marcin Tybura. The UFC removed him due to “medical concerns” while Hunt was stating he was perfectly fine.
After getting evaluated and cleared to fight by Australian and American doctors, it looks like his time has come to return. Hunt’s last fight was back in June when he derailed the Derrick Lewis hype train with a 4th round TKO win.
Hunt had been adamant about calling out #3 ranked heavyweight Fabricio Werdum and trying to get that rematch booked, labelling Werdum a “chicken shit” and a “coward.”
Curtis “Razor” Blaydes who has an 8-1 record, is coming off a TKO victory due to doctor stoppage at UFC 217 in November. Since losing to now title challenger Francis Ngannou in April of 2016, Blaydes has rattled off three straight wins over Alexey Oleynik, Daniel Omielanczuk, and Cody East.
With all this momentum from the win streak, Blaydes looks to capitalize and win the biggest fight of his career against Hunt.
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