Category Archives: INVICTAFC

FIGHTING WORDS: SWAYZE VALENTINE

Like Invicta FC, Swayze Valentine is a pioneer in the world of Mixed Martial Arts. The first woman to work as a cut person for the major MMA promotions, “The Queen of Cuts” continues to knock down barriers and show that she is capable of performing her job as skillfully as anyone in the sport. Corey Smith: Swayze is rather unique for a first name.  What is the origin of your first name? Swayze Valentine:  Swayze is a beautiful name that originates from Germany. CS: You have spoken about becoming instantly addicted to MMA after your very first live show. How much of the show are you able to enjoy as you work? SV:  That is a good question, as a Cutman, you get the best seat in the house. For me, I personally am too focused on my fighter that I don’t catch the fight in its entirety. I record the fights at home so when I get back, I can actually “watch” it! J CS: After trying other… Read More Here:…

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INVICTA FC NAMES WOMEN’S MMA PIONEER JULIE KEDZIE NEW MATCHMAKER

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Dec. 16, 2013) – Invicta Fighting Championships has appointed recently retired women’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) superstar Julie Kedzie as the new matchmaker for the women’s world championship MMA promotion, it was announced today on an all-new edition of “The MMA Hour” web TV program by award-winning host Ariel Helwani. Kedzie will simultaneously continue to serve as color commentator for Invicta FC television broadcasts, a role that she has played for the promotion since the inaugural Invicta FC live event in April 2012. “I am excited about this incredible new opportunity that will allow me to remain as active and hands on as ever in contributing to the growth of women’s competition in our great sport,” said Kedzie, a protégé of MMA guru Greg Jackson who retired from competition earlier this month following her 29th professional career bout at UFC Fight Night 33. “(Invicta FC President) Shannon Knapp has done an unbelievable job at pushing the envelope and helping transform women’s MMA into an aggressively expanding enterprise,”… Read More Here…

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BARB HONCHAK RETAINS FLYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WITH UNANIMOUS DECISION OVER LESLIE SMITH AT INVICTA FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 7

Lauren Murphy Wins Inaugural Invicta Fighting Championships Bantamweight Title With TKO Of Miriam Nakamoto  Honchak-Smith Wins “Fight Of The Night” & Nina Arsanoff Wins “KO Of The Night KANSAS CITY, MO. (Dec. 7, 2013) – Barb Honchak won a hard-fought, unanimous decision victory to retain the Invicta FC Flyweight World Championship over challenger Leslie Smith in Saturday’s Invicta Fighting Championships 7 at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Mo. Honchak (9-2) and Smith (6-4-1) traded blows in the all-action bout, but it was Honchak’s technical striking and ability to take Smith to the ground and inflict damage that was the difference.  All three judges scored the bout 49-46. “I knew Leslie would be tough,” said Honchak, who has won seven fights in a row.  “I wanted to take her down because that’s what I’ve been working on. I thought we had a great striking battle.  I think we had one close round, but at least four of the rounds were mine:” Smith didn’t disagree with the decision when asked Read More Here

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UFC LAUNCHES WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT DIVISION WITH THE ADDITION OF 11 NEW ATHLETES FROM INVICTA FC

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that the Invicta FC women’s mixed martial arts organization has assigned the contracts of 11 women’s strawweight (115 pounds) competitors to the UFC. Terms of the assignment were not disclosed. The 11 fighters are: Carla Esparza, Claudia Gadelha, Felice Herrig, Joanne Calderwood, Tecia Torres,Rose Namajunas, Bec Hyatt, Emily Kagan, Alex Chambers, Julianna Lima, and Paige Van Zant. In May, these 11 competitors will report to Las Vegas and participate on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter® in the first-ever all-women’s edition of the show. And for the first time ever, The Ultimate Fighter® will crown a UFC champion, as the winner of season 20 will become the inaugural UFC women’s strawweight champion. Coaches for the show have not yet been determined. An additional five fighters will be selected for The Ultimate Fighter via a tryout set to be held in 2014. “The women’s 135-pound division in the UFC has been amazing and we know there are a ton of talented women’s mixed martial artists out there,” UFC president Dana White said. “Now, you’ll see even more Read More Here…

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