Photo Credit: Esther Lin / Invicta Fighting Championships
All 13 bouts, including the main event and first-ever Invicta Fighting Championships world strawweight (115 pounds) title fight between Carla Esparza (8-2) of Redondo Beach, Calif. and “Rowdy” Bec Hyatt (4-1) of Brisbane, Australia, were made official today for the promotion’s fourth women’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 5 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, live on Invicta FC.com..
Esparza weighed in at 114.75 pounds while Hyatt weighed in at exactly 115 pounds.
Bantamweight (135 pounds) co-main event opponents Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler (15-7) of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Alexis Davis (12-5) of Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada tipped the scales at 134.75 pounds and 135.75 pounds, respectively.
Of the 26 fighters on the card, only Veronica Rothenhausler (0-0) of Reno, Nev. weighed in one-half pound over the 146 pound limit for her featherweight (145 pounds) preliminary card bout with Katalina Malungahu (2-1) of Las Vegas, Nev. Rothenhausler will make her professional debut after reeling off two consecutive, five-second KO victories as an amateur.
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 live stream of the event, which will begin at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST, is available for purchase, in its entirety, on InvictaFC.com for a credit card charge of $7.95. MMA legend Bas Rutten, superstar “King Mo” Lawal and women’s sensation Julie Kedzie will call the action cageside.
In other main card, power puncher Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (4-2-1) of Pleasant Hill, Calif. will square off with submission specialist Raquel “Rocky” Pennington (3-2-1) of Colorado Springs, Colo. at bantamweight.
Hard-hitting KO artist Amanda “Lioness of the Ring” Nunes (7-2) of Salvador Bahia, Brazil will take on submission specialist Sarah “The Monster” D’Alelio (6-3) of San Jose, Calif. at bantamweight.
JEWELS star Hiroko Yamanaka (12-2) of Kisarazu, Japan will battle Invicta FC 3 winner Ediane Gomes (8-2) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in a featherweight (145 pounds) contest.
Unbeaten Matt Lindland-protégé and European Muay Thai Champion Livia von Plettenberg (1-0) of Vienna, Austria will meet undefeated Joanne Calderwood (4-0) of Glasgow, Scotland at strawweight.
The seven-bout preliminary card will be capped off with an atomweight (105 pounds) matchup between Stephanie Frausto (4-4) of Cincinnati, Ohio and Cassie Rodish (3-3) of Des Moines, Iowa.
Unbeaten Tamikka Brents (1-0) of Springfield, Illin. will take on Amanda Bell (0-0) of Medford, Ore. at featherweight.
Jodie Esquibel (2-0) of Albuquerque, N.M. and Liz McCarthy (1-0) of Tigard, Ore. will square off at atomweight.
Emily Kagan (2-0) of Albuquerque, N.M. will put her undefeated record on the line against Rose Namajunas (0-0) of Milwaukee, Wis. In a strawweight matchup.
Paige Van Zant (2-0) of Sparks, Nev. will face off with Tecia Torres (1-0) of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. at strawweight.
Laura Marcusse Sanko (0-0) of Kansas City will make her professional debut in the cage in an atomweight matchup with Cassie Robb (0-0) Casper, Wyo.
Doors at Memorial Hall open for Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt open at 5 p.m. CST and the first preliminary bout begins at 6 p.m.