A knee injury to Carla Esparza has forced a change to the Invicta FC 6 fight card. Ayaka Hamasaki will now square off with Claudia Gadelha. Esparza first announced the injury via twitter.
“I am devastated, there is no worse thing for an athlete to experience. I have had this injury for a few weeks, but kept training and did what I could because that’s what fighters do, we fight through things even when they are tough. I was still planning to fight, until I recently discovered a tear was confirmed. I apologize to my fans, fans, and family who wanted to see me perform, I wanted to put on an amazing fight for you.”
A replacement for Gadelha’s original opponent, Joanne Calderwood, has not been announced at this time.
Invicta FC 6 will be headlined by the inaugural Invicta FC featherweight title fight as Marloes Coenen takes on Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos. Invicta FC 6 will air as an Online PPV. The fight card will take place July 13 at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.
Invicta FC 6 Fight Card
Main Card (Online PPV 10PM ET)
- Inaugural Featherweight Title: Marloes Coenen vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos
- Claudia Gadelha vs. Ayaka Hamasaki
- Sarah D’Alelio vs. Lauren Taylor
- Leslie Smith vs. Jennifer Maia
- Jessica Penne vs. Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc
- Joanne Calderwood vs. TBA
- Julia Budd vs. Ediane Gomes
- Bec Hyatt vs. Mizuki Inoue
- Miriam Nakamoto vs. Duda Yankovich
Preliminary Card (Online PPV 8PM ET)
- Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres
- Ashley Cummins vs. Emily Kagan
- Mollie Estes vs. Veronica Rothenhausler
- Laura Sanko vs. Livia Von Plettenberg