Enjoying Invicta FC’s outstanding promotional videos like I am? I hope so. If not, give that a look and see if you feel the same way I do.
Invicta FC has won me over.
I like seeing MMA presented more than one way by more than one promotion, sure. But it’s not just looking me for an alternative either: there seems a special kind of excitement to every show, as this promotion and women’s MMA in general still fights to set a foundation.
Tomorrow night, that fight continues tomorrow night with Invicta FC 6 in Kansas City, available on cable and satellite PPV with the suggested retail price of $14.95 — yep, less than a third of what you’ll pay for a UFC.
Here’s why I am, and why I think you should watch Invicta FC 6 tomorrow night.
1) The main event of Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino challenging Marloes Coenen for the inaugural Invicta featherweight championship is one of the most compelling rematches in recent memory. Coenen is the consensus top-ranked featherweight in MMA, an excellent all-around fighter who somehow never received the attention she’s deserved in a stellar 13 year career. She’s a fighting machine, always in top shape and combining classic Dutch kickboxing with adept grappling skills.
But the controversial “Cyborg,” the former Strikeforce champion from the vaunted Chute Boxe Academy, has been a wrecking ball. Among the top ranked at feather, she hasn’t lost since her professional debut in 2005 and owns a past victory over Coenen. This is her second fight since serving a one year suspension for testing positive for banned substances in 2011. At that time, she was the consensus top female fighter in MMA, beating the likes of Gina Carano. A T/KO victory at Invicta 5 back in April got her back on track and back in the rankings, but will she get back on top?
2) The undercard offers a glimpse at the future of women’s MMA competition, especially the Japanese variety. The US is now the sport’s apex, but women’s MMA was featured in Japanese shows in the mid-90s. At the time, freestyle wrestler Miyuu Yamamato was a mainstream star there. Tomorrow night, an 18-year old Mizu Inoue, looks to continue the tradition with a bout against seasoned Invicta contender (and colorful personality) Bec Hyatt. Inoue’s only loss was to undefeated Megumi Fujii protégé Ayaka Hamasaki, a top-five rated fighter who will be featured in the Invicta FC 6 co-main. Her opponent is also undefeated: Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Claudia Gadhela of Nova Uniao.
3) Simple question: where do you like your MMA money going? Like I said, with Invicta FC 6 tomorrow night, it feels like something special. Let’s support an effort to get the best available talent in an event to crown a legitimate champion. Last month I criticized UFC 161 for having a main event with some title implication, but little else – no title matches and a limited undercard. Here we have two legitimate contenders to generate a deserved champion in a main event, and a very respectable undercard featuring many fighters among the top ten in the world (including a former champion) in their divisions, and some interesting prospects besides.
That’s my case why I think it’s worth your hard-earned loot.
As always, enjoy the fights.