STRAWWEIGHT TITLE TOURNAMENT HEADLINES INVICTA FC 50 IN DENVER
Invicta Fighting Championships is returning to the Mile High City for its milestone 50th numbered event on Wednesday, Nov. 16. After an action-packed debut in Colorado in July, the world's premier combat sports organization for women will once again visit Reelworks Denver with a stacked fight card.
The event will include a one-night, four-woman tournament to crown a new strawweight champion. The four athletes competing for 115-pound supremacy are recent Invicta winner Valesca "Tina Black" Machado (10-3), UFC veteran Gloria "Glorinha" de Paula (6-5), 20-year-old Brazilian Ediana "Mel Pitbull" Silva (12-2) and Polish newcomer Karolina "Polish Assassin" Wójcik (9-2). Both the semifinals and final bout will consist of three, five-minute rounds. Tournament match-ups will be drawn during the event's weigh-ins on Nov. 15.
In the night's co-feature, former bantamweight title challenger Katharina Lehner (7-3) of Germany meets UFC veteran Talita Bernardo (8-4). Lehner will be competing under the Invicta banner for the fourth time, while the Brazilian Bernardo looks to build on her successful Invicta debut in July. Also featured on the card will be a bantamweight bout between Denver's own "Grizzly" Claire Guthrie (3-1) and undefeated Brazilian Marilia "The Tigress" Morais (3-0).
Finally, the event will include two strawweight tournament reserve match-ups. Wrestling sensation Sharon "The Dream Catcher" Jacobson (6-5) takes on unbeaten boxer Melissa “La Bella Bestia” Oddessa (3-2) and undefeated grappling ace Fatima "The Archangel" Kline (2-0) collides with Ireland's Danni McCormack (5-2).
The event will be overseen by the Colorado Combative Sports Commission and will feature open scoring. The event will be broadcast on AXS TV in the U.S., Fight Network in Canada, and Invicta’s official YouTube Channel and Facebook Page, kicking off at 9 p.m. ET/7 p.m. MT. Tickets to the event will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. MT through Eventbrite.
The current fight card can be found below:
Strawweight Title Tournament Final: TBD vs. TBD Bantamweight: Katharina Lehner vs. Talita Bernardo Bantamweight: Claire Guthrie vs. Marilia Morais Strawweight Title Tournament Semifinal: TBD vs. TBD Strawweight Title Tournament Semifinal: TBD vs. TBD Strawweight Title Tournament Reserve: Sharon Jacobson vs. Melissa Oddessa Strawweight Title Tournament Reserve: Fatima Kline vs. Danni McCormack
Strawweight Title Tournament Participants Valesca Machado Gloria de Paula Ediana Silva Karolina Wójcik