By Benjamin Bieker
Despite having major issues with their pay-per-view service at last nights Invictica 4 the fight promotion is looking forward to another event in April. There is no set date or venue for the card, but some fighters that will fight on it have been announced. A flyweight title fight between Vanessa Porto and Barb Honchak will crown the promotions first 125 champion. Jesse Penne will put her atomweight title on the line against a to be determined opponent, and former Strikeforce bantamweight champion will make her promotional debut.
Vanessa Porto has always been a tough fighter, but she seems to have found her new weight class to be the perfect fit. She may be fighting all the way down at 125, but she has competed as high as 145 against the likes of Christine “Cyborg” Justino. A reverse triangle armbar loss to current Invicta bantamweight contender Sarah D’Alelio prompted the drop, and she took out veteran Tara LaRosa in her first bout. She will look to beat Barb Honchak who is currently riding a six fight win streak.
Honchak’s career started off a bit rough when she went 1-2 through her first three bouts. A drop to 125 reversed her fortunes. Through her six fight win streak she has taken out tough fighters Felice Herrig, Roxanne Modafferi, and Aisling Daly. The bout with Porto could turn out to be contested mostly on the ground since that is where both fighters finishes have come from.
Jessica Penne was crowned the atomweight champion back at Invictica 3 when she submitted Naho Sugiyama in the second round which gave Japanese fighter her first loss. Their have been some rumors swirling that Penne’s first challenger could be none other than the “Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson. That could be quite a jump for Waterson considering she has only had one fight in the promotion, and two fights since her layoff due to her having her first child.
Lastly, Sarah Kaufman looks to make her debut, and she could factor into the Invictica bantamweight title picture with a win against whoever she fights. One of the most experienced fighters in the division Kaufman has fought the majority of big names in women’s MMA. Hopefully, Kaufman has continued to work on her armbar defense as that submission caused both of her career defeats. Kaufman is known as one of the better standup fighters having finished 10 of her 15 wins by TKO/KO. With these four fighters announced the next Invictica card is shaping up to be very exciting.
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