Invicta FC To Stream Entire Event Live This Saturday, For Free
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 1, 2012) â€“ Invicta Fighting Championships will stream its highly-anticipated Penne vs. Sugiyama, world championship 14-fight womenâ€™s professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event, live in its entirety and free of charge to a worldwide audience on the promotionâ€™s website, InvictaFC.com, from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. on Saturday, Oct. 6.
Returning to the Invicta FC broadcast booth to call the action for promotionâ€™s third event will be Showtime MMA and former PRIDE Fighting Championships voice Mauro Ranallo, light heavyweight superstar â€œKing Moâ€ Lawal and womenâ€™s MMA standout Julie â€œFireballâ€ Kedzie.
Additionally, road warrior Danielle â€œThe Honey Badgerâ€ West (4-3-1) of London, UK will replace Elaina Maxwell, who has withdrawn from the event due to a concussion, in the leadoff main card featherweight (145 pounds) matchup against hard-hitting Julia â€œThe Jewelâ€ Budd (3-2) of Port Moody, CA
â€œWe are thrilled to once again be able to showcase an entire night of world-class womenâ€™s professional MMA action live to a global audience,â€ said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp. â€œWe hope that Elaina has a speedy recovery and will be able to return to competition soon and, at the same time, commend Danielle for taking this fight on just a weekâ€™s notice, especially given the fact that she has a long journey from overseas.â€
The 35-year-old Westâ€™s road to the Invicta FC cage hasnâ€™t been an easy one. A native of Boston, Mass. and former resident of Toronto, CA where she endured a period of homelessness and took shelter in various parking garages and cardboard boxes, she found a new life in London in 2000 and a new means of getting fit in judo and capoeira.
Since then, West, a full-time marketing strategist and analyst, has simultaneously labored to establish herself as a professional athlete, venturing to The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Russia and Japan to compete, while also winning a gold medal in each of the last five grappling tournaments she entered.
In her Invicta FC debut on July 28, the 29-year-old Budd put forth a powerful performance, taking Elina Nilsson to the ground in the first round of their matchup and finishing Nilsson at the 3:49 mark of the round with a series of punches and elbow strikes from mount position.
The live stream of the Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama event on InvictaFC.com will begin at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST with the eventâ€™s six-bout preliminary card and continue with the eight-bout main card. Doors at Memorial Hall will open at 5 p.m. CST.
In the Invicta FC 3 main event, superstar Jessica Penne (9-1) of Laguna Hills, Calif. will face off with undefeated phenom Naho â€œSugi Rockâ€ Sugiyama (8-0) of Kyoto, Japan at atomweight (105 pounds) in what will also be the first-ever Invicta FC womenâ€™s world title bout.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Shayna â€œThe Queen of Spadesâ€ Baszler (14-7) of Sioux Falls, S.D. will return to action in the bantamweight (135 pounds) co-main event and take on Invicta FC 2 winner Sarah â€œThe Monsterâ€ Dâ€™Alelio (6-2) of San Jose, Calif.
Undefeated sensation Cat â€œAlphaâ€ Zingano (6-0) of Denver, Colo. will throw down with Invicta FC 2 winner Raquel â€œRockyâ€ Pennington (3-1) of Colorado Springs, Colo. at bantamweight.
Prolific strikers Kaitlin Young (7-6-1) of St. Louis Park, Minn. and Leslie â€œThe Peacemakerâ€ Smith (3-2-1) of Pleasant Hill, Calif. will face off in a highly-anticipated bantamweight rematch to their April 28 slugfest at the inaugural Invicta FC event that ended in a majority draw.
Another Invicta FC 2 victor, Barb â€œLittle Warriorâ€ Honchak (6-2) of Bettendorf, Iowa, will collide with rising star and furious finisher Aisling â€œAis The Bashâ€ Daly (13-3) of Dublin, Ireland in a flyweight (125 pounds) contest.
Invicta FC will welcome one of the original pioneers of womenâ€™s MMA, submission expert Tara LaRosa (21-2) of Woodstown, N.J., who will lock horns at flyweight with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Vanessa Porto (14-5) of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Michelle â€œThe Karate Hottieâ€ Waterson (9-3) of Albuquerque, N.M. will also make her first start under the Invicta FC banner against Lacey â€œThe Ladieâ€ Schuckman (7-5) of Lakewood, Colo. in an atomweight scrap.
The six-bout preliminary card will be topped by a strawweight (115 pounds) matchup between Carla Esparza (7-2) of Redondo Beach, Calif. and Lynn Alvarez (5-2) of Las Vegas, Nev.
Two undefeated prospects, Ashley Cummins (3-0) of St. Louis, MO. and Joanne Calderwood (3-0) of Glasgow, Scottland will collide at flyweight.
Amy Davis (3-3) of Idaho Falls, Idaho will face Stephanie Frausto (3-4) of Middletown, Ohio in an atomweight affair.
Fresh off her professional debut win at Invicta FC 2, Jessamyn Duke (1-0) of Richmond, Ky. will face unbeaten Marciea Allen (1-0) of Sioux Falls in a bantamweight battle.
Tecia Torres (0-0) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Kaiyana Rain (0-0) of Los Angeles, Calif. will make their respective professional debuts against each other at strawweight.
Unbeaten Xtreme Couture prospect Katalina Malungahu (2-0) of Las Vegas will battle Ediane Gomes (8-2) of Coconut Creek, Fla. via Sao Paulo, Brazil at featherweight.
All bouts have been approved by the Kansas State Athletic Commission.
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