Cristiane “Cyborg” celebrates her victory over Fiona Muxlow. Credit: Esther Lin-Invicta FC
Invicta Fighting Championships has done something that no promotion since Strikeforce has done: build a solid Women’s Featherweight division.
With their division currently sporting 12 fighters, Invicta will crown either former Marloes Coenen or Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (11-1 1NC) as their first champion, in the main event of Invicta FC 6, July 13.
For the Cyborg, winning the belt is the last step in her journey of redemption, which started at Invicta FC 5 after she returned to action following a year-long suspension that resulted from a failed drug test back in December 2011. For Coenen, capturing the title would not only give her a second world championship, but the win also avenges the loss she suffered to the Cyborg back in 2010.
For Invicta, it proves that they have the top Women’s 145-pound division in mixed martial arts. The CFA is currently holding a women’s featherweight title tournament, where Fallon Fox (3-0) will face Ashley Evans-Smith (1-0) in the finals. Even with the winner becoming the first CFA Women’s Featherweight champion, that doesn’t necessarily mean the promotion will continue to fully build the division unless they quickly sign more fighters. Right now, Invicta gives featherweight fighters a chance to compete on a big stage against the best 145-pound athletes in the world.
In addition to Coenen and Cyborg, Invicta’s featherweight division is comprised of well-known fighters like Julia Budd (5-2) and Ediane Gomes (10-2) as well as rising prospects like Veronica Rosenthauler (1-0) and Tamikka Brents (2-0). A year from now, we may see one of these fighters either fighting for the Invicta FC Featherweight championship, or they might already have it in their possession.
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