Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
The upcoming Invicta FC 5 card continues to take shape with the announcement of two high-profile bantamweight bouts.
Kaufman had been penciled in to make her Invicta debut last October before injury kept her off the card. The 27-year-old hasn't competed since her championship loss to Ronda Rousey last August. She holds a career record of 15-2.
Smith is a product of the Cesar Gracie fight team with a 5-2 career record. She is 2-0-1 in three Invicta fights, fighting to a draw with Kaitlin Young in her debut before conquering her in the rematch with a second-round TKO. In her most recent fight, she earned a unanimous decision over Raquel Pennington.
Young (7-7-1) is a noted striker who had a rough 2012, going 1-2-1 with losses against Smith and Liz Carmouche. Her style should match up for a fan-friendly pairing with Nunes, another powerful striker with a 7-3 mark.
Although Invicta FC 5's date and location has not yet been made official, Knapp told MMA Fighting that the promotion is looking at April 5, which will sandwich it on a Friday between April 4's Bellator 95 and April 6's UFC on FUEL 9.
According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the targeted venue is the Ameristar Casino in Kansas City, Missouri. Knapp declined to comment on that, citing ongoing negotiations.
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