The 14-bout fight card for Invicta Fighting Championships' next event, Invicta FC 5, has been finalized, sources close to the promotion confirmed to MMAFighting.com.
A pair of championship bouts headline the nine-fight main card, as reigning atomweight titleholder Jessica Penne (10-1) looks to defend her title against Michelle "The Karate Hottie" Waterson (10-3), while submission specialist Vanessa Porto (15-5) and streaking prospect Barb Honchak (7-2) square off for the promotion's inaugural flyweight strap.
"We are excited about entering a new chapter in Invicta FC history that consists of a partnership with one of the finest and most impressive entertainment venues in the country as well as our first world championship doubleheader card that is loaded with world-class women's fight talent," said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp.
Additionally, former Bellator women's champion Zoila Frausto Gurgel (12-2) is expected to make her promotional debut against Brazilian grappler Jennifer Maia (6-2), while former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman (15-2) is slated to meet three-time Invicta FC veteran Leslie Smith (5-2-1).
Invicta FC 5 takes place April 5, 2013, at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, MO. Tickets are expected to go on sale soon. The complete Invicta FC 5 fight card can be found below.
Atomweight Championship: Jessica Penne vs. Michelle Waterson
Flyweight Championship: Barb Honchak vs. Vanessa Porto
Zoila Frausto Gurgel vs. Jennifer Maia
Sarah Kaufman vs. Leslie Smith
Amanda Nunes vs. Kaitlin Young
Julia Budd vs. Ediane Gomes
Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc vs. Cassie Rodish
Bec Hyatt vs. Jasminka Cive
Katja Kankaanpaa vs. Juliana Carnerio Lima
Jessamyn Duke vs. Miriam Nakamoto
Alex Chambers vs. Jodie Esquibel
Rose Namajunas vs. Kathina Catron
Mollie Estes vs. Veronica Rothenhausler
Lauren Barefoot vs. River Jones