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ALL 14 BOUTS OFFICIAL FOR STAR-STUDDED WOMEN’S MMA EVENT
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 5, 2012) – All 14 bouts, including the atomweight (105 pounds) main event and first-ever Invicta Fighting Championships world title bout between Jessica Penne (9-1) of Laguna Hills, Calif. and undefeated Naho "Sugi Rock" Sugiyama (8-0) of Kyoto, Japan, were made official today for the Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama women’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event tomorrow/Saturday, Oct. 6 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, live on InvictaFC.com.
The ferocious, 29-year-old Penne weighed in at 104.5 pounds while Sugiyama, a 34-year-old champion of Japanese women’s MMA promotion JEWELS, weighed in at 103.5 pounds.
Women’s MMA pioneer Tara LaRosa (21-2) of Woodstown, N.J. weighed in at 127.5 pounds, 1.5 pounds above the cutoff weight for her flyweight (125 pounds) matchup with Sao Paulo, Brazil’s Vanessa Porto (14-5), who weighed in at 125 pounds. Porto gained weight and re-weighed in at 127 pounds.
Tickets for the highly-anticipated Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama event, priced from $25, are available for purchase at Memorial Hall box office (913) 549-4853), online at Ticketmaster.com and InvictaFC.com and by phone at (800) 745-3000.
The live, free-of-charge stream of the entire event on InvictaFC.com will begin at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST with the six-bout preliminary card and continue with the eight-bout main card. Veteran MMA voice Mauro Ranallo will call the action alongside MMA superstars "King Mo" Lawal and Julie "Fireball" Kedzie.
In the co-main event, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Shayna "The Queen of Spades" Baszler (14-7) of Sioux Falls, S.D. will return to action at bantamweight (135 pounds) and take on Invicta FC 2 winner Sarah "The Monster" D’Alelio (6-2) of San Jose, Calif.
Undefeated sensation Cat "Alpha" Zingano (6-0) of Denver, Colo. will throw down with Invicta FC 2 winner Raquel "Rocky" Pennington (3-1) of Colorado Springs, Colo. at bantamweight.
Prolific strikers Kaitlin Young (7-6-1) of St. Louis Park, Minn. and Leslie "The Peacemaker" 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 "Little Warrior" Honchak (6-2) of Bettendorf, Iowa, will collide with rising star and furious finisher Aisling "Ais The Bash" Daly (13-3) of Dublin, Ireland in a flyweight (125 pounds) contest.
Michelle "The Karate Hottie" Waterson (9-3) of Albuquerque, N.M. will also make her first start under the Invicta FC banner against Lacey "The Ladie" Schuckman (7-5) of Lakewood, Colo. in an atomweight scrap.
Road warrior Danielle "The Honey Badger" West (4-3-1) of London, UK will meet hard-hitting Julia "The Jewel" Budd (3-2) of Port Moody, CA at featherweight (145 pounds) in the first main card bout.
Doors at Memorial Hall open for Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama at 5 p.m. CST and the first preliminary bout begins at 6 p.m.
About Invicta Fighting Championships:
Invicta Fighting Championships (www.InvictaFC.com) is a world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight series dedicated to providing female athletes with a major platform to hone their skills on a consistent basis. Founded in 2012 by longtime MMA executive Shannon Knapp and sports aficionado Janet Martin, Invicta is committed to pioneering the future growth of women’s MMA by promoting the best possible matchups between female competitors and identifying and developing future superstars of the sport.