On Friday, March 11, Invicta Fighting Championships hosted its 16th event from Trinidad Pavilion at Tropicana Las Vegas. The event will streamed live on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET.
The main event saw recently crowned atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki make her first title defense against the hard-charging Amber Brown. Japan’s Hamasaki captured gold last July with a decision win over Herica Tiburcio at Invicta FC 13. Brown, meanwhile, had won three straight in the Invicta cage, including back-to-back, first-round submission finishes. She topped Shino VanHoose at Invicta FC 15 in January via guillotine choke.
In the co-main event, the promotion crowned an interim flyweight champion as Brazilians Vanessa Porto and Jennifer Maia faced off. Both fighters entered the match-up riding three-fight winning streaks. Porto was most recently in action against Roxanne Modafferi at Invicta FC 12, while Maia returned to the Invicta cage after three bouts in her home country.
Also on the card, former strawweight title challenger Stephanie Eggink returned to face Angela Hill, recent bantamweight title combatant Irene Aldana welcomed UFC veteran Jessamyn Duke back to the promotion, and veteran Roxanne Modafferi met DeAnna Bennett in her return to the flyweight division.