On Saturday, Nov. 1, Invicta Fighting Championships will head to the RiverCenter in Davenport, Iowa for its ninth event.
In the night’s main event, Invicta flyweight champion Barb Honchak will make the second defense of her 125-pound title as she squares off with Japan’s Takayo Hashi.
Honchak captured Invicta gold at Invicta FC 5 in April 2013 by dominating Brazil’s Vanessa Porto. The 35-year-old extended her current winning streak to eight with a one-sided performance against current UFC fighter Leslie Smith in December. The win marked Honchak’s fourth victory under the Invicta banner. In addition to her wins over Porto and Smith, Honchak also holds notable victories over The Ultimate Fighter 20 cast members Aisling Daly and Felice Herrig.
Hashi, a former Strikeforce title challenger, will be making her Invicta FC debut. The 36-year-old is unbeaten in her last three fights, topping veterans Roxanne Modafferi and Shizuka Sugiyama along the way. Hashi previously competed at bantamweight and has faced notables Cat Zingano, Tara LaRosa and Sarah Kaufman. Hashi has gone five rounds twice in her 20-fight career. She has appeared under the Smackgirl, Jewels and Deep Jewels banners in a career that spans an entire decade.
The night’s co-main event will feature the Invicta return of Japanese strawweight Mizuki Inoue, who welcomes unbeaten Polish fighter Karolina Kowalkiewicz to the Invicta cage. The 20-year-old Inoue bested TUF 20 cast member Bec Rawlings at IFC 6 last July and most recently submitted Emi Tomimatsu under the Jewels banner in August. Kowalkiewicz took her record to 5-0 in May, submitting Invicta veteran Jasminka Cive in the first round at KSW 27.
Also on the card, Ayaka Hamasaki will make her second Invicta appearance, but at atomweight. She’ll take on Brazil’s Herica Tiburcio, who will be making her promotional debut. Hamasaki made a successful debut at 105 pounds in August with a first-round TKO finish of former Invicta title challenger Naho Sugiyama. The 22-year-old Tiburcio enters the fight riding a three-fight winning streak. Six of her eight career wins have come via submission.
The 10-fight event will stream live via the UFC’s digital network, UFC Fight Pass.
Invicta FC 9 Fight Card
Barb Honchak vs. Takayo Hashi – for flyweight title
Mizuki Inoue vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Herica Tiburcio
Kaitlin Young vs. Cindy Dandois
Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc vs. Jodie Esquibel
Amber Brown vs. Liz McCarthy
Amanda Bell vs. Maria Hougaard-Djursaa
Shannon Sinn vs. Andrea K. Lee
Jenny Liou Shriver vs. Jamie Moyle
Kelly McGil vs. Maegan Goodwin
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