Janaisa Morandin (Jeff Vulgamore/Combat Press)

Invicta FC to Crown New Strawweight Champion at Phoenix Rising 1

Invicta Fighting Championships has added a new twist to its inaugural Phoenix Rising tournament on May 3.

The one-night, eight-woman tournament will now crown a new 115-pound champion after undefeated Brazilian Virna Jandiroba vacated the belt to sign with the UFC.

The promotion has also announced the quarterfinal match-ups, which were determined by random draw.


Former title challenger Mizuki Inoue takes on decorated wrestler Sharon Jacobson, Brazil’s Janaisa Morandin meets California’s Brianna Van Buren, UFC veterans square off as Danielle Taylor clashes with Juliana Lima, and Hawaii’s Kailin Curran faces Iceland’s Sunna Davíðsdóttir.

Also added to the card is one non-tournament bout and two tournament reserve match-ups.

In the non-tournament fight, 19-year-old Kay Hansen collides with promotional newcomer Magdaléna Šormová (7-1) of the Czech Republic.

The two tournament reserve bouts will be one-round affairs and be considered exhibition fights. In the first reserve match-up, former atomweight title challenger Amber Brown returns to 115 pounds to face off with India’s Manjit Kolekar. The other pairing features Invicta newcomers as Canada’s Alyssa Krahn meets Texas fighter Itzel Esquivel.

The event takes place from Kansas City’s Memorial Hall and streams on UFC Fight Pass at 8 p.m. ET.

Phoenix Rising 1 Fight Card
TBD vs. TBD – strawweight tournament final
Kay Hansen vs. Magdaléna Šormová
TBD vs. TBD – strawweight tournament semifinal
TBD vs. TBD – strawweight tournament semifinal
Amber Brown vs. Manjit Kolekar – strawweight tournament reserve bout
Mizuki Inoue vs. Sharon Jacobson – strawweight tournament quarterfinal
Janaisa Morandin vs. Brianna Van Buren – strawweight tournament quarterfinal
Danielle Taylor vs. Juliana Lima – strawweight tournament quarterfinal
Kailin Curran vs. Sunna Davíðsdóttir – strawweight tournament quarterfinal
Alyssa Krahn vs. Itzel Esquivel – strawweight tournament reserve bout