On Thursday, July 2, Invicta Fighting Championships returns with its 40th numbered event from Kansas City, Kan.

In the night’s main event, former straweight title challenger Emily Ducote clashes with UFC veteran Juliana Lima. Oklahoma’s Ducote scored a violent, first-round knockout of Janaisa Morandin in her Invicta debut, but fell short against Kanako Murata in her title conquest. Lima rejoined the Invicta roster in 2019 following a seven-fight stint with the UFC. The veteran was last in action during the inaugural Phoenix Series tournament, where she defeated Danielle Taylor, but lost to eventual tournament champion Brianna Van Buren in the semifinals.

The co-main event takes place in the atomweight division as Alesha Zappitella takes on Lindsey VanZandt.



The event airs live on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

The fighters hit the scales on Wednesday, July 1.

Invicta FC 40 Weigh-in Results
Emily Ducote (115.2) vs. Juliana Lima (115.5)
Alesha Zappitella (105.7) vs. Lindsey VanZandt (105.2)
DeAnna Bennett (N/A)* vs. Victoria Leonardo (125.9)
Chelsea Chandler (145) vs. Liv Parker (145.7)
Trisha Cicero (126) vs. Laura Gallardo (125.1)
Genia Goodin (115.9) vs. Shelby Koren (115.9)

* – Bennett had a medical issue during her weight cut and could not weigh-in. Leonardo was paid her show purse after making weight and the fight was pulled from the card.