With its bantamweight champion off to go after the UFC’s featherweight title on Saturday, Invicta FC will crown a new 135-pound champ next month. The lineup now is set for the card.
Evinger vacated Invicta’s 135-pound title to fight ex-Invicta FC 145-pound champ Cristiane Justino at UFC 214 on Saturday for the vacant women’s featherweight title. So Raquel Pa’aluhi (6-5) will take on Yana Kunitskaya (9-3-1) for the now-vacant bantamweight title in the Invicta FC 25 main event. Another title will be on the line in the co-main event when Livia Renata Souza (10-1) takes on Jodie Esquibel (6-2) for the vacant strawweight title.
Invicta FC 25 takes place Aug. 31 at Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, Calif. The entire card will stream on UFC Fight Pass. And that card now is complete with a total of seven more bouts below the two title tilts.
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Alexa Conners (4-1) will meet Katharina Lehner (5-0) at bantamweight; Sharon Jacobson (3-1) meets Kali Robbins (4-0) at strawweight; atomweights Alyse Anderson (3-0) and Shino VanHoose (5-5) will square off; in bantamweight action, Kelly McGill-Velasco (2-1) fights Amberlynn Orr (0-1), and Yaya Rincon (1-0) takes on Stephanie Egger (2-1); Cheri Muraski (3-0) fights Tracy Cortez (0-0) at flyweight; and debuting atomweights Ashley Medina (0-0) and Jillian DeCoursey (0-0) are booked to open the card.
Kunitskaya (9-3-1) will enter after a pair of fights with Evinger. Kunitskaya originally defeated Evinger by submission in Nov. 2016 but later had the result overturned because of a controversial call by the referee. They rematched in March, with Evinger winning by second-round submission.
Pa’aluhi (6-5) will enter having won four of her last five fights, including most recently a rear-naked choke finish in January at Invicta FC 21. She will enter trying to follow the footsteps of UFC champion Max Holloway to bring a second MMA title to Waianae, Hawaii.
Souza (10-1) will enter her bout against Esquibel (6-2) looking to reclaim the 115-pound title she lost in a split decision to Hill in May 2016. Souza rebounded with an impressive TKO finish of Ayaka Hamasaki in March at Invicta FC 22.
Esquibel, who has won three of her last four, had her most recent fight on the same night, defeating DeAnna Bennett by split decision.
The complete Invicta FC 25 lineup includes:
- Raquel Pa’aluhi vs. Yana Kunitskaya – for vacant bantamweight title
- Jodie Esquibel vs. Livia Renata Souza – for vacant strawweight title
- Alexa Conners Katharina Lehner
- Sharon Jacobson vs. Kali Robbins
- Alyse Anderson vs. Shino VanHoose
- Kelly McGill-Velasco vs. Amberlynn Orr
- Stephanie Egger vs. Yaya Rincon
- Tracy Cortez vs. Cheri Muraski
- Jillian DeCoursey vs. Ashley Medina
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