KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 10, 2012) – Women’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion Invicta Fighting Championships is determined to find its biggest fan and, thus, will award each of three winners of a fan-submitted video contest with an exciting prize package. The grand prize winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip for two people to the upcoming Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann event at Memorial Hall in Kansas City on Sat., July 28.
“We want to provide a fun, interactive way to enhance the overall Invicta FC fan experience and give fans an opportunity to win something in exchange for demonstrating their creativity and enthusiasm for the Invicta FC brand and the sport of MMA,” said Invicta FC President, Shannon Knapp.
Until 11:59 p.m. CT on Sat., July 14, fans can enter the contest by submitting an original video, no longer than three minutes, demonstrating why they are the promotion’s biggest fan. Guidelines for submitting an entry as well as all prize details are listed on the Invicta FC “Biggest Fan Video Contest” web page on InvictaFC.com.
In addition to entering the contest, fans will have the opportunity to vote for the winners in an online poll that will be held on InvictaFC.com, beginning Sun., July 15 at 12:01 a.m. CT until Tues., July 17 at 11:59 p.m. The winners will be announced and contacted on Weds., July 18 and will be determined by a combination of online poll results, total video views and Invicta FC staff votes.
Fans must be 18 years of age or older to enter the contest.
Tickets for the highly-anticipated Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann event, priced from $25, are available for purchase at Memorial Hall box office (913) 549-4853 ), online at Ticketmaster.com and InvictaFC.com and by phone at (800) 745-3000 .
In the bantamweight main event, 2004 Olympic Wrestling Silver Medalist and undefeated MMA star Sara McMann (5-0) of Gaffney, SC. and battle-tested submission wizard Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler (14-6) of Sioux Falls, SD.
In the co-main event, Hitomi “Girlfight Monster” Akano (18-9) of Tokyo, Japan will square off with Japanese Jiu-Jitsu black belt and Cesar Gracie-protégé Alexis Davis (11-5) of Colborne, Ontario Canada at bantamweight.
In other main card action, U.S. Marine and rising bantamweight star Liz “Girl-rilla” Carmouche (6-2) of San Diego, Calif. will square off with St. Louis Park, Minnesota’s Kaitlin Young (7-5-1), who earned “Fight of the Night” honors at the inaugural Invicta event on April 28.
Submission specialist Sarah “The Monster” D’Alelio (5-2) of San Jose, Calif. will lock up with streaking superstar Vanessa Porto (14-4) of Sao Paulo, Brazil at bantamweight.
In another bantamweight scrap, power striker Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (3-2-1) of Pleasant Hill, Calif. will battle fellow hard-hitting KO artist Amanda “Lioness of the Ring” Nunes (6-2) of Salvador, Bahia Brazil
JEWELS champion Akaya Hamasaki (7-0) of Yamaguchi, Japan will head to Kansas City, Kan. to square off with fellow undefeated star Jasminka “Impressive” Cive (5-0) of Graz, Styria Austria in a flyweight (115 pounds) matchup
American prospects Barb “Little Warrior” Honchak (5-2) of East Moline, Ill. and undefeated Bethany Marshall (4-0) of Newport News, Va. will meet in a super flyweight (125 pounds) matchup.
Julia “The Jewel” Budd (2-2) of Port Moody, British Columbia Canada will face Elina Nilsson (2-2) of Gothenburg, Sweden at featherweight (145 pounds).
In the opening main card bout, Jiu-Jitsu champion and former high school wrestling star Carla Esparza (6-2) of Redondo Beach, Calif. will square off with Sarah “White Tiger” Schneider (6-5) of Kansas City, Mo. in a flyweight tilt.
The Invicta FC event will kick off with a five-bout preliminary card. In a bantamweight matchup between two undefeated future stars, Sarah Moras (2-0) of Kelowna, British Columbia Canada will face Raquel Pennington (1-1) of Colorado Springs, Colo.
After compiling a 5-2 record under amateur status, 25-year-old Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke (0-0) will make her much-anticipated professional debut against unbeaten 30-year-old Suzie Montero (1-0) of Pompano Beach, Fla. at bantamweight.
One-half of the 26-year-old twin MMA fighter duo, Jocelyn “Lights Out” Lybarger (0-0) of Phoenix, Ariz. will make debut under professional status opposite Cheryl Chan (0-0) of Surrey, British Columbia Canada at super flyweight.
In one of two atomweight (105 pounds) matchups, Nicdali Calanoc-Rivera (7-6) of Tulsa, Okla. will take on Angelica Chavez (4-1) of Albuquerque, N.M. In the other, Jessica Philippus (0-0) of Marshall, Mo. will battle Liz McCarthy (0-0) of Tigard, Ore.
All bouts have been approved by the Kansas State Athletic Commission.
About Invicta Fighting Championships:
Invicta Fighting Championships is a world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight series dedicated to providing female athletes with a major platform to hone their skills on a consistent basis. Founded in 2012 by longtime MMA executive Shannon Knapp and sports aficionado Janet Martin, Invicta is committed to pioneering the future growth of women’s MMA by promoting the best possible matchups between female competitors and identifying and developing future superstars of the sport.
Mike Afromowitz (917) 566-8754, firstname.lastname@example.org