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Invicta FC will hold a one-night atomweight tournament.
The world’s premier women-only MMA promotion, Invicta FC, has announced the next installation of its popular one-night Phoenix Tournament. The event is scheduled for Friday, June 11, and will feature eight atomweight fighters seeking a shot at the current champion, Alesha Zappitella.
“The Phoenix Tournament is a unique set of challenges to our athletes,” said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp via press release. “The rapid-fire pace of the one-round quarter- and semifinal matches is totally different to anything else in mixed martial arts. Having to peak not once, not twice but potentially three times against three different opponents is the kind of mental stress only a handful of fighters in MMA history have overcome.”
As Knapp explains, Phoenix Tournament champions must fight and win three times in a single night. The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds are one-round, five-minute fights, and the final of the tournament is a three-round bout.
This is Invicta FC’s fourth Phoenix Tournament and its first at atomweight. Previous winners include Brianna Van Buren at strawweight, Miranda Maverick and flyweight, and Taneisha Tennant at bantamweight.
The atomweight Phoenix Tournament participants represent a mix of established Invicta FC contenders, as well as promotional newcomers. Most notably, Jessica Delboni steps up just three weeks after unsuccessfully challenging for Zappitella’s title in an extremely close fight. Also in action are Invicta atomweight mainstays Lindsey VanZandt and Jillian DeCoursey. Both women have battled Zappitella previously.
As with other recent Invicta FC events held in Kansas, the night will feature open scoring, with fighters and fans knowing the judges’ scores in between rounds in real time.
Below is the full atomweight Phoenix Tournament roster:
- Jessica Delboni
- Lindsey VanZandt
- Jillian DeCoursey
- Katie Perez
- Katie Saull
- Linda Mihalec
- Paulina Granados
- Tabatha Watkins
The Invicta FC atomweight Phoenix Tournament takes place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS, and will air live on AXS TV.