Fan favourite Felice “Lil’ Bulldog” Herrig makes her return after a lengthy hiatus and seeks a crucial win on July 23rd at UFC on FOX 20 in Chicago, Illinois. The hometown star, who has not fought since April 2015, is set to battle Hawaiian prospect Kailin Curran in strawweight action on the card.

UFC officials announced the 115-pound fight on Thursday. Herrig has been idle since dropping a one-sided decision to “12 Gauge” Paige VanZant at UFC on FOX 15 one year ago. Curran recently halted a tough two-fight losing skid by submitting Emily Kagan at UFC Fight Night 80 in December.

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Top-ranked contenders Emi Tomimatsu and Naho “Sugi Rock” Sugiyama will face off for the newly-vacant Deep Jewels Atomweight Championship on June 5th at Deep Jewels 12 in Tokyo, Japan. The 105-pound championship fight was one of seven bouts officially announced for the card earlier today.

Former champion “V.V” Mei Yamaguchi vacated the belt in order to compete in her upcoming ONE Championship title fight. Also set for the Deep Jewels 12 card is a featured atomweight bout between Saori “Shooting Star” Ishioka and Hana Date, and a 54kg bout between Yuko “Amiba” Oya and Nori Date.

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TUF 20 finalist “Thug” Rose Namajunas made a strong case for a second shot at UFC gold with her biggest victory to date tonight at UFC on FOX 19: “Teixeira vs Evans” in Tampa, Florida. Namajunas avenged a past loss by edging out Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres in strawweight action.

Tonight’s bout between Namajunas and Torres was a rematch from Invicta FC 6 in 2013 when Torres took home the decision win. Also at UFC on FOX 19, Raquel “Rocky” Pennington picked up her second straight victory by outpointing former bantamweight title challenger Bethe “Pitbull” Correia.

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Former Invicta FC champion Jessica Penne makes her long-awaited return to action on June 4th at UFC 199: “Rockhold vs Weidman 2” in Inglewood, California. Penne is set to face off against Jéssica “Bate Estaca” Andrade, who will make her strawweight debut in the featured matchup.

UFC officials confirmed plans for the fight this week following an initial report from the L.A. Daily News. Penne has not fought since June 2015 when she was stopped by UFC champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk at UFC Fight Night 69. Andrade drops down to 115 pounds after suffering a loss at UFC 191.

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Press Release – The lineup for Invicta Fighting Championships 17 is complete.

Three additional fights have been added to the stacked lineup. The match-ups were revealed on the latest episode of Invicta FC Radio.

Flyweight knockout artist Christine “Knuckles” Stanley (4-1) returns to the Invicta cage to take on Colorado’s Shannon Sinn (2-2). Also at 125 pounds, Hawaiian Rachael Ostovich (2-2) meets promotional newcomer Ariel Beck (3-2). Finally, England’s Laura “Hot Head” Howarth (2-1) steps into the Invicta cage for the first time against Alexa Conners (0-0) in a bantamweight fight.

The bouts join the previously announced headlining bantamweight title fight between champion Tonya “Triple Threat” Evinger (17-5) and California’s own Colleen “Thoroughbred” Schneider (10-6), as well as a strawweight championship affair between unbeaten champion Livia Renata Souza (9-0) and UFC veteran Angela “Overkill” Hill (4-2).

The current fight card for Invicta FC 17:
Bantamweight Title: Tonya Evinger (17-5) vs Colleen Schneider (10-6)
Strawweight Title: Livia Renata Souza (9-0) vs Angela Hill (4-2)
Strawweight: Mizuki Inoue (11-4) vs Aline Serio (9-5)
Featherweight: Latoya Walker (5-0) vs Charmaine Tweet (8-5)
Atomweight: Tessa Simpson (4-1) vs Julia Jones (4-0)
Featherweight: Amanda Bell (3-3) vs Megan Anderson (5-2)
Flyweight: Christine Stanley (4-1) vs Shannon Sinn (2-2)
Flyweight: Rachael Ostovich (2-2) vs Ariel Beck (3-2)
Bantamweight: Laura Howarth (2-1) vs Alexa Conners (0-0)

The event takes place Saturday, May 7, from The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA. Tickets for the event, available for $100, $75, $55, and $35, are currently on sale at CageTix.com.



Ukrainian prospect Maryna “The Iron Woman” Moroz rebounded from the first loss of her pro career with a hard-fought victory tonight at UFC Fight Night 86: “Rothwell vs dos Santos” in Zagreb, Croatia. Moroz outpointed Cristina “Barbie” Stanciu in a back-and-forth strawweight bout on the card.

Moroz found herself in early danger when Stanciu threatened with a series of submission attempts in the opening round, but Moroz stayed calm and Stanciu, a former flyweight, slowed down in the final ten minutes. The bout went to the scorecards and Moroz took home a Unanimous Decision win.

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Former UFC title challenger “Alpha” Cat Zingano makes her long-awaited return to the cage on July 9th at UFC 200: “Diaz vs McGregor 2” in Las Vegas, Nevada. Zingano meets TUF 18 winner Julianna “The Venezuelan Vixen” Peña in what may prove to be a bantamweight title eliminator.

UFC officials confirmed the matchup today following multiple reports during the past week. Zingano has not fought since February 2015 when she was submitted by then-champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey in 14 seconds at UFC 184. Peña has won all three UFC bouts including two inside the distance.

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