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Invicta Fighting Championships 18 takes place Friday night from the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Kansas and streams LIVE on UFC Fight Pass starting at 8:00pm ET. Before tomorrow night’s festivities, the fighters took to the scales for the official weigh-ins.

Strawweight: Alexa Grasso (115.4) vs Jodie Esquibel (115.8)
Flyweight: Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (125.9) vs Christine Stanley (128.6)*
Strawweight: MIZUKI (115.1) vs Lynn Alvarez (114.8)
Bantamweight: Cindy Dandois (135.4) vs Jessamyn Duke (135.9)
Featherweight: Megan Anderson (146) vs Peggy Morgan (144.6)
Atomweight: Tessa Simpson (106) vs Simona Soukupova (105.6)
Bantamweight: Jessica Hoy (135) vs Aspen Ladd (138.1)*
Bantamweight: Sijara Eubanks (135) vs Amberlynn Orr (135.2)

* Stanley and Ladd miss weight and will be fined 25% of their fight purse.

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Press Release –  The fight card for Invicta Fighting Championships 18 has undergone some last-minute changes.

Unbeaten Brazilian newcomers Claudia Rey (6-0) and Taila Santos (13-0) have been forced off the card. Both fighters were approved for visas, but could not obtain the physical documents required to arrive in time for fight week. Rey and Santos will be booked for the organization’s next show, currently targeted for September.

Replacing Rey against Poland’s Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (7-0) will be Invicta veteran Christine Stanley (5-1). Stanley has earned back-to-back wins inside the Invicta cage, most recently defeating Shannon Sinn at Invicta FC 17 in May.

Due to the timing of the change, a suitable replacement could not be found for Santos. As such, her bantamweight bout against Mexico’s Irene Aldana (6-2) has been pulled from the card. Aldana will also return to action on the next scheduled card in September.

The updated fight card for Invicta FC 18:

Strawweight: Alexa Grasso (7-0) vs Jodie Esquibel (5-1)
Flyweight: Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (7-0) vs Christine Stanley (5-1)
Strawweight: MIZUKI (11-4) vs Lynn Alvarez (6-3)
Bantamweight: Cindy Dandois (6-2) vs Jessamyn Duke (3-4, 1 NC)
Featherweight: Megan Anderson (6-2) vs Peggy Morgan (4-3)
Atomweight: Tessa Simpson (4-1) vs Simona Soukupova (5-3-1)
Bantamweight: Aspen Ladd (3-0) vs Jessica Hoy (1-0)
Bantamweight: Sijara Eubanks (1-1) vs Amberlynn Orr (0-0)

Tickets for Invicta FC 18: Grasso vs. Esquibel, available for $100, $75, $50, $40, and $30, are on sale now at CageTix.com. The event streams live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 8pm ET.

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Multi-time Muay Thai champion Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko earned the biggest victory of her MMA career in tonight’s UFC on FOX 20 main event in Chicago, Illinois. Shevchenko scored a convincing Unanimous Decision win over former UFC champion Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm.

Save for a brief knockdown in the opening round, Shevchenko was in control of the five-round bout against Holm from start to finish, and her takedowns and counterstriking propelled her to victory. In strawweight action tonight, hometown star Felice “Lil’ Bulldog” Herrig quickly submitted Kailin Curran.

To read the full recap, (click here).

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Muay Thai sensation Germaine “The Iron Lady” de Randamie looks to continue her streak of impressive stoppage wins when she returns to action on September 3rd at UFC Fight Night 93: “Arlovski vs Barnett” in Hamburg, Germany. De Randamie is set to battle Ashlee Evans-Smith on the card.

UFC officials announced the bantamweight bout on Friday. De Randamie is coming off of a dominant first-round finish of Anna “Panda” Elmose at UFC Fight Night 87 in May. Evans-Smith eked out a controversial Split Decision win over Marion “The Belizean Bruiser” Reneau at UFC Fight Night 83.

To read the full article, (click here).

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Strawweight rising star Maryna “The Iron Woman” Moroz seeks another big victory when she steps back into the Octagon on August 6th at UFC Fight Night 92: “Rodriguez vs Caceres” in Salt Lake City, Utah. Moroz battles undefeated 115-pound standout Justine Kish on the televised main card.

UFC officials announced the matchup this evening. Moroz is coming off of a competitive decision win over Cristina “Barbie” Stanciu at UFC Fight Night 86 in April. Kish posted a controversial Unanimous Decision victory over Nina “The Strina” Ansaroff in her January Octagon debut at UFC 195.

To read the full article, (click here).

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Fresh off of impressive stoppage victories this past month, Joanne “JoJo” Calderwood and Jéssica “Bate Estaca” Andrade are set to collide in a featured matchup on September 10th at UFC 203: “Miocic vs Overeem” in Cleveland, Ohio. UFC officials announced the strawweight bout today.

Calderwood secured her second straight UFC victory in a one-off flyweight bout on June 18th when she finished Valérie “Trouble” Létourneau at UFC Fight Night 89. Andrade made a successful strawweight debut on June 4th when she destroyed former Invicta FC champ Jessica Penne at UFC 199.

To read the full article, (click here).

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Former Invicta FC champion Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson looks to make it two-for-two inside the UFC Octagon when she returns to action on September 3rd at UFC Fight Night 93: “Arlovski vs Barnett” in Hamburg, Germany. Waterson squares off against Aisling “Ais The Bash” Daly.

UFC officials announced the strawweight matchup this morning. Waterson has not fought since winning her UFC debut at the TUF 21 Finale one year ago. Daly has won three of her past four fights, and she most recently dominated prospect Ericka Almeida at UFC Fight Night 76 in October.

To read the full article, (click here).