Who Will Main Event Invicta FC 40?
It has been four months since Invicta FC was able to entertain fans. Now, the all-female promotion will get its chance to shine when it returns to action on July 2. In Kansas City, Invicta 40 will feature several huge fights with several top stars.
The main event will see Emily Ducote face off against Juliana Lima. A former Bellator star, Ducote (8-6) lost to Ilima-Lei Macfarlane to determine the first Bellator Flyweight Champion. She joined Invicta in 2019, beating Janaisa Morandin via knockout. The 26-year-old’s last fight was in November, losing to Kanako Murata for the vacant Invicta FC Strawweight Title.
After one fight with the promotion in 2013, Lima (10-6) had a run with the UFC that included a 3-4 record. She returned to Invicta in May 2019, beating Danielle Taylor via split decision. Lima’s last bout was a unanimous decision loss against Brianna Van Buren back in May 2019.
The co-main event will feature an atomweight bout featuring Alesha Zappitella v. Lindsey VanZandt. Zappitella (6-2) last fought in February, beating Kelly D’Angelo via unanimous decision. It was her third win in four fights with Invicta. Her previous bout was a loss to Kanna Asakura at RIZIN 18.
VanZandt (7-3) is has been bouncing around between Invicta and Bellator. “Damsel” last fought in December, losing to Rena Kubota via TKO at RIZIN 20. The New Year’s bout was a rematch from their clash at Bellator 22 in June 2019, where she beat Kubota via submission. VanZandt is 2-2 in her last four fights.
Other fights on the card include DeAnna Bennett (10-6) v. Victoria Leonardo (6-2), Chelsea Chandler (2-1) v. Olivia Parker (4-0), Claire Guthrie (1-0) v. Laura Anderson (2-0), and Genia Goodin (1-0) v. Shelby Koren (0-0).
Invicta 40 will be shown on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. CT / 8 p.m. ET. The Kansas Athletic Commission will be keeping an eye on things and there will be no fans allowed inside the unnamed arena. Fighters and their corners will be tested for COVID-19 before the event, and additional safety guidelines will be released soon.
Here is the full fight card for Invicta 40:
Strawweight: Emily Ducote v. Juliana Lima
Atomweight: Alesha Zappitella v. Lindsey VanZandt
Flyweight: DeAnna Bennett v. Victoria Leonardo
Featherweight: Chelsea Chandler v. Olivia Parker
Flyweight: Claire Guthrie v. Laura Anderson
Strawweight: Genia Goodin v. Shelby Koren