It’s time for more Invicta FC this weekend, and this one’s got some serious divisional movement and a title fight as the cherry on top.
Brazilian grappling sensation Virna Jandiroba (12-0) squares off against agile and technical Japanese striker Mizuki Inoue (12-4). The two will challenge each other for the currently vacant strawweight title, which was vacated by brutal striker (and essential Twitter follow) Angela Hill upon her return to the UFC. Jandiroba’s dynamic grappling style and relentless pressure on the ground will prove to be a challenge for the 23-year-old Japanese standout. Inoue’s striking is on a very high level, though. Neither fighter will have an easy time here. Inoue’s last fight was a submission win over Lynn Alvarez, extending her win streak to four.
The co-main event is a great matchup between DeAnna Bennett (8-3-1 draw) and Mexican talent Karina Rodriguez (6-2). Bennett returns to Invicta after participating in The Ultimate Fighter and ending up with a draw in her UFC debut. She was then released and heads back to her old stomping grounds to use her well-rounded MMA game against a sharp and accurate striker that knows how to pace herself and break through to find a finish. It should be noted that Bennet had unfortunately missed weight, and will be fined accordingly.
Former UFC fighter Milana Dudieva (11-7) faces yet another former TUF contestant, Christina Marks (8-9). Former UFC fighter Pearl Gonzalez (6-3) will also see action as she faces tough rising prospect Kali Robbins (5-0).
Here’s the weigh-in video:
Full card and bout order are as follows:
Mizuki Inoue (113.9lbs) vs Virna Jandiroba (115lbs)- Strawweight title fight
DeAnna Bennett (127.9lbs) vs Karina Rodriguez (125.2lbs) – Flyweight
Milana Dudieva (125.9lbs) vs Christina Marks (124.8lbs) – Flyweight
Pearl Gonzalez (115.9lbs) vs Kali Robbins (115.4lbs)- Strawweight
Minna Grusander (105.8lbs) vs Fernanda Priscila (105.9lbs) – Strawweight
Kal Schwartz (115.6lbs) vs Kay Hansen (115.3lbs) – Strawweight
Chelsea Chandler (135.7lbs) vs Kerri Kenneson (135.7lbs)- Bantamweight
Jillian DeCoursey (106lbs) vs Rebekah LeVine (104.9lbs) – Atomweight
Tracy Cortez (124.7lbs ) vs Kaytlin Neil (125.5) – Flyweight
Invicta FC 28: Inoue vs Jandiroba takes place this Saturday night, live from Salt Lake City, UT. The full card will stream live on UFC Fight Pass, starting at 8:00pm EST.
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