Invicta Concludes Flyweight Contender Tournament With Bennett Vs. Rodriguez II

Kansas City, Mo. – Invicta Fighting Championships today announced the complete fight card for Invicta FC 35, taking place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. on Friday, June 7.

The Invicta FC 35 main event features The Ultimate Fighter alum DeAnna “Vitamin D” Bennett (10-4-1) taking on Mexico’s Karina Rodriguez (7-3), concluding a flyweight contender tournament that began in February. Invicta 34 featured Bennett eliminating Miranda Maverick and Rodriguez knocking off Milana Dudieva in the semifinal round, setting up this rematch in the tournament’s final round.

In their previous meeting at Invicta FC 28, Bennett notched a split decision over Rodriguez. At Invicta FC 35, the flyweight contenders revive their rivalry in pursuit of the next opportunity to challenge 125-pound queen Vanessa Porto.

Undefeated atomweight Alesha “Half Pint” Zappitella (5-0) earns a co-main event slot, meeting UFC veteran Viviane “Sucuri” Pereira (13-3), who drops down to 105 pounds after having competed most recently at strawweight and as heavy as bantamweight during her career.

Also featured at Invicta FC 35:

Japanese wrestler Kanako Murata (9-1) makes her highly anticipated Invicta debut, vying with strawweight newcomer Liana “Li” Pirosin (7-2)

Former bantamweight title challenger Katharina Lehner (7-1) returns against unbeaten up-and-comer Lisa “The Strangler” Spangler (3-0)

Veterans Kaitlin “The Striking Viking” Young (9-9-1) and Faith “The Immortal” McMah (6-3) face off at featherweight

Californians collide as Stockton’s Chelsea Chandler (1-1) battles Brittney “Bombshell” Victoria (3-0) of Los Angeles

Kelly “Wildfire” D’Angelo (2-2) clashes with Jillian “Lionheart” DeCoursey (2-1) in an atomweight affair

Muay Thai dynamo Loma Lookboonmee (2-1) attempts to bounce back from her first MMA defeat against recently signed atomweight Monique Adriane (4-1)

Strawweights Valerie “The Violator” Wong (0-0) and Genia Goodin (0-0) will make their professional debuts in the night’s opening bout
The complete nine-fight card for Invicta FC 35 can be found below:

INVICTA FC 35

Flyweight Contender Bout: DeAnna
Bennett vs. Karina Rodriguez

Atomweight Bout: Alesha Zappitella vs. Viviane Pereira

Strawweight Bout: Kanako Murata vs. Liana Pirosin

Bantamweight Bout: Katharina Lehner vs. Lisa Spangler

Featherweight Bout: Kaitlin Young vs. Faith McMah

Bantamweight Bout: Chelsea Chandler vs. Brittney Victoria

Atomweight Bout: Kelly D’Angelo vs. Jillian DeCoursey

Atomweight Bout: Loma Lookboonmee vs. Monique Adriane
Strawweight Bout: Valerie Wong vs. Genia Goodin

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Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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