Shanna Young And Victoria Leonardo Added To Second Phoenix Series Tournament

Kansas City, Mo. – With less than two weeks until Phoenix Series 2, Invicta Fighting Championships has announced a shake-up to the one-night, eight-woman flyweight tournament taking place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. on Friday Sept. 6.

Two competitors from the original field of eight, Cheri Muraski and Marilia Santos, have been forced to withdraw, leaving open tournament slots to be filled by Shanna “The Shanimal” Young (6-2) and Victoria “Fury” Leonardo (6-1).

Young turns herself around quickly after competing on Dana White’s Contender Series earlier this month. Leonardo also competed in August, earning “Fight of the Night” honors in a winning effort against Stephanie Geltmacher at Invicta FC 36.

The updated flyweight field competing at Phoenix Series 2 includes:
DeAnna Bennett (10-5-1) – UFC veteran and former Invicta FC title challenger
Milana Dudieva (12-8) – Three-fight UFC veteran
Maiju Suotama (8-4) – Strikeforce Challengers veteran
Daiana Torquato (9-3) – Brazilian prospect on a seven-fight winning streak
Shanna Young (6-2) – Dana White’s Contender Series veteran
Liz Tracy (5-3) – Three-fight Invicta FC veteran
Victoria Leonardo (6-1) – Invicta FC and Bellator MMA veteran
Miranda Maverick (5-2) – Twenty-two-year-old prospect with six Invicta FC fights
Phoenix Series 2 follows the same structure as the prior tournament, with four quarterfinal bouts and two semifinal bouts each having a maximum duration of one five-minute round. The tournament’s final bout will be contested over three five-minute rounds.

Quarterfinal match-ups will be determined by random selection, with Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp drawing names during ceremonial weigh-ins for Phoenix Series 2 on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Two tournament reserve bouts have also been added to the card, as Chantel “Killa” Coates (1-1), owner of the fastest knockout in promotional history, meets California-based debutant Flore “Aito Hine” Hani (1-1) and the always game Kay Hansen (4-3) makes her seventh Invicta appearance against an opponent to be announced.

The complete Phoenix Series 2 fight card can be found below:

Flyweight Tournament Final: TBD vs. TBD
Flyweight Co-Main Event: Alexa Conners (5-3) vs. Mariya Agapova (6-1)
Flyweight Bout: Josee Storts (1-0) vs. Helen Lucero (0-0)
Flyweight Tournament Semifinal: TBD vs. TBD
Flyweight Tournament Semifinal: TBD vs. TBD
Flyweight Reserve Bout No. 2: Kay Hansen (4-3) vs. TBA
Flyweight Reserve Bout No. 1: Chantel Coates (1-1) vs. Flore Hani (1-1)
Flyweight Tournament Quarterfinal: TBD vs. TBD (Randomly Drawn)
Flyweight Tournament Quarterfinal: TBD vs. TBD (Randomly Drawn)
Flyweight Tournament Quarterfinal: TBD vs. TBD (Randomly Drawn)
Flyweight Tournament Quarterfinal: TBD vs. TBD (Randomly Drawn)

Play-by-play voice Laura Sanko and analyst Jimmy Smith return to call the Phoenix Series 2 action, streaming live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS at 7 p.m. CT on Friday, Sept. 6.

Author: Fight Game Asia

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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