Illness knocks Claudia Gadelha from tonight’s Invicta FC 7 strawweight title fight


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

claudia-gadelha.jpgSomething must be in the MMA air lately. Invicta Fighting Championships is the latest promotion to suffer a title-fight loss within hours of the card.

Claudia Gadelha (11-0) was scheduled to meet champion Carla Esparza (9-2) for the strawweight title in the co-main event of tonight’s Invicta FC 7 card. But illness has knocked Gadelha from the event. Promotion officials made the announcement on Saturday.

The bout was one of three scheduled title fights on the show, so the card now goes on with two championship bouts. In the main event, flyweight champ Barb Honchak defends her title against Leslie Smith. A fight between Lauren Murphy and Miriam Nakamoto for the promotion’s inaugural bantamweight belt now moves up into the co-main event slot.

Invicta FC 7 takes place tonight at Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Mo. The card, which now features eight fights, airs on online pay-per-view, or through select cable and satellite pay-per-view providers.

“Claudia ran a high fever late Friday evening and went to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a bacterial infection in her intestines,” Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp stated. “We know Claudia wanted this title opportunity more than anything, and all of us at Invicta wish her a speedy recovery. Tonight’s pay-per-view will go on as planned with two world championship fights and a stacked undercard.”

Gadelha, from Brazil, won her Invicta debut in June with a third-round TKO of Ayaka Hamasaki at Invicta FC 6. That kept her unbeaten in her pro career, which has included eight stoppage wins in her 11 fights. It also wound up earning her a title shot that now is put on hold.

With the removal, tonight’s Invicta FC 7 card now includes:

  • Barb Honchak vs. Leslie Smith – for flyweight title
  • Lauren Murphy vs. Miriam Nakamoto – for inaugural bantamweight title
  • Felice Herrig vs. Tecia Torres
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Katja Kankaanpaa
  • Julia Budd vs. Charmaine Tweet
  • Zoila Frausto Gurgel vs. Vanessa Porto
  • Sarah D’Alelio vs. Tonya Evinger
  • Nina Ansaroff vs. Munah Holland

For the latest on Invicta FC 7, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Claudia Gadelha)

view original article >>

Related News

  • 21 days ago
  • 43 views

After nine months off, Invicta Fighting Championships will return in September with its debut on the UFC’s Fight Pass digital network.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

  • 15 days ago
  • 43 views

Women continue to make their mark in the Ultimate Fighting Championship with the debut of the strawweight division at UFC Fight Night 45 in Atlantic City on Wednesday. read news >>

  • 15 days ago
  • 39 views

ATLANTIC CITY – Onetime Invicta FC title challenger Leslie Smith picked up her first UFC win by crowding the long and lanky Jessamyn Duke.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 14 days ago
  • 27 views

At UFC Fight Night 45, Claudia Gadelha and Tina Lahdemaki became the first two 115-pound fighters to step inside the Octagon. Unfortunately for fight fans the bout was buried on UFC Fight Pass. That was a mistake made by the UFC and is something it should avoid moving forward. UFC Fight Night 45 was a fun event, and only two bouts went to a decision—the women's strawweight contest was one of those bouts. That should not detract from why it should have been placed on the televised prelims at the read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 114 views

The UFC has added a female bout to the Fight Night card in Maine. Last seen in the Octagon in a title fight against bantamweight superstar Ronda Rousey in February, Sara McMann returns to action against UFC newcomer Lauren Murphy on Aug. 16, the promotion announced Thursday. McMann (7-1) looks to bounce back in the win column for the first time in her career after suffering a 66-second loss to Rousey at UFC 170. With a 1-1 record under the UFC banner, the Olympic silver medalist in wrestling hol read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 56 views

Fans can also turn back the clock and check out the first seven Invicta FC events as part of their Fight Pass subscription. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing Invicta Fighting Championship (Invicta FC), the industry's only all-female mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, to the Fight Pass digital network with its first live event on Sept. 6, 2014, inside Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. The full fight card will include a pair of title fights, but no Cris Cyborg (yet), w read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 46 views

It was already announced that the UFC had added the all-women’s promotion Invicta FC to its Fight Pass offerings, but the two promotions took it a step further on Thursday, announcing the first Invicta FC live broadcast on the digital network. read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 28 views

Invicta FC's debut event on UFC Fight Pass, Invicta FC 8, is set to take place on September 6, 2014 in Kansas City, promotion president Shannon Knapp announced on a Thursday conference call. The show will be the all-female organization's first in nine months, and is expected to be headlined by duel title bouts, with Stephanie Eggink (4-1) and Katja Kankaanpaa (9-1-1) vying for the vacant Invicta FC strawweight title in the night's co-main event, and atomweight champion Michelle Waterson (11-3) a read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 38 views

The working relationship between Ultimate Fighting Championship and Invicta FC continues to blossom with the announcement that the all-women’s mixed martial arts promotion will air exclusively on UFC Fight Pass going forward. read news >>