A bantamweight duel between Leslie
Smith and Raquel
Pennington has been added to the main card of
Invicta Fighting Championships 4.
The 12-bout card goes down on Jan. 5 at Memorial Hall in Kansas
City, Kan., and features a 115-pound title tilt between undefeated
Gadelha and Team Oyama representative Carla
Esparza. In the co-main event, submission specialist Shayna
Baszler locks horns with former Strikeforce talent Alexis
Davis at 135 pounds.
After battling to a draw with Kaitlin
Young at Invicta’s inaugural event, Smith settled the score
with the Minnesota native at Invicta FC 3, stopping Young with
punches 2:13 into the second round of their rematch. “The
Peacemaker” has finished three of her four career triumphs by way
of technical knockout.
Pennington, meanwhile, is 1-1 in two appearances under the Invicta
FC banner. The Colorado Springs, Colo., native earned a unanimous
decision over Sarah Moras
in July before falling to Cat Zingano
via rear-naked choke at Invicta FC 3.
“Leslie and Raquel have both proven to be ferocious and determined
competitors in the Invicta FC cage, so we are excited to be able to
match them up against each other and create what should be a
barnburner of a fight,” Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp stated
in a release.