With Ediane Gomes Injured, ‘Cyborg’ Santos Meets Fiona Muxlow at Invicta FC 5
Women’s featherweight talent Ediane
has suffered a rib injury and will be unable to face
as expected at
Invicta FC 5
Invicta Fighting Championships announced the news Tuesday,
revealing that Australian Fiona
Muxlow will compete in Gomes’ stead at the April 5 event, which
takes place at Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.
The event is headlined by an atomweight title confrontation between
reigning champion Jessica
Penne and 13-fight pro Michelle
Waterson. The evening’s main draw will also feature former
Strikeforce bantamweight queen Sarah
Kaufman locking horns with Leslie
Smith, while ex-Bellator strawweight titlist Zoila
Frausto Gurgel faces Jennifer
Santos, 27, will fight for the first time since December 2011, when
she knocked out Hiroko
Yamanaka in just 16 seconds before watching that result changed
to a no-contest in the wake of a positive steroid test. “Cyborg”
was then stripped of her Strikeforce featherweight crown by Zuffa
and suspended for one year by the California State Athletic
Commission. Known for her violent striking and finishing ability,
the Brazilian owns eight of her 10 victories by way of
Like Cyborg, Muxlow will make her Invicta debut on April 5. The
Aussie saw a three-fight winning streak snapped in her most recent
outing on New Year’s Eve, when she was submitted by onetime
Strikeforce titlist Marloes
Coenen at Dream 18 in Japan. The 35-year-old has finished three
of her six career victims by way of submission and has yet to be
knocked out in eight pro appearances.
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