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Three Reasons to Catch Invicta FC 9

<p>Invicta FC 9 is coming your way via UFC Fight Pass Saturday night at 9 pm. The card features some familiar talent along with the debuts of some future superstars. The event will be headlined by a flyweight title defense between champion Barb Honchak and Takayo Hashi. Shannon Sinn and Andrea Lee, two of the hottest prospects scouted by the organization will be debuting against each other. Amanda Bell is taking on Maria Hougaard-Djursaa in what some speculate will be a fight of the night contender. A bout between Ayaka Hamasaki and Herica Tiburcio was recently scrapped due to visa issues, but there’s still plenty of reasons to check out this event. Here’s our top three:</p> <h2>Barb Honchak vs. Takayo Hashi</h2> <p>Barb Honchak (9-2) is looking to take her 5th consecutive victory to remain undefeated and Invicta’s flyweight champion. Honchak has faced a who’s who list of some of the top names in WMMA including Cat Zingano, Felice Herrig, and Roxanne Modafferi. She’s a fierce grappler and a product of the quietly resurging Militech Fighting Systems, boasting a 9-2 record without a loss since 2010. </p> <p>Honchak will be fighting in her hometown for the first time in her career against Tokyo Japan’s Takayo Hashi (15-4-1). Hashi first gained international notoriety after winning the Smackgirl middleweight belt. Her victory over Hitomi Akano earned her a fight against Sarah Kaufman. Despite losing three in a row to some of the top fighters in the women’s circuit, she rebounded with two wins and a draw, one of which was for the Jewels inaugural middleweight belt.</p> <h2>Mizuki Inoue vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz</h2> <p>Mizuki Inoue (8-1 1 NC) has been deemed to have the fastest hands in wmma. Inoue won the Jewels 56kg Rough Stone Grand Prix at 16 years of age and became one of the youngest champions to ever fight for a major promotion. Currently the number eight ranked strawweight in the world, Inoue honed her skills in shoot boxing, winning two championships in the process. 6 of her 8 wins come by submission, 5 by arm bar.</p> <p>Opposing her is Poland’s Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Kowalkiewicz brings a strong Muay Thai based approach and has shown to be quick and scrappy when shooting for submissions or transitioning from the bottom. The timing and accuracy of her shots, especially her knees and overhand right, make her a scary threat to the division. This will be her first fight with Invicta.</p> <h2>Amber Brown vs. Liz McCarthy</h2> <p>Team Quest’s Liz “Lightning” McCarthy will be facing Fit NHB’s Amber “The Bully” Brown in an atomweight battle. The debuting Brown had a successful amateur boxing career before transitioning over to MMA. She’s fought in Pancrase and won a submission and lost a submission. She’s a tough boxer that showed a lot of heart in her only professional loss and good cage presence in her victories.</p> <p>McCarthy had an accomplished amateur career before turning pro. Undefeated as an amateur, McCarthy finished five of her six wins and enjoys a 2-1 record as a pro. She has a win by flying triangle to her name and will likely look to get Brown to the ground to negate Brown’s striking and prevent her opponent from cutting her off against the cage.</p>

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