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Invicta FC women’s MMA promotion sold to Anthem Sports – MMA Root



KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Invicta Fighting Championships (Invicta FC) – the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion – announced today that it has acquired Anthem Sports & Entertainment Inc. Fight Network, IMPACT Wrestling and Game + among others. Fans can look forward to a wide variety of Invicta events, including World Championship nightclubs, popular Phoenix Series © tournaments, pay-per-view scene events plus behind the scenes.

Invicta FC was founded in 2012 by the experienced executive sports competition Shannon Knapp. In the last nine years, the offer has changed the face of MMA. Knapp has promoted more than 400 fights at 46 Invicta women’s events that include – and often find out – who is one of the greatest fighters of all time, including Rose Namajunas, Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino and Amanda Nunes.

Invicta FC 15 weighs Cyborg vs. Ibragimova
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Founder Shannon Knapp will continue to lead Invicta FC

Knapp will join the Anthem executive team as a senior member of the Sports Media Group and will continue to lead Invicta FC as it enters an exciting new era as part of the Anthem family.

He said: “This is a huge moment for Invicta and for women in the sport. Invicta FC was founded to give women mixed martial artists a platform where they could compete and prove the challengers wrong. Now, as part of the Anthem portfolio and with national television broadcasts for the first time, the Invicta platform will be bigger than ever, and more people will have the opportunity to see the world’s top female athletes compete. With the support of Anthem, it will be easier than ever for our fans to get all the Invicta action and for new fans to find out exactly why Invicta is one of the most exciting battle deals in the world. “

Ed Nordholm, CEO of Anthem Sports & Entertainment and President of Sports Media Group, said: to transform Anthem into a leading global content company. What Shannon achieved with Invicta is one of the great successes of the sport. She will play a vital role as a senior member of the Anthem executive team and as a shareholder in Anthem, and we look forward to helping her take Invicta to new heights. “

Invicta FC goes to AXS TV and Fight Network

Invicta FC events will be broadcast live on AXS TV and the Anthem-owned Fight Network. The Invicta FC 44 will take place on Friday 21 May. It will include a World Championship match and will be broadcast live on AXS TV in the United States and on the Fight Network in Canada. The event will be available digitally to many Invicta fans outside of North America, including the digital ownership of AXS TV AXS NOW.

Frank Tanki, General Manager of AXS TV, said: “AXS TV has a great legacy of MMA-supported AXS Fights and Invicta will be at the heart of AXS Fights programming.”

As the world emerges from the pandemic, Anthem plans to steadily increase the number of Invicta FC shows on AXS TV, digital streaming platforms and standalone pay-per-view supercards. In addition to broadcasting live events with current Invicta titles, including Alesha Zappitella, Pam Sorenson and Pearl Gonzalez, Anthem will also celebrate Invicta’s rich legacy with regular programming featuring Invicta’s historic games in the background. and the lifestyle of the fighters.

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The acquisition includes Invicta FC’s popular Phoenix series brand

“The Phoenix series is the fastest form of MMA,” Knapp said. “For those who will watch it for the first time, it is an intense event of rapid fire where eight athletes compete in an exhausting night. Quarterfinals and semifinals consist of a single round – giving fighters no more than five minutes to win and advance to the tournament or defeat. The two winning semifinals then go toe-to-toe that night in a three-, five-minute lap race, with the winner being crowned tournament champion. “

Tanki added: “Invicta’s Phoenix series is the perfect form for live TV. It combines hard martial arts with exciting, fiction reminiscent of the best live reality TV. I’m very excited that a wider fan base will have the opportunity to enjoy this groundbreaking night for the first time at AXS. “

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