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Invicta on AXS TV debut on May 21 to be headlined by pair of championship bouts – MMA Root

Invicta FC hopes to make a big splash with its AXS TV debut.

The promotion announced in a press release that it has completed the lineup for the May 21 premiere of AXS TV, which will include a couple of title fights.

In the main event, the new flyweight champion will be crowned when Karina Rodriguez (8-4) takes on Diana Torquato (10-3) for the free belt. Rodriguez has won two of her last three fights, but has not competed since losing to Vanessa Porto by unanimous decision in November 2019. Torquato defeated former UFC fighter Sarah Frota by split decision in her most recent appearance at Respect MMA in Rio de Janeiro. …

The Invicta Flyweight title was released last September when Porto signed with Bellator MMA.

Alesha Zappitella (8-2, 1 NC) defends his lightweight title for the first time when he meets Jessica Delboni (10-2) in a co-main event. “Polupinta” became the Invicta 105lb champion last September when she introduced Ashley Cummins as the first ever choke receiver in Von Flew history. She has won three fights in a row, while Delboni enters the fight, winning the last two fights for Invicta.

Other notable names in force on May 21 are Invicta and Bellator veteran Emily Ducot and Invicta FC: Phoenix Series 3 tournament winner Taneisha Tennant.

Invicta on AXS TV will air on AXS TV in the US and Fight Network in Canada. The event takes place in Kansas City, Caen.

See full composition below:

Karina Rodriguez vs. Diana Torquato

Alesha Zappitella vs. Jessica Delboni

Emily Ducot vs. Liz Tracy

Taneisha Tennant vs. Hope Chase

Juliana Miller vs. Claire Guthrie

Josie Stores vs. Maria Favela

Fatima Kline vs. Ariana Melendez

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