Weighins complete for Invicta 7 featuring Ezparza, Smith & Nakamoto in title fights

December 5, 2013 No Comments
Saturday night's Invicta Fighting Championships 7 features more than its share of exciting match-ups. The Miriam "Queen of Mean" Nakamoto match against Lauren Murphy will be a battle royale between two of the top female strikers. All photos: Esther Lin

Saturday night’s Invicta Fighting Championships 7 features more than its share of exciting match-ups. The Miriam “Queen of Mean” Nakamoto (r) match against Lauren Murphy will be a battle royale between two of the top strikers. All photos: Esther Lin

Saturday, December 7, 2013, the Invicta Fighting Championships 7 will be at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.


 


In the Main Event they have the 34 year-old flyweight champion Barb Honchak who stands 5’3” tall with a record of (8-2, 1 KO) from Miletech Fighting Systems/Steve Berger’s MMA in St. Louis, Missouri defending her title against three-time “Fight of the Night” winner, 31 year-old Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (6-3-1, 3 KOs) of the Cesar Gracie Fight Team, Pleasant Hill, CA who stands 5’9” tall.

The Main Event of the evening features Barb Honchak (l) going up against Leslie Smith.

Bt 9 b Leslie Smith vs Barb Honchak

The Main Event of the evening features Barb Honchak (l) going up against Leslie Smith.

Main Event of the evening features Barb Honchak (l) going up against Leslie Smith (r).

In the co-feature, it will be the strawweight champion, 26 year-old, 5’1” Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza (9-2, 3 KOs) of Team Oyama, Redondo Beach, CA, defending her belt against undefeated Brazilian superstar 25 year-old Claudia Gadelha (11-0, 2 KOs) of Team Nova Uniao, Mossoro, Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil.

Bt 8 a Esparza vs Gadelha Bt 8 b Gadelha vs Esparza

 Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza (9-2, 3 KOs) of Team Oyama, Redondo Beach, CA, defending her belt against undefeated Brazilian superstar 25 year-old Claudia Gadelha

Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza (l) of Team Oyama, Redondo Beach, CA, is defending her belt against undefeated Brazilian superstar Claudia Gadelha (r).

In a third world title fight, the inaugural Invicta FC bantamweight world championship, they’re featuring 30 year-old knockout artist Lauren Murphy (7-0, 5 KOs) of the Gracie Barra Katy Academy in Katy, Texas against unbeaten rising star 37 year-old 5’9” Miriam Nakamoto (2-0-1 NC, 2 KOs) from the Combat Sports Academy, Dublin, CA.

Miriam Nakamoto, the seven time world Muay Thai Champions is now planning to dominate the cage.

After becoming a seven time world Muay Thai Champion, Miriam Nakamoto is setting her sights on becoming a world champion in MMA.

After defeating some of the top fighters in the sport, Lauren Murphy goes up against her toughest opponent to date World Muay Thai Champion Miriam Nakamoto.

After defeating some of the top fighters in the sport, Lauren Murphy now goes up against her toughest opponent to date World Muay Thai Champion Miriam Nakamoto.

Nakamoto said she made the transition to MMA because it was something that intimidated her, and one should always face their fears. In the brutal world of Muay Thai, few have accomplished anything near what Nakamoto has. In the eight limb fighting sport, she has seven world titles and an undefeated record. With unparalleled striking ability, the former boxer presents a frightening challenge for Murphy.

Murphy, born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, has gone through a ton of changes herself. After winning two MMA championships in Alaska in 2011, two of the most important men in her life let her know they were leaving the state.

First, her then-boyfriend (now husband), Joe Murphy, a member of the U.S. Air Force stationed in Alaska, got word he was being transferred to Panama City, Florida. A few weeks later her coach, Patrick Applegate, was relocating with his family to Katy, Texas. With her fight career hanging in the balance, she followed her fiance to Florida.

Soon after, she made arrangements to make the 10-hour drive from Florida to Texas to meet up with her old coach and maybe get a few weeks of training before heading back to Florida. After arriving at the new facility, Gracie Barra Katy, things changed dramatically.

“Everything about Gracie Barra Katy was and is what I’ve needed,” said Murphy. “The facility is state-of-the-art and I have so many talented and professional training partners pushing me. From the moment I walked into the gym, they have taken care of me in every way.”

She spent the next couple months getting back into shape and working with this new dream team of coaches – Applegate, San Shou, Alex Cisne and Aaron Pena. Since becoming a part of this new team last October, she’s defeated Jennifer Scott via TKO in March. Three weeks later, she took a short-notice fight against one of the country’s best fighters, Kaitlyn Young. Murphy stunned the Invicta crowd in Kansas City by soundly defeating the heavily favored Young via unanimous decision.

Invicta brought Murphy back to Kansas City in July to face an even tougher opponent in Sarah D’Alelio. Once again, she overpowered and out-struck her opponent to get another win and this opportunity to fight Nakamoto for Invicta’s inaugural bantamweight belt.


Invicta FC Flyweight Championship (Main Event, Match #9):
Barb Honchak – 124 ½ Pounds
vs Leslie Smith – 124 ¾ Pounds

Invicta FC Strawweight Championship (Co-feature, Match #8)
Carla Esparza (9-2) – 114 Pounds
Claudia Gadelha (11-0) – 114 Pounds

Inaugural Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship (Co-feature, Match #7)
Lauren Murphy – 134 Pounds
Miriam Nakamoto – 134 ¾ Pounds

Strawweight (Match #6)
Felica Herrig (9-4) – 114 ½ Pounds
Tecia Torres (3-0) – 114 ½ Pounds

The Felice Herrig (left) versus Tecia Torres (right) should be a doozy.

The Felice Herrig (left) versus Tecia Torres (right) should be a doozie.

Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of the United States, representing the six million women who entered the workforce for the first time during World War II. These women took the places of the male workers who were absent fighting in the Pacific and European theaters.

Rosie the Riveter (left) is a cultural icon of the United States, representing the six million women who entered the workforce for the first time during World War II. These women took the place of the male workers who were absent fighting in the Pacific and European theaters. At the weigh-ins on Friday, the always clever and eye-catching Felice Herrig of Team Curran, Chicago, Illinois wore the same Rosie the Riveter head piece and struck a similar pose.

Strawweight (Match #5)

Joanne Calderwood (7-0) – 115 ½ Pounds
Katja Kankaanpaa (8-0-1) – 114 ¾ Pounds

At Friday's weigh-ins, Joanne Calderwood (left) and Katja Kankaanpaa (r) face off.

At Friday’s weigh-ins, Joanne Calderwood (left) and Katja Kankaanpaa (r) face off.

In match #5, it will be Katja Kankaanpoa (l) facing the formidable Joanne Calderwood (r).

In match #5, it will be Katja Kankaanpoa (l) facing the formidable Joanne Calderwood (r).

Featherweight (Match #4)
Julia Budd (5-2) – 145 ½ Pounds
Charmaine Tweet (4-3) – 145 Pounds

In match #4, it is Julia Budd (l) facing Charmaine Tweet (r).

In match #4, it is Julia Budd (l) facing Charmaine Tweet (r).

Flyweight (Match #3)
Vanessa Porto (15-6) – 125 ¼ Pounds
Zoila Frausto Gurgel (12-3) – 124 ¾ Pounds

In match #3, it's Vanessa Porto (l) facing Zoila Frausto Gurgel (r).

In match #3, it’s Vanessa Porto (l) facing Zoila Frausto Gurgel (r).

Bantamweight (Match #2)
Sarah D’ Alelio (7-4)– 135 ½ Pounds
Tonya Evinger (11-6) – 135 ¾ Pounds

In match #2, it is Sarah D'Alelio (l) versus Tonya Evinger (r).

In match #2, it is Sarah D’Alelio (l) versus Tonya Evinger (r).

Flyweight (Match #1)
Munah Holland (5-2) – 127 Pounds
Nina Arsanoff (5-3)– 126 ¾ Pounds

In match #6, thy have Munah Holland (l) facing  Nina Ansaroff.

In match #1, they have Munah Holland (l) facing Nina Ansaroff (r).

Invicta 7 is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via IN Demand, DISH, Avail-TVN in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV, SaskTel, TELUS, and MTS in Canada, for only $14.95. In addition, viewers worldwide may purchase the show at www.invictafc.com and the Invicta Fighting Championship’s Facebook page.

From the show’s hostesses, the Invicta FC Phoenix Girls: (l to r) Shannon Ihrke, Gianna Puppo and Natasha Wicks to the fighters themselves, this show is glamor plus. All photos: Esther Lin

From the show’s hostesses, the Invicta FC Phoenix Girls: (l to r) Shannon Ihrke, Gianna Puppo and Natasha Wicks to the fighters themselves, this show is glamor plus. All photos: Esther Lin

Invicta is also offering a FREE one-hour live viewing in North America, starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, available via all aforementioned PPV carriers and The Fight Network in Canada. Viewers worldwide may also watch the free bouts, featuring Sarah D’ Alelio (7-4) vs. Tonya Evinger (11-6) at bantamweight and Munah Holland (5-2) vs. Nina Arsanoff(5-4) at flyweight, via www.invictafc.com and Invicta Fighting Championship’s Facebook.

Invicta Fighting Championships, an organization committed to pioneering the growth of women’s MMA, was founded in 2012 by longtime MMA executive Shannon Knapp and sports aficionado Janet Martin.

Share This PostTags: , , , , , MMA/Muay Thai

Leave a Reply


*

Mario Ramirez and Dewayne Beamon headline Friday’s boxing show in Tijuana

Cornermen’s last bell, a tribute to Ferdie Pacheco and Rafael Garcia

Once again, ex-NFL kicker, sportscaster, writer, stand-up comic, ring announcer, et cetera, etc. Benny Ricardo has written a great article....

Friends and acquaintances who remind us of someone famous

100 plus attend Raphael Ramirez’s pre-fight workout

On Monday afternoon, at the Victory MMA Gym on Midway Drive in Point Loma, close to 100 people, to...

MMA & Muay Thai Fights schedule

MMA and Muay Thai schedules are updated on a regular basis with an emphasis given to events involving local...

Updated Pro Boxing Schedule

Photo (above) was taken on August 17, 1989, in San Diego, on the night Tony Deluca defeated Willy Salazar by...