In another sign of agreement between Strikeforce and the all-female fight organization, Invicta Fighting Championship, Sarah Kaufman is scheduled to fight for Invicta on October 6th.
Kaufman, a former Strikeforce champion, is scheduled to face Kaitlin Young, a powerful kickboxer, on the next Invicta card. I believe Kaufman is a great fit for Invicta for two reasons: less media distraction and more opportunity to fight. Invicta FC is planning to hold four events a year.
Kaitlin Young, Invicta FC fighter
Kaitlin Young lost by TKO doctor stoppage to Gina Carano in 2008. She is famous for knocking out Miesha Tate with a head kick back in 2007.
More recently, Kaitlin lost to Liz Carmouche (who is hoping to challenge Ronda Rousey) and to Julie Kedzie in their second match-up. Kaitlin won the first time she battled Kedzie.
Julie Kedzie recently lost a close match with Miesha Tate.
Miesha "Cupcake" Tate news
Since her fight with Kaitlin Young, Miesha has worked her way up to winning the bantamweight Strikeforce title. She lost her title to current champion, Ronda Rousey. Now, Miesha has decided to take a year off from fighting to relax and ignite her passion for the sport again.
Based on a recent Facebook post, it looks like she's having fun "I just love my dog, can't believe he let me do this to him LOL so funny/cute! Love ya Skootz!" video
Cat Zingano joins Strikeforce
The female fighter landscape is getting more interesting with new faces joining the Strikeforce team. Scott Coker tweeted this announcement, "We'd like to welcome @CatZingano to the Strikeforce family. She'll take on @Amanda_Leoa Nunes at next month's event in Sacramento!"
Invicta founder, Shannon Knapp, tweeted, "I am happy for Cat and Strikeforce! Cat will really add to their 135 lbs division."
Zingano is still listed as an Invicta fighter (on their website). She recently signed a multi-fight contract with Strikeforce. Cat Zingano vs Amanda Nunes has been added to the Strikeforce event in Sacramento on September 29.
For those who haven't seen Cat in action, here's her fight against Takayo Hashi video
To balance the scale, here's Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pa'aluhi - Invicta FC 2 video
Invicta News: New Ring Announcer and Fake Matchmakers
There's a warning posted on the Invicta website to all female fighters who would like to fight for Invicta. "Janet Martin is the only matchmaker and Sam Wilson is the only talent consultant. We work with everyone and everyone has an opportunity to work with us."
Shannon Knapp offered her personal email (email@example.com) to any female fighter who has had a bad experience with someone making false claims. "Bullying female athletes to sign management agreements will not be tolerated by Invicta FC."
In other Invicta news, Shannon Knapp welcomed former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Announcer, Joe A. Martinez for the October 6 event.
Invicta FC 3 Fight Card
The third Invicta event takes place October 6th in Kansas City, KS, at Memorial Hall starting at 6 pm CT (7 pm ET). This is the full fight card as of August 30. Because Cat Zingano is fighting Amanda Nunes at a Strikeforce event in Sacramento on September 29th, a new opponent will have to be found for Leslie Smith. That fight is listed with the preliminary fights on this listing.
This Invicta FC 3 card is stacked. Each fight is going to be a tough battle between two women demonstrating ever-improving technique.
The event will stream live.
Invicta FC 3 Main Card
Jessica Penne (9 - 1 - 0) vs Naho Sugiyama (8 - 0 - 0)
Shayna Baszler (14 - 7 - 0) vs Sarah D'Alelio (6 - 2 - 0)
Sarah Kaufman (15 - 2 - 0) vs Kaitlin Young (7 - 6 - 1)
Barb Honchak (6 - 2 - 0) vs Aisling Daly (13 - 3 - 0)
Tara LaRosa (21 - 2 - 0) vs Vanessa Porto (14 - 5 - 0)
Invicta FC 3 Preliminary Fights
Leslie Smith (3 - 2 - 1) vs Cat Zingano (6 - 0 - 0): new fighter to be announced
Michelle Waterson (9 - 3 - 0) vs Lacey Schuckman (7 - 5 - 0)
Julia Budd (3 - 2 - 0) vs Elaina Maxwell (7 - 4 - 0)
Carla Esparza (7 - 2 - 0) vs Lynn Alvarez (5 - 2 - 0)
Ashley Cummins (3 - 0 - 0) vs Joanne Calderwood (3 - 0 - 0)
Amy Davis (3 - 3 - 0) vs Stephanie Frausto (3 - 4 - 0)
Jessamyn Duke (1 - 0 - 0) vs Marciea Allen (1 - 0 - 0)
Tecia Torres (0 - 0 - 0) vs Kaiyana Rain (0 - 0 - 0)
Source: Sherdog, InvictaFC.com, Twitter, Facebook
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Cheryl Ragsdale started out boxing and has added kicks and BJJ so she can practice MMA. Currently, she trains with Keith Florian and has trained with UFC Fighter Kenny Florian at Florian Martial Arts - follow @thatgirlisfunny
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