Invicta FC starts the year addressing the issue of the featherweight title as Megan Anderson faces Charmaine Tweet for the interim featherweight belt. Invicta FC 21 takes place January 14th at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, MO with a webcast at UFC Fight Pass.
The headline event was announced shortly after Invicta FC 21 in November as a non-title fight as nobody knew what current champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino would do. Justino won the belt in July 2013 and defended it three times, the most recent being against Daria Ibragimova in January 2016. Justino went on to fight twice in the UFC at a catchweight of 140 but has stated she wanted to defend the Invicta belt. In December the UFC announced the formation of a women’s featherweight division but specifically stated “with or without Cyborg” basically cracking open the door with Invicta of course looked at as the source of the majority of the UFC’s female athletes. This was further complicated when Cybrog was notified of a potential USADA anti-doping violation raising questions on when she would be able to fight and if it would be in the UFC. With the Anderson/Tweet fight already set it was only logical to officially make this an interim title fight and deal with the complications of Justino later.
Megan Anderson enters this bout 7-2, 1-3 in Invicta. After being submitted by Cindy Dandois in September 2015 Anderson joined Glory MMA and Fitness, home of UFC Fighter James Krause. Anderson’s next three fights were impressive wins with TKOs of Amber Leibrock and Amanda Bell then most recently a KO of Peggy Morgan. 9-5 Charmaine Tweet is 2-2 in Invicta. Tweet fought Cyborg for the belt in February 2015 losing by TKO in just 0:46 but went on to defeat Anna Barone and Jessica Miele in Prestige FC before returning to Invicta for a TKO of Latoya Walker last May.
In the co-main event Pannie Kianzad returns following the first loss of her career as she faces Raquel Paaluhi. Kianzad stands 7-1, 1-1 in Invicta with her promotional debut being a unanimous decision over Jessy Clark, her follow-up fight being a loss to current champion Tonya Evinger for the bantamweight title in September. 3-3 Paaluhi is 1-1 in Invicta with a win over Kaitlin Young in November 2014 and a loss to Colleen Schneider in January 2016.
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