Invicta FC has been gaining momentum in the women's MMA sector. With two successful events in the books, the young promotion is gaining steam and turning into a juggernaut. Invicta president, Shannon Knapp, has worked with several organizations in the past, and has demonstrated a keen business sense with her own shows. Now, we have one more reason, actually two more reasons, to watch their third outing in Kansas City. Sarah Kaufman and Kaitlin Young. That's right, the former Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion, most recently seen challenging Ronda Rousey for her belt, will be fighting Kaitlin Young on October 6th. I was able to catch up with Shannon to get the official word from her on the latest addition to an already stellar card.
We're excited and delighted. This is an amazing fight. Sarah is a wonderful athlete, and this will be a great match-up, stylistically.Nothing but fireworks. I'm really pumped about this, and I have been for a week, now. I've been like a kid waiting for Christmas, just waiting to announce it.
Sarah is still with Strikeforce. We're just borrowing her for this event. The fight will be slid in to the card so that it airs on the main card, right before the Shayna Baszler vs. Sarah D'alelio fight.
With constant speculation about the direction Invicta will be taking for 2013, especially with rumors flying around about the various television entities (Showtime, Spike TV, Fuel TV are the names I've seen mentioned) looking to strike a deal with Knapp, I felt obligated to touch base with her on any new developments. Here's what she had to say:
I don't even know how this stuff gets out [laughs]. All I can say is that we're having some dialogue with a few people. I really can't go into any more detail than that. In 2013, we're going to be somewhere, for sure. Until we land with someone, we will continue streaming, for free.
Knapp says she'll be maintaining control of the company, even if she signs a TV deal, so for those worried that the product will change, relax yourselves. With Shannon at the helm, I think Invicta FC will continue on it's path towards success.
You can follow Shannon via her Twitter account, @ShanKnapp