Invicta is still breathing with the signing of 15 new fighters. I never really had any doubts Invicta was close to folding, and I think this news proves they have life in them. I covered 7 of the signed fighters here, and will cover the rest below
3 more Strawweights
Joanna Jedrzejczyk, 26, 5 ft 6
The biggest signing would have to be Joanna Jedrzejczyk (who I still cannot spell without google). I have her as the #10 Flyweight, but it seems she will be dropping to 115. The impact of the UFC is clearly influencing many girls to move up and down. Joanna is an all-around talent. She can kickbox and solid, solid grappling. She's definitely someone who should be making their way up the strawweight ranks fairly quickly, especially if the cut doesn't hamper her game. Great signing.
Upside: Top 5 strawweight
Check out this highlight from SIX years ago, very nice technique... should have a strong advantage over most on the feet
Mellony Geugjes, 21, 5ft 4
Geugjes has only had one MMA fight, a first-round armbar loss. She seems to be a striker, but is very aggressive and often finding herself locked in a clinch. Not good if she wants to keep the fight on the feet in MMA. It's becoming commonplace to hear/read "what SHE'S a fighter!?" and Geugjes is no different.
Geugjes, who will likely have the nickname "Gorgeous Geugjies" soon, getting her supermodel on
Delaney Owen, 21, 5 ft 1
Made her pro debut against a very tough opponent in Sarah Alpar. On paper, Alpar should have taken the win, but Owen battled hard and once she got a hold of Alpar in round 3, she wasn't letting go of her. She showed an urgency I love, securing the rear naked choke finish moments after. She has an extensive amateur background going 7-2. She went 3-1 to finish her amateur career, losing to a very good prospect in Hannah Cifers before making the aforementioned successful pro debut. Delaney Owen looks to be a tough out for anyone and I'd put her in a Ashley Cummins, Emily Kagan kind of upside if I must.
Rachael Ostovich, 23 on Feb 25, 5 ft 3
Undersized for flyweight. She's small for her division. She has excellent offense and instincts, but I think a drop to strawweight would help a lot. She clearly has skill and technique. Nice chaining of striking to takedowns. She seems to get reversed, which could indicate she's fighting stronger girls. Man, I don't know if it's just a coincidence, but I'm noticing a lot of girls that might have an appeal outside of what they do in the cage. Also interesting, she trains out of "Jesus is Lord Gym" in Hawaii. "A typical training week is Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30-9:30 PM. Our regimen includes 1/2 hour of bible study and prayer before working out and we close in prayer after the 2 1/2 hour physical training." Maybe, they could get Vitor and Diego in for a few sessions?
Fighting style: A bit similar to Julianna Pena
Before cutting to 125... 115 too much?
Ostovich, a former gymnast
TUF Castoffs and girl who beat Coenen and trains with Miesha
- Modafferi, 31, should drop to flyweight. Really no point of her being in bantamweight. She fought Letourneau to get in the house, but if she fought anyone else, I'm not sure she would have made it. Fan favorite, but not too excited fight-wise.
- Morgan, 34, has some strong ground and pound and I would not have minded her getting another crack in the UFC at all.
- Cindy Dandois, 29, is probably known for two things. One she is one of the few losses on WMMA legend Marloes Coenen's record. And two she fought (and I'm praying this is the case) unknowingly 2 months pregnant, where she won against Jorina Baars, who is 25-0-3 in Muay Thai and scheduled to take on Cris Cyborg at LION FIGHT 14. Serious stuff could have went down, but now she's back, hopefully no longer fighting with another life inside of her. She's been helping Miesha Tate out, and is a ground specialist.
- Letourneau, 30, is mostly known as the female at Tristar gym (now at American Top Team) and getting tapped out by Modafferi on TUF. Seeing how she took Claudia Gadelha and Alexis Davis (2007) to decisions, I was a quite surprised how poorly she did against Modaferri. There is very little footage of Letourneau, but she seems to be a slow starting Muay Thai specialist. She did drop Sarah Kaufman with a headkick (you can see the headkick below) before losing via TKO in the next round a looong time ago. It's crazy that the Kaufman in that fight (2007) is very similar to the Kaufman we know today. Letorneau has either fought no-names or elite competition, interesting how she does against more middling, but still experienced flyweights. I find her fight IQ isn't the greatest.