When Cristiane Justino announced, just last month, that she would no longer be moving down to 135lbs, this seemed to signal the end of any conversation about an eventual move to the UFC. Turns out that Rousey vs. Cyborg may still have a future, as Lorenzo Fertitta recently revealed that the UFC has re-opened negotiations with the Invicta featherweight champion. In the meantime, however, Justino is staying busy and has her first defense of her Invicta title booked. The challenger? Charmaine Tweet, off her first round KO of Veronica Rothenhausler back in September. Invicta announced the booking, as well as the rest of their fight card matchups for their 11th event, expected to take place on February 27th in Los Angeles, California.
The entire card is expected to be broadcast live, via Fight Pass from the Shrine Auditorium. Here's a look at the card:
Outside of the championship bout, the card also features the return of Invicta standouts Alexa Grasso, Mizuki Inoue, DeAnna Bennett, and Irene Aldana. Grasso comes into her bout with Inoue off a first round KO of Alida Gray, back at Invicta FC 10, which also saw DeAnna Bennet pick up a win over Jennifer Maia. Irene Aldana was supposed to face Marion Reneau on that card, but was forced out of the bout due to sever bronchitis. Reneau went on to fight at UFC 182, where she defeated Alexis Dufresne.
This card will also mark the Invicta debuts of Kristi Lopez, Aspen Ladd, Christine Stanley (of spinning hook kick fame), Emily Corso, Brianna Van Buren, Amy Montenegro, and Melanie LaCroix. So, expect to see a lot of new faces in the cage alongside the more familiar ones at the top of the card.