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Mizuki Inoue, Janaisa Morandin out of Invicta FC’s ‘Phoenix Rising’ one-night tournament

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Weight cutting issues have led to two fighters being pulled from Friday night’s Invicta FC “Phoenix Rising” strawweight tournament.

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Friday night’s “Phoenix Rising” series premiere for Invicta FC has been reshuffled.

The one-night, eight-woman strawweight tournament will now no longer include former title challenger Mizuki Inoue, often stylized as MIZUKI. She was scheduled to face Sharon Jacobson in the quarterfinals, but never even made it to the scale “due to complications with her weight cut.” So she’s been replaced by Amber Brown, who was originally a reserve but will now take on Jacobson and did make weight.

As for the other withdrawal, Janaisa Morandin missed weight outright for her matchup against Brianna Van Buren. That’s certainly not good for Morandin, who also once missed the atomweight limit by 6 lbs vs. Jinh Yu Frey, resulting in that fight’s cancellation. Now she’s missed at strawweight, and she’s out of this tournament before it can even start. Taking her place is India’s Manjit Kolekar.

Here are the full weigh-in results for Friday’s card, which streams live on UFC Fight Pass at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT. The winner of this tournament will take the vacant strawweight title, and quarterfinal winners will be drawn randomly in the semifinals.

Strawweight Co-Main Event: Kay Hansen (115.4) vs. Magdaléna Šormová (115.4)
Strawweight Tournament Reserve Bout: Alyssa Krahn (115.8) vs. Itzel Esquivel (115.7)

Strawweight Tournament Quarterfinal: Amber Brown (115.7) vs. Sharon Jacobson (115.7)
Strawweight Tournament Quarterfinal: Manjit Kolekar (115.7) vs. Brianna Van Buren (115.8)
Strawweight Tournament Quarterfinal: Danielle Taylor (115.7) vs. Juliana Lima (115.5)
Strawweight Tournament Quarterfinal: Kailin Curran (116) vs. Sunna Davíðsdóttir (115.9)