Following a three-fight win streak, Alexa Conners is back in the premiere women’s promotion, fighting at Invicta FC 25 this Thursday.
Invicta FC 25 takes place this Thursday, August 31, from Tachi Palace in Lemoore, California. It is often said that Invicta is probably the best thing that UFC Fight Pass has going for it, and one of the main reasons people should dish out the ten bucks a month for the subscription service.
The all-women promotion has hosted four events this year, all of which were held at their unofficial home, the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri. This Thursday will mark the first time the promotion has taken the show on the road this year, setting up shop in California.
Cageside Press recently caught up with one of Invicta’s brightest young stars Alexa Conners. The 26-year-old spoke candidly about being back in Invicta, her upcoming bout, the recent events in Charlottesville, and more.
Conners’ first two professional fights were under the Invicta FC banner, splitting the two bouts. Conners then went on a three-fight win streak outside of the women’s premier MMA organization.
Is Conners happy to be fighting for Invicta again? “I’m thrilled, I love Invicta. Shannon (Knapp), Kaitlyn (Young), and Julie (Kedzie) are always awesome to fight for, they take care of the fighters. I really like being around them.”
Conners’ opponent on Thursday night is Katharina Lehner. Lehner is a bit of a wild card being that she has never competed in the states before. But what does the Invicta veteran know about Germany’s pound-for-pound top-ranked women’s fighter?
“Honestly not a whole lot because her last fight was a year or so, I saw some of it on YouTube”, Conners said regarding Lehner. “Fighters change though, I know my style has changed so much in the last year, so I really don’t know a whole lot about her.”
Conners is a true mixed martial artist, and she is always looking for ways to improve her craft. “Recently I’ve been adding more of a karate style to my game. It’s always good to mix things up, I went down to ATT (American Top Team) for two weeks and worked with some different training partners.”
She can’t wait to show off some of the techniques she has been working on. “I want to land a takedown, and show off some of my jiu-jitsu”, said Conners. “I’m going to show everyone I’m not just a striker.”
Born in Winchester, Virginia, and fighting out of Columbia, South Carolina, Conners takes immense pride in her stomping grounds. Cageside Press wanted to know what her thoughts were on the recent events in Charlottesville.
“It’s ridiculous,” scoffed Conners. “It’s disgusting that people are still like that.”
On the other hand, it can be argued that the current state of women’s MMA has never been better. There have been many women who have paved the way for the likes of Conners, but one stood out to her in particular.
“Gina Carano,” Conners said with no hesitation. “I looked up to her, she was my hero, and still is actually.”
There is no doubt that Alexa Conners is well on the way to inspiring an entire new generation of women fighters. She looks to take one more step in the right direction on Thursday night at Invicta FC 25.
Invicta FC 25 from Tachi Palace can be seen live only on UFC Fight Pass at 9 p.m. EST.