Former Strikeforce Champ, UFC Vet Sarah Kaufman Rejoins Invicta FC

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Welcome back to Invicta, Sarah Kaufman!

Invicta FC just got a big boost to their roster. According to a report from MMA Fighting, former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman has signed on with the all-female MMA outfit. Kaufman, also a veteran of the UFC, appeared at Invicta FC 5 in 2013. There, she defeated Leslie Smith prior to moving on to the UFC.

Per the MMA Fighting report, Kaufman will headline the promotion’s January 13 card in Kansas City. Invicta FC 26, going down this Friday, is also taking place in the city, at the promotion’s home base at the Scottish Rite Temple.

Canada’s Kaufman, who turned pro in 2006, captured the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight championship in 2010. She defended it successfully against Roxanne Modafferi before losing the title to Marloes Coenen. Not deterred, Kaufman would win three straight, working her way back to another title shot — this time against the new Strikeforce bantamweight champ, Ronda Rousey.

After losing to Rousey, Kaufman made her brief stopover in Invicta, then joined the UFC, where she went 1-2 (1NC). Following a split decision loss to future title challenger Valentina Shevchenko at UFC on FOC 17, Kaufman was not re-signed by the promotion. Still, she remained a top free agent, and after missing all of 2016, took a fight with Battlefield FC, which she won back in March.

Coincidentally, her opponent at Battlefield FC: Korea was Jessica-Rose Clark, who recently joined the UFC’s ranks.

Now, it’s back to Invicta, which should be a better fit for Kaufman. She remains a threat to anyone in the bantamweight or flyweight division, should she opt to move down in weight.

No opponent has been named as of yet for Sarah Kaufman’s return to Invicta FC.