Invicta FC Announces One-Night Tournaments for All Divisions

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Virna Jandiroba vs Janaisa Morandin Credit: Dave Mandel/Invicta FC

Invicta FC is embracing the tournaments that many other promotions have, but theirs will take place on one night each.

During UFC 235, Invicta FC officially announced the Phoenix Rising Series. Each of their five divisions will take part in eight-woman one-night tournaments in the coming months. The first division up will be strawweight, where Virna Jandiroba is currently the champion. There is no information on whether the champion will be a part of the tournament, or if the tournament winner will get a title shot. What is known, though, is that the tournament winner will get a “big cash prize” according to the promotion’s president Shannon Knapp.

May 3 is the date of the first tournament, and like every Invicta event, will stream live on UFC Fight Pass. There are currently 32 fighters in their strawweight division, so it is now up to speculation to who is in and who is out.

The one-night tournament is a staple in old-time MMA, and it has been recently called back by Combate Americas, which has held multiple one-night tournaments recently.

Again, plenty of logistics are unknown as far as how long the fights will be (two-rounds vs. three), and the involvement of the champion.