Featherweight gold will be on the line when Kaitlin Young faces Pam Sorenson at Invicta FC 36 next month.
Kaitlin Young’s comeback journey will be making a major stop at Invicta FC 36 next month. On Tuesday, the all-female fighting promotion announced via press release that Young will take on Pam Sorenson for Invicta’s vacant featherweight title at the event. It will be the second straight shot at gold for Sorenson, and the biggest fight for Young since emerging from retirement last year.
Young (10–9–1) originally stepped away from mixed martial arts in 2014 after losing four straight fights under the Invicta FC banner. A pro since 2007, Young featured in bouts against the likes of Gina Carano and Leslie Smith, and holds a win over multi-promotion champion Miesha Tate.
Since returning to action in 2018, the 33-year old has won three straight bouts between RIZIN FF and Invicta FC. She has two finishes in that span, including her most recent win, a third-round TKO over Faith McMah at Invicta FC 35.
Pam Sorenson (7-3) has battled for gold in Invicta FC before. In fact, her very last fight was for the title, against Felicia Spencer at Invicta FC 32. Spencer won the title, but soon jumped to the UFC, defeating another former Invicta featherweight champ, Megan Anderson, in May. That move left the 145lb title in Invicta up for grabs, and means Sorenson has a second chance at the strap.
Also announced for Invicta FC 36 on Tuesday, atomweight action sees Jessica Delboni (8-1) taking Lindsey VanZandt (6-1). VanZandt was just seen at Bellator 223 in New York, where she got the better of RIZIN’s Rena Kubota. UFC veteran Kailin Curran (6-7) will also be on the bill, against an opponent to be named later.
Flyweight action sees the undefeated Stephanie Geltmacher (4-0) take on Victoria “Fury” Leonardo (5-1). Back at atomweight, Alyse Anderson (4-1) will look to spoil Anastasia Nikolakakos’ (3-0) perfect record. And the record holder for fastest knockout in Invicta FC history, Chantel Coates (1-0), faces Caitlin Sammons (1-0) at 125lbs.
A threesome of fighters making their pro debuts round out the card. Erin Harpe (1-0) will welcome Auttumn Norton (0-0) to the professional ranks at bantamweight, while in another 135lb scrap, Megan “Killa” Cawley (0-0) and Julia Ottolino (0-0) throw down.
Invicta FC 36 takes place in Kansas City, Kansas on Friday, August 9. The event airs live on UFC Fight Pass.