Invicta FC Announces Phoenix Series 2, Featuring Single Night Flyweight Tournament

DeAnna Bennett and Miranda Maverick
DeAnna Bennett and Miranda Maverick Credit: Dave Mandel, Invicta FC

Invicta FC is going back into the single-night tournament realm, as Phoenix Series 2 will see eight flyweights go at it across three fights in a night.

Invicta FC has announced it’s next single-night tournament. Following the success of Phoenix Rising Series 1 in May, which featured the strawweight division, Phoenix Series 2 will see flyweights throw down, with three fights in a night for those who make it to the final. As with the first Phoenix Rising event, the bouts will total five rounds between them, with quarterfinal and semifinal fights being one round each.

In a press release Monday, Invicta FC revealed the participants for the latest tournament. Those include DeAnna Bennett (10-5-1), an Ultimate Fighter alum, UFC veteran and former Invicta FC title challenger (at strawweight). Bennett most recently made it to the final of the Invicta FC’s flyweight tournament, where she lost to Karina Rodriguez.

Former UFC fighter Milana Dudieva (12-8) is also in the mix, as is Dana White’s Contender Series alum Marilia Santos (10-3). Maiju Suotama (8-4) is in the field as well. For those not familiar with Suotama, she fought Miesha Tate back on the Strikeforce Challengers series, and also competed against Aisling Daly early in her career. After a six year break from the sport starting in 2011, she returned in 2017, and is 2-1 since.

Brazil’s Daiana Torquato (9-3) will enter Phoeniz Rising on a seven fight win streak. The field is rounded out by a trio of Invicta FC regulars: Cheri Muraski (6-2), Liz Tracy (5-3), and Miranda Maverick (5-2), who at 22-years old remains a hot prospect in the division.

A pair of non-tournament bouts were also announced for the card Monday. Those are Alexa Conners (5-3) vs. Mariya Agapova (6-1), and Josee Storts (1-0) vs. Helen Lucero (0-0).

Invicta FC Phoenix Rising 2 takes place September 6 at the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. The event will air live on UFC Fight Pass.