Invicta FC 43: Championship Doubleheader Set For November Event

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Pearl Gonzalez Credit: Dave Mandel/Invicta FC

Invicta FC has announced a big card for November, featuring two title fights between some of the most notable names on the roster.

The Invicta Flyweight and Strawweight belts have been vacated by their respective champions in the last few weeks. With Vanessa Porto signing with Bellator, and Kanako Murata signing with the UFC, two of Invicta’s premier divisions have no champions currently. However come November 20, that will no longer be the case, as both championships will be on the line at Invicta FC 43.

The headlining bout of the card will be for the flyweight championship, as UFC veteran Pearl Gonzalez takes on rising prospect Erin Blanchfield. Gonzalez has gone 4-2 since leaving the UFC, and has already challenged for the Invicta title once before, controversially losing to Porto following an eye poke. Gonzalez last fought in February, coming up short against Miranda Maverick. Blanchfield on the other hand is one of Invicta’s brightest prospects, having won her last three fights in dominant fashion.

The co-main event of the card also features a vacant title up for grabs, as former title challenger Emily Ducote takes on Monserrat Ruiz. Ducote, like Gonzalez, also challenged for an Invicta title before, coming up short to Kanako Murata last November in a close decision. She rebounded with a win over UFC veteran Juliana Lima in July. Mexico’s Monserrat Ruiz on the other hand was also last in action in July, picking up a submission win over former title challenger Janisa Morandin.

Like all previous Invicta events since March, the card will be held without fans or media in attendance. The entire card as well as their corner will be tested for COVID-19 leading up to the event. More fights for the card are expected to be announced over the coming weeks.

Invicta FC 43 will take place in Kansas City, Kansas on November 20. The card will air live exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.