After Nearly Seven Years, Invicta FC Parts Ways with UFC Fight Pass

Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp
Shannon Knapp Credit: Jeff Sherwood/

In June 2014, Invicta FC and UFC Fight Pass announced that the streaming service would be the exclusive home to view the all-female fighting promotion’s events. After nearly seven years, that will no longer be the case.

Invicta FC officials confirmed to Cageside Press that they have split with the UFC’s streaming platform, after an initial report by the Fight Bananas podcast. In regards to where the organization goes from here, “An announcement will be coming in the near future.”

No reason was given for the promotion’s exit from Fight Pass.

The departure marks the end of an era, during which Invicta events were a large part of the allure for Fight Pass, especially after the UFC’s own events transitioned to ESPN+ in the U.S. The promotion has become known as a feeder league for the UFC, with an impressive number of their fighters moving on to join the big show, including the likes of Amanda Nunes, Megan Anderson, Felicia Spencer, Yana Kunitskaya, Angela Hill, Carla Esparza, Tecia Torres, Rose Namajinas, and others.

Invicta FC was first founded in 2012, and has held 43 events to date. The most recent, on November 20, featured Kayla Harrison, on loan from the PFL, in the main event, after a pair of title fights dropped off the card due to COVID-19.

The promotion is led by President Shannon Knapp, who founded Invicta Fighting Championships alongside Janet Martin, an exec with Blackeye Promotions. Knapp had previously worked for Strikeforce and the UFC, among other organizations.