Invicta FC Announces Full Fight Card For AXS TV Debut

Jessica Delboni Invicta FC
Jessica Delboni Credit: Dave Mandel/Invicta FC

Invicta FC is back for the first time in 2021 on a new home and brings two title fights.

Invicta on AXS TV debuts next Friday, May 21. The promotion announced the full fight card this past week, and it is a good one.

Atomweight champion Alesha Zappitella (8-2) will defend her title for the first time against Jéssica Delboni (10-2) in the co-main event. Zappitella is riding a three-fight win streak which includes her title win last September against Ashley Cummins. Delboni has fought in Invicta three times. The Brazilian won her last fight against Herica Tiburcio on the same fight card that Zappitella won.

In the main event, the vacant flyweight title will be up for grabs as former champion Vanessa Porto relinquished it when she signed with Bellator. The six-fight Invicta veteran, Karina Rodriguez (8-4), will fight for the title for the first time. The Mexican fighter hasn’t been in action since 2019 when she lost to Porto in the co-main event Invicta FC 38, but before that, she defeated DeAnna Bennett and Milana Dudieva. Daiana Torquato (10-3) is coming off a split decision win over ex-UFC fighter Sarah Frota. The Brazilan fighter has only fought in Invicta twice in the promotion’s one-night tournament at Phoenix Series 2. The two fights count as exhibition bouts.

The rest of the card is the following:

  • Karina Rodríguez vs.Daiana Torquato – for the vacant flyweight title
  • Alesha Zappitella (c) vs. Jessica Delboni – for the atomweight title
  • Juliana Miller vs. Claire Guthrie
  • Josee Storts vs. Maria Favela
  • Fatima Kline vs. Ariana Melendez
  • Elise Pone vs. Chrissy Yandolli

Emily Ducote vs. Liz Tracy and Taneisha Tennant vs. Hope Chase were removed from the card.

Invicta FC On AXS TV takes place in Kansas City, Kansas, on May 21. Main Card starts at 8 pm EST, and the Prelims start at 7 pm EST. The entire card will stream worldwide on Invicta’s YouTube and Facebook pages. The card will also air on AXS TV in the U.S. and The Fight Network in Canada.