Invicta FC’s return to Pay-per-View goes down Friday, with a pair of title fights atop a card aptly named “A New Era.”
In the main event, former Bellator standout Emily Ducote will look to claim strawweight gold against Danielle Taylor. The fight marks the second shot at gold in Invicta for Ducote, who previously came up short against Kanako Murata. Murata later vacated the title.
Ducote faced Ilima-Lei Macfarlane in a flyweight fight for the inaugural 125lb championship in Bellator MMA back in 2016. For Taylor, Invicta FC 44 marked her first shot at gold with the promotion.
The co-main event of the card sees Lisa Verzosa up against Taneisha Tennant, with the vacant bantamweight title on the line. “Triple Threat” Tennant had won Invicta’s single-night Phoenix Series tournament in 2019. After that win, Tennant jumped to Dana White’s Contender Series, where she faced Danyelle Wolf in a featherweight fight, losing a unanimous decision. Friday’s event will mark her first fight back since that loss, the first of her career.
One fighter was heavy at the Invicta FC 44 weigh-ins on Thursday, as Liz Tracy came in 1.2lbs over the strawweight limit for her fight against Jodie Esquibel. Full weigh-in results can be found below.
Invicta FC 44: A New Era Weigh-In Results
Strawweight: Emily Ducote (114.4) vs. Danielle Taylor (114.6) – for the vacant Invicta FC strawweight championship
Bantamweight: Lisa Verzosa (134.6) vs. Taneisha Tennant (134.7) – for the vacant Invicta FC bantamweight championship
Flyweight: Brogan Sanchez (125.8) vs. Emilee King (124.6)
Strawweight: Jodie Esquibel (116) vs. Liz Tracy (117.2)*
Bantamweight: Serena DeJesus (136) vs. Lauren Mueller (135.8)
Flyweight: Caitlin Sammons (124.9) vs. Helen Peralta (125.2)
Atomweight: Katie Saull (105.7) vs. Marisa Messer-Belenchia (105.7)
Atomweight: Katie Perez (105.1) vs. Natalie Salcedo (105.9)
Featherweight: Kayla Yontef (145.5) vs. Carlene Chandler (145.8)
* – Tracy missed the strawweight limit of 116 pounds and was fined 25 percent of her fight purse