After what seems like an eternity, MMA is back in full swing this week, with Invicta FC 45 kicking things off on Wednesday night.
Weigh-ins for the event took place Tuesday in Kansas City, and two fighters from the six-fight card missed the mark. Fighting in the evening’s co-main event, Shamir Peshewa came in heavy for a 150lb catchweight, hitting the scales at 153.4lbs. Peshewa stepped into the fight on short notice, replacing featherweight Courtney King against Ramona Pascual.
The second fighter to miss the mark for Wednesday’s card was Maria Favela, who was 2.4lbs over the bantamweight limit for her fight with Sarah Kleczka.
The main event atomweight fight, however, is official, with both fighters making championship weight. Champ Alesha Zappitella will be defending her title for the second time against Jessica Delboni atop Invicta FC 45. The pair first met last May, with Zappitella winning a split decision.
While the champion has not fought since, Delboni would win Invicta’s one-night Phoenix Series atomweight tournament in June, earning herself the rematch with Zappitella in the process.
Full results and a gallery of highlights from the Invicta FC 45 weigh-in can be found below.
Atomweight: Alesha Zappitella (104.8) vs. Jéssica Delboni (103.8) – for the Invicta FC atomweight championship
Catchweight (150 pounds): Ramona Pascual (150) vs. Shamir Peshewa (153.4)*
Bantamweight: Monica Franco (135.4) vs. Hailey Cowan (135.4)
Flyweight: Helen Peralta (125.4) vs. Elise Pone (124.8)
Atomweight: Katie Saull (105.9) vs. Tamika Jones (105.3)
Bantamweight: Maria Favela (138.4)** vs. Sarah Kleczka (135)
* – Peshewa missed weight for the 150-pound catchweight and was fined 25 percent of her fight purse
** – Favela missed the bantamweight limit of 136 pounds and was fined 25 percent of her fight purse