KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Sept. 24, 2012) -Invicta Fighting Championships and India-based Super Fight League announced today that the two Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotions have formed a strategic alliance to develop women's MMA talent out of India.
The relationship is intended to support Invicta FC's goals of identifying the best women's fight talent around the globe and producing the best possible matchups between women's mixed martial artists while, at the same time, providing Super Fight League with a means of promoting MMA to a broader demographic in its homeland.
"We are excited about this opportunity to work with Super Fight League and tap into a new market that has yet to really be explored by the women's MMA world," said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp. "Super Fight League has done a great job of pioneering the sport of MMA in India and has helped demonstrate that there is fight talent everywhere on the planet. Even though women's MMA has made tremendous strides over the last few years as far as adding depth to its ranks, we have really just scratched the surface of what is out there. This relationship between Invicta FC and Super Fight League is an opportunity to expand our reach and discover exciting, new talent."
"Super Fight League is thrilled to form a cooperative relationship with an MMA promotion in The United States," said Super Fight League Chairman Raj Kundra. "Invicta FC has done some incredible things for women's MMA in such a short time and I am confident that working with their great organization is a step that will helpfurther the MMA movement in India that we initiated this year with our live event series."
In June, Invicta FC announced the formation of a similar strategic partnership with Japan-based women's MMA promotion JEWELS. The main card of the last Invicta FC event on July 28 featured two JEWELS champions - Ayaka Hamasaki and Hitomi "Girlfight Monster" Akano.
As of its next event on Saturday, Oct. 6, Invicta FC will have promoted matchups with fighters from seven other countries - Ireland, Scotland, Brazil, Canada, Sweden, Netherlands and France - in addition to The United States and Japan.
Tickets for Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, are on sale at Memorial Hall box office (913-549-4853), online at Ticketmaster.com and InvictaFC.com and by phone at (800-745-3000). The 13-bout professional card will be headlined by the promotion's first-ever world championship bout, an atomweight (105 pound) showdown between superstars Jessica Penne (9-1) of Laguna Hills, Calif. and undefeated Naho "Sugi Rock" Sugiyama (8-0) of Kyoto, Japan.