Invicta FC lands content deal with UFC Fight Pass digital streaming network

Esther Lin

The first live event is expected to air late-summer.

Say goodbye to those choppy live feeds and broken streams.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has come to terms with Invicta Fighting Championships, the industry's only all-female mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, for a new content distribution deal that will see all future events aired on the Fight Pass digital network.

Which means we'll finally get to see Cris Cyborg under the ZUFFA umbrella, in a weird, roundabout sorta way.

"This is a great day for my company," said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp. "Since the start of Invicta, I've been committed to providing the biggest and best possible platform for women athletes and, with this distribution deal with UFC Fight Pass, Invicta will reach the most passionate MMA fans, wherever they are in the world."

The multi-year deal also includes archived footage of previous events.

Invicta was looted for its strawweight talent last December in an effort to help UFC fill the roster for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 20, which begins filming later this year. The 125-pounders will join the already-existing women's bantamweight division, which also houses its share of Invicta veterans.

"UFC Fight Pass already has subscribers in over 155 countries, which is a huge platform the Invicta athletes," said chief content officer Marshall Zelaznik. "Invicta fighters are now sharing the same stage as elite UFC fighters like Alexander Gustafsson, Conor McGregor, Cung Le and Michael Bisping. For any UFC fans that haven't seen these women compete before, I guarantee they will be blown away when they see what Invicta is all about."

Invicta will likely serve as a proving ground for up-and-coming female fighters, something that is sorely needed in combat sports. In addition, fight fans who suffered throught previous Invicta FC pay-per-view (PPV) events -- marred by constant outages -- can now enjoy a smooth as silk stream.

Welcome to the future!

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