Invicta Fighting Championship returns to Las Vegas for Invicta FC 16. On March 11, there will be two titles on the line, newly crowned atomweight champion, Ayaka Hamasaki (12-1), defends her title for the first time against red-hot challenger Amber Brown (6-1). On a three-fight winning streak, Japan’s Hamasaki captured gold last July with a decision win over Herica Tiburcio at Invicta FC 13. Brown has won three of her last four fights by submission, the most recent coming via guillotine choke against Shino VanHoose at Invicta FC 15 in January.
The co-headlining title match will be for the interim flyweight championship. Brazilians, Vanessa Porto (18-6) and Jennifer Maia (12-4-1), are both coming into the match on a three-fight winning streak.
UPDATED 3-2-16: Due to injuries sustained during training, strawweight contender Alexa Grasso and bantamweight newcomer Amberlynn Orr have been forced to withdraw from their respective bouts in Las Vegas on March 11. As a result, UFC veteran Angela Hill (3-2), coming off her impressive Invicta FC debut, a first-round knockout in January, will step in to face former title challenger Stephanie Eggink (4-2) at strawweight. Prospect Aspen Ladd (2-0), replacing Orr, moves up from flyweight to take on fellow unbeaten fighter Kelly McGill (2-0) at bantamweight.
The complete fight card for Invicta FC 16 can be found below:
105 Title: Ayaka Hamasaki (12-1) vs. Amber Brown (6-1)
Interim 125 Title: Vanessa Porto (18-6) vs. Jennifer Maia (12-4-1)
115: Stephanie Eggink (4-2) vs. Angela Hill (3-2)
135: Irene Aldana (5-2) vs. Jessamyn Duke (3-3)
125: Roxanne Modafferi (18-12) vs. DeAnna Bennett (8-1)
105: Herica Tiburcio (9-2) vs. Jinh Yu Frey (4-1)
125: Sarah D’Alelio (8-6) vs. Andrea Lee (4-1)
135: Kelly McGill (2-0) vs. Aspen Ladd (2-0)
115: Ashley Greenway (0-0) vs. Sarah Click (0-0)
Invicta FC 16 will stream live and exclusively via UFC Fight Pass March 11, at 8:30 p.m. EST / 5:30 p.m. PST.