It has been a whirlwind last few months for Invicta Fighting Championships as they close in on April 28, the date when they pull back the curtain and unveil their flagship event with the arguably the best assembly of female talent in the sport’s history.
Following a busy week in which Invicta President Shannon Knapp and business partner Janet Martin have announced one additional fight, the hiring of Natasha Wicks as a ring girl, and the announcement that the event will be streamed live and free on their website (InvictaFC.com – scheduled to launch April 1, the question still exists of who will be in the broadcast booth calling the action. In a recent interview with Fighters.com, the effervescent Knapp filled in the blank as far as who the first voice of Invicta will be.
“I haven’t yet announced this yet, but Mauro Ranallo will be our play-by-play commentator,” said Knapp. “I haven’t finished assembling the rest of the team, but the objective here is to continue to bring some familiarization to all of this.”
Ranallo, the seasoned broadcast veteran of countless MMA and professional wrestling cards, including some of MMA’s most memorable match-ups, brings with him more than a decade of experience calling events worldwide. His voice can be heard regularly on Canada’s MMA Show on the Score Networks, as well as for Strikeforce. His most recent brush with women’s MMA came at the March 3 Strikeforce event in Ohio where he called the animated clash between Sarah Kaufman and Alexis Davis in addition Ronda Rousey’s unforgettable title-win over Miesha Tate.
While Knapp says Invicta will have a formal announcement in the near future with the rest of the announce team, she made sure to mention some praise for Wicks.
“Natasha is an amazing person,” glowed Knapp of the former UFC ring-girl. “I’ve always liked her. She’s just that type of person the fans really like. I’ve brought her in on HDNet to do the Bazzie awards. I think she’s very athletic, she understands the sport and is interested in the equality for women, so I think she’s a perfect fit for us too.”
Make sure to check back in the coming weeks when Knapp discusses the inspiration for an all-female brand of Mixed Martial Arts, support for the brand to date, and the challenges of a new sports business in a tough market.
You can follow Knapp on Twitter at @ShanKnapp for more updates on Invicta FC as well as “Like” the organization on Facebook at their fan page by clicking here. Invicta FC 1 boasts a number of the top female fighters in MMA today including action from Marloes Coenen, Liz Carmouche, Jessica Penne, and more.