When Invicta Fighting Championships opens its doors to the public on Saturday, April 28, it will be a near-yearlong culmination of efforts and co-inciding events leading the sport to the dawning of a new era in Women’s MMA. As the hours and seconds tick down the opening round of the first fight, here is a look at some of the more intriguing stats, facts, and figures leading into the inaugural Invicta FC event.
0 – The number of professional fights on the record of Beijing Olympic medalist Randi Miller, who makes her pro debut against Mollie Estes. Miller was supposed to face current Strikeforce featherweight Hiroko Yamanaka in 2010, but withdrew after she did not feel ready to make her pro debut.
1 – Losses on Jessica Penne‘s record heading into her co-main event with Lisa Ellis. Penne’s only career loss was at Bellator 25 to Zoila Gurgel via decision. This fight will be Ellis’ return to Strawweight after losses to Megumi Fujii and Jessica Aguilar. Her last fight at Strawweight was a 2009 rematch against Miku Matsumoto.
2 – The number of Strikeforce fighters “on loan” for this event. Liz Carmouche and Sarah D’Alelio are participating in the event whilst still contracted to Zuffa. Lisa Ellis-Ward appears as an active member of Bellator‘s roster.
3 – Number of 200+ day absences from the cage Marloes Coenen has had coming into her main event against Romy Ruyssen in the last three years. She has not fought since July 2011, a 274 day absence coming into Invicta FC 1. Previously, she did not fight for 288 days after a loss to Cindy “Battlecat” Dandois in 2009 and 253 days after a loss to Cristiane Santos in 2010.
4 – Consecutive victories by Ruyssen coming into the night’s main event against Coenen. They fought previously in 2008 when Coenen beat her for her only professional loss. Since then Ruyssen is undefeated with all of her victories coming by way of first round submission.
5 – The number of weight classes Invicta will promote fights in. Coincidentally, the number of undefeated fighters appearing on the card as well (including the debuting Miller.)
6 – The number of TKO victories in Kaitlyn Young‘s career, highest of any fighter on the card. Every victory of Young’s has come by Knockout or TKO, including an early career head kick victory over Miesha Tate.
7 – The highest number of victories of anybody on the prelim card, held by Nicdali “The Night Queen” Calanoc. Calanoc will take on Amy “L’il Dynamite” Davis, who has fought only five times in a five-year pro career.
8 – Most first round submission victories, held by Lisa Ellis-Ward. Ellis-Ward’s spread of unusual submissions include a Kimura, a Toe Hold, and a rarely seen Scarf Hold victory over Japanese sensation Miku Matsumoto.
9 – Professional wins by Sally “Slick” Krumdiack. The Bellingham, Washington native has the most wins of any fighter on the card besides Coenen (19), holds belts at 125 pounds in two different organizations, and has fought at numerous weight classes. She will be fighting at Flyweight against Sarah Schneider.
10 – Straight Victories in the young career of Ashley “Smashley” Cummins. With eight amateur victories and two professional victories, Cummins wages her undefeated record against hard hitting Sofia Bagherdai.
11 – The combined number of wins compiled by Penne, Ellis-Ward, Krumdiack, Bagherdai and Schneider in the short-lived FFF (Fatal Femmes Fighting) all-women’s promotion in comparison to just one loss. The single stumble was Bagherdai’s submission loss to Carina Damm at FFF 4.
12 – The number of fighters on the Invicta card that hadn’t even fought a single pro fight when FFF held its fourth and final card on April 3, 2008.
13 – The number of weeks after giving birth that Jessica Philippus was set to fight. Having to cut nearly 40 pounds to make her target fight weight of 105, Phillipus requested a compromise to fight at 115, and after her opponent declined she bowed out of the event. Philippus now looks to make her debut in the summer at Invicta’s next card.
14 – The number of submission victories Coenen enters Invicta with, i.e. the most of any fighter on the card. Ellis-Ward is second with ten.
16 – Fighters on the card with less than ten professional fights. Of this number, twelve have five or less. When we spoke to Shannon Knapp back in March, she discussed the fact that one of the mission statements for Invicta were to provide an outlet for female fighters to get proper fights and fights at their weight classes. A promotion like Invicta will only help to bolster these fight numbers, and these opportunities veteran, and up and coming fighters.
38 – The age of the card’s eldest competitor, last minute fill-in Vanessa Mariscal. Mariscal is 2-0 and is co-owner of the VMAT Gym in El Segundo, California alongside Vladimir Matyushenko.
100 – The first Invicta card is 100% free, and available to stream on InvictaFC.com. The event starts at 7 PM Local Time (5 PM Pacific, 8 PM Eastern) on April 28, eminating from the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS. Mauro Ranallo, “King Mo” Lawal and Julie Kedzie will be calling the action cageside, and will be joined by a proverbial who’s who of mid-west and women’s MMA including Miesha “Takedown” Tate and Zoila Gurgel.