Below and attached, please find a press release concerning today’s Invicta Fighting
Championships weigh-in. Also attached are weigh-in images as well as the final bout
sheet with official weights listed.
Witz End Communications, Inc.
Photo Credit: Esther Lin / Invicta Fighting Championships
001_Sarah_D’Alelio_and_Vanessa_Mariscal – Grappling specialist Sarah D’Alelio (left)
will face off with unbeaten Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Vanessa Mariscal in a
bantamweight (135 pounds) matchup at the first-ever Invicta Fighting Championships
all-women’s MMA event, live on InvictaFC.com, from Memorial Hall in Kansas City,
Kan. on Saturday.
002_Kaitlin_Young_and_Leslie_Smith – Twenty-four year-old MMA and Muay Thai
competitor Kaitlin Young (left) weighed in at 135.4 pounds while her opponent, power
puncher Leslie Smith (right), weighed in at an even 135 pounds for the pair’s
003_Liz_Carmouche_and_Ashleigh_Curry – U.S. Marine Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche (left)
collides with unbeaten Kansas City prospect Ashleigh Curry (right) in another
featured bantamweight battle.
004_Jessica_Penne_and_Lisa_Ellis – Fast-rising star Jessica Penne (left) faces off
with submission fellow specialist Lisa Ellis-Ward (right) in the atomweight (105
pounds) co-main event.
005_Marloes_Coenen_vs_Romy_Ruyssen – Superstar and former Strikeforce champion
Marloes Coenen (left) engages 22-year-old armbar wizard Romy Ruyssen (right) in a
tense staredown one day before their main event rematch at the inaugural Invicta
Fighting Championships event. Coenen was the victory of their first meeting in Aug.
2008 by way of second round submission (rear-naked choke).
006_Marloes_Coenen_vs_Romy_Ruyssen – Coenen (left) and Ruyssen (right) continued to
eye each other even after they faced off.
ALL 11 BOUTS FOR
INAUGURAL INVICTA FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS
WOMEN’S MMA EVENT MADE OFFICIAL
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (April 27, 2012) – All 11 bouts, including the featherweight (145
pounds) main event rematch between superstar Marloes Coenen (19-5) of The
Netherlands and 22-year-old armbar wizard Romy Ruyssen (5-1) of France, were made
official at today’s weigh-in at Hotel Phillips for the inaugural Invicta Fighting
Championships all-women’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event tomorrow/Saturday, April 28
at Memorial Hall, live on InvictaFC.com.
Coenen weighed in at 146 pounds and Ruyssen originally weighed in at 150.4 pounds,
but cut to 149.8 pounds over the course of the next two hours to reduce the weight
spread between the two headlining fighters to 3.8 pounds.
Kansas State Athletic Commission rules mandate that opponents, with the exception of
those in the featherweight division, must weigh within three pounds of each other in
order to compete the following day. Opponents in the featherweight division must
weigh within five pounds of each other.
Tickets for the inaugural Invicta Fighting Championships event, priced from $35, 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 live stream of the event on InvictaFC.com will begin at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST
with the five-bout preliminary card and continue with the six-bout main card. The
stream will be available free of charge.
In the co-main event, two 29-year-old submission specialists – Jessica Penne (8-1)
of Laguna Hills, Calif. and Lisa Ellis-Ward (14-7) of Lacey, Wash.- will square off
with one another at strawweight (105 pounds).
Strikeforce bantamweight star and United States Marine Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche
(5-2) of San Diego, Calif. will square off with unbeaten prospect Ashleigh Curry
(1-0) of Kansas City, Mo.
Leslie Smith (3-2) of Pleasant Hill, Calif. will meet Kaitlin Young (7-5) of St.
Louis Park, Minn. at bantamweight and Sally Krumdiack (9-4) of Bellingham, Wash.
will duke it out with Sarah Schneider (5-5) of Kansas City, Mo. at flyweight (115
In preliminary card action, 2008 Olympic wrestling bronze medalist Randi Miller
(0-0) of Denver, Colo. will make her highly-anticipated MMA debut against Mollie
Estes (1-0) Lake Lotawana, Mo.
About Invicta Fighting Championships:
Invicta Fighting Championships is a world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
fight series dedicated to providing female athletes with a major platform to hone
their skills on a consistent basis. Founded in 2012 by longtime MMA executive
Shannon Knapp and sports aficionado Janet Martin, Invicta is committed to pioneering
the future growth of women’s MMA by promoting the best possible matchups between
female competitors and identifying and developing future superstars of the sport.