Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama Announced as First Title Fight for Oct. 6

Nick Caron@@nicholascaronAnalyst IAugust 15, 2012

Photo: Jessica Penne (credit: Esther Lin for Invicta FC)
Photo: Jessica Penne (credit: Esther Lin for Invicta FC)

Following their wildly successful second event in late July, the all-women’s MMA promotion Invicta FC will be back again in mere months for Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama, currently set for Saturday, Oct. 6.

The event, which will take place in Kansas City, KA, will feature American phenom Jessica Penne (9-1) as she battles the undefeated Japanese warrior Naho “Sugi Rock” Sugiyama (8-0) in the very first Invicta Fighting Championship title fight in the atomweight (105-pound) division.

The 29-year-old Penne, who co-main evented by knocking out Lisa Ellis-Ward at Invicta FC’s inaugural card on April 28, will attempt to make it two in a row in Invicta against Sugiyama.

Sugiyama, a 34-year-old current champion from the Japanese all-women’s promotion JEWELS, will make her debut in the United States following a successful defense against Yasuko Tamada in late May.

Fresh off delivering an electric challenge to Sara McMann, Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt Shayna Baszler will step back in the cage in the 135-pound co-main event to take on Invicta FC 2 winner Sarah D’Alelio.

In addition to the highly-anticipated main events, Invicta FC announced that the full fight card will include 13 professional bouts. Other fights on the card include:

Barn Honchak vs. Aisling Daly
Tara LaRosa vs. Vanessa Porto
Leslie Smith vs. Cat Zingano
Michelle Waterson vs. Lacey Shuckman
Julia Budd vs. Elaina Maxwell

The six-fight preliminary card will be headlined by Carla Esparza vs. Lynn Alvarez, and will include:

Ashley Cummins vs. Joanne Calderwood
Amy Davis vs. Stephanie Frausto
Jessamyn Duke vs. Marciea Allen
Tecia Torres vs. Kaiyana Rain
Katalina Malungahu vs. Taylor Stratford

The ticket sale date for the much-anticipated Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama event, featuring 13 professional bouts, will be announced soon.