INVICTA FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS SENDS OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST SARA MCMANN TO STRIKEFORCE
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Sept.4, 2012) – One week after it announced the signing of
former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight (135 pounds) Champion Sarah Kaufman to
fight on its upcoming event on Saturday, Oct. 6, world championship women’s
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion Invicta Fighting Championships has announced
that it is sending 2004 Olympic Wrestling Silver Medalist Sara McMann to compete
“Since we established Invicta FC at the beginning of this year, our goal has
been to produce the best possible matchups between women mixed martial artists
and, to achieve this, we sometimes need to import talent like Sarah Kaufman from
elsewhere as well as to send talent like Sara McMann to a place like Strikeforce
where there is a healthy amount of championship level professional women’s MMA
competition just like there is on our roster,” said Invicta FC President Shannon
Knapp who, last week, sent another undefeated prospect, Cat Zingano, to fight
under the Strikeforce banner.
“I am saddened not to be fighting in the first Invicta FC bantamweight title
fight,” said McMann. “I am not sure how long my MMA career will last and, with
the time I have left in the sport, I need to take every opportunity that comes
my way to fight the best competition out there, so this move is part of a bigger
picture for me.
“Since Invicta FC and Strikeforce work closely together,” continued McMann, “I
hope I will have another opportunity to fight for Invicta FC. Shannon Knapp and
Janet Martin (Invicta FC Matchmaker) have treated the other fighters and me
better than any other promotion I have ever worked with and I am grateful to
them for helping me with this opportunity in Strikeforce.
“I think the exposure Sara received headlining the last Invicta FC card played a
major role in her landing the Strikeforce contract,” said McMann’s manager,
Monte Cox. “I appreciate the professional way Invicta FC treats all the fighters
and hope they continue to have success.”
McMann (6-0), the first American woman to win a silver medal in the Olympic
Games, notched her latest victory, a unanimous decision over Shayna Baszler, in
the main event of the Invicta FC card at Memorial Hall in Kansas City on July
28. Zingano’s last start came on May 14, 2011 when she KO’d Takayo Hashi with a
slam in the third round (4:42) of their matchup.
Invicta FC is preparing to roll out its third live event at Memorial Hall.
Headlining the 13-bout professional card will be an atomweight (105 pounds)
world championship showdown between superstars Jessica Penne (9-1) of Laguna
Hills, Calif. and Naho “Sugi Rock” Sugiyama (8-0) of Kyoto, Japan
Kaufman (15-2) of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada will look to return to her
winning ways when she faces off with prolific striker Kaitlin Young (7-6-1) of
St. Louis Park, Minn. at bantamweight.
Tickets for Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama, priced from $25, are on sale and
can be purchased at Memorial Hall box office (913) 549-4853), online at
Ticketmaster.com and InvictaFC.com and by phone at (800) 745-3000.