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Four fights added to Invicta FC 21 lineup
While the main event was already known, the addition of four fights gives a much clearer picture of what Invicta FC 21 will look like.
The promotion today announced the addition of the four bouts via a press release.
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Pannie Kianzad (8-1) will face Raquel Pa'aluhi (5-5) at bantamweight; strawweights DeAnna Bennett (8-2) and Jodie Esquibel (5-2) square off; Aspen Ladd (4-0) meets Sijara Eubanks (2-1) at bantamweight; and a pair of flyweights make their pro debut when Heather Hardy (0-0) faces Brieta Carpenter (0-0).
Invicta FC 21 takes place Jan. 14 at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The event streams live on UFC Fight Pass.
Kianzad is coming off the first loss of her professional career. She faced bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger at Invita FC 14. The bout was non-title after Kianzad missed weight and she was stopped via TKO in the second round.
Pa’aluhi had a three-fight winning streak snapped in her most recent outing, a split decision loss to Colleen Schneider at Invicta FC 15. She holds wins over Kaitlin Young and Ediane Gomes in the Invicta FC cage.
After starting her career 8-0, Bennett has hit a two-fight losing skid. First, she lost to Livia Renata Souza by TKO at Invicta FC 15, then she came out on the wrong side of a decision against Roxanne Modafferi at Invicta FC 16.
Esquibel also had a run of success halted in her most recent trip to the cage, losing to Alexa Grasso by decision at Invicta FC 18, snapping a two-fight winning streak.
All four of Ladd’s pro bouts have come in the Invicta FC cage and she has picked up four finish victories in that time. Eubanks is 2-0 in the Invicta cage, finishing both of her opponents by TKO.
With the addition, the card now includes:
Megan Anderson vs. Charmaine Tweet
Pannie Kianzad vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi
DeAnna Bennett vs. Jodie Esquibel
Aspen Ladd vs. Sijara Eubanks
Brieta Carpenter vs. Heather Hardy