Shanna Young and Victoria Leonardo added to Phoenix Series

MMAHIGHLIGHTED 28.08.2019 19:15h Author:

Invicta Phoenix Series 2

With less than two weeks until Phoenix Series 2, Invicta Fighting Championships has announced a change to the one-night, eight-woman flyweight tournament taking place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City on Friday 6th September.

Two competitors from the original field of eight, Cheri Muraski and Marilia Santos, have been forced to withdraw, leaving open tournament slots to be filled by Shanna “The Shanimal” Young (6-2) and Victoria “Fury” Leonardo (6-1).

Young turns herself around quickly after competing on Dana White’s Contender Series earlier this month. Leonardo also competed in August, earning “Fight of the Night” honours in a winning effort against Stephanie Geltmacher at Invicta FC 36.

The updated flyweight field competing at Phoenix Series 2 includes:

DeAnna Bennett (10-5-1) – UFC veteran and former Invicta FC title challenger

Milana Dudieva (12-8) – Three-fight UFC veteran

Maiju Suotama (8-4) – Strikeforce Challengers veteran

Daiana Torquato (9-3) – Brazilian prospect on a seven-fight winning streak

Shanna Young (6-2) – Dana White’s Contender Series veteran

Liz Tracy (5-3) – Three-fight Invicta FC veteran

Victoria Leonardo (6-1) – Invicta FC and Bellator MMA veteran

Miranda Maverick (5-2) – Twenty-two-year-old prospect with six Invicta FC fights

Phoenix Series 2 follows the same structure as the prior tournament, with four quarter-final bouts and two semi-final bouts each having a maximum duration of one five-minute round. The tournament’s final bout will be contested over three five-minute rounds.

Quarter-final bouts will be determined by random selection, with Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp drawing names during ceremonial weigh-ins for Phoenix Series 2 on Thursday 5th September.

Two tournament reserve bouts have also been added to the card, as Chantel “Killa” Coates (1-1), owner of the fastest knockout in promotional history, meets California-based debutant Flore “Aito Hine” Hani (1-1) and the always game Kay Hansen (4-3) makes her seventh Invicta appearance against an opponent to be announced.

The complete Phoenix Series 2 fight card can be found below:


Flyweight Tournament Final: TBD vs. TBD

Flyweight Co-Main Event: Alexa Conners (5-3) vs. Mariya Agapova (6-1)

Flyweight Bout: Josee Storts (1-0) vs. Helen Lucero (0-0)

Flyweight Tournament Semi-Final: TBD vs. TBD

Flyweight Tournament Semi-Final: TBD vs. TBD

Flyweight Reserve Bout No. 2: Kay Hansen (4-3) vs. TBA

Flyweight Reserve Bout No. 1: Chantel Coates (1-1) vs. Flore Hani (1-1)

Flyweight Tournament Quarter-Final: TBD vs. TBD (Randomly Drawn)

Flyweight Tournament Quarter-Final: TBD vs. TBD (Randomly Drawn)

Flyweight Tournament Quarter-Final: TBD vs. TBD (Randomly Drawn)

Flyweight Tournament Quarter-Final: TBD vs. TBD (Randomly Drawn)

Play-by-play voice Laura Sanko and analyst Jimmy Smith return to call the Phoenix Series 2 action, streaming live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS on Friday 6th September.