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July 27, 2021

Invicta FC 44: A New Era Hits Pay-Per-View on Friday, Aug. 27

New Strawweight and Bantamweight World Champions to be crowned at historic event

Los Angeles--Invicta FC ® has announced a historic night of women's mixed martial arts action for Friday, August 27. The world's premier combat sports organization for women returns to pay-per-view for the first time in eight years for Invicta FC 44: A New Era, live from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, and headlined by two exciting world championship collisions.

A new Invicta FC strawweight champion will be crowned as top contenders Emily "Gordinha" Ducote (9-6 in MMA) and "Dynamite" Danielle Taylor (11-5) square off for the 115-pound world title. The second half of Invicta FC 44's double main event will see Lisa "Battle Angel" Verzosa (6-1) take on Phoenix Tournament winner Taneisha "Triple Threat" Tennant (3-1) to decide the new queen of Invicta's bantamweight division.

Beginning at 10pm ET/7pm PT on Friday, August 27, Invicta FC 44: A New Era will be distributed on pay-per-view via traditional cable and satellite carriers. Digital customers around the world can pre-order the event immediately from FITE for $19.99 in the United States, $14.99 in Canada and $9.99 in the rest of the world.

The live Invicta FC 44 Prelims will be broadcast in the United States on AXS TV and streamed for free worldwide on Invicta FC's YouTube channel beginning at 7pm ET/4 pm PT. Both platforms will also premiere a special Countdown to Invicta FC 44 documentary the week before the live event.


Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp said, "Invicta FC is back on pay-per-view with what promises to be an all-action night of mixed martial arts. I'm very excited to see these world title fights – these are tough, gritty and both have the potential to be one of the best fights of the year."

Haunted by two near misses in challenges for the Bellator MMA and Invicta crowns in the past, Oklahoma strawweight Ducote is determined to become a world champion in her third opportunity.


She said, "It's my time to show off everything I've been working on. Danielle's tough. We've both fought the best and this is a good match-up – but I will walk through whatever I need to walk through to get this championship."


Meanwhile Taylor, who has beaten contenders including Jessica Aguilar, Jessica Penne and Seo Hee Ham, responded, "At the end of day she has never faced my speed and power. I believe I can stop everything she throws at me then put her out. They will announce me as the new Invicta strawweight champion."

Portland, Oregon-based bantamweight Verzosa has spent the majority of her professional career under the Invicta banner, earning her fifth win with promotion over Raquel Canuto in her last outing. The lone loss of her career came in a heart- breaking split decision in her previous Invicta title challenge in 2020, and "Battle Angel" is determined to go one better on August 27.


She said, "I'm super excited to have another title shot and prove to myself I can be champion. Nobody has the heart that I do — that's why I win."


Having earned her title shot by beating three opponents one night, New York's Tennant is equally confident. "My style of fighting will have her looking like an amateur. She's never been hit like I hit before."

The full card for Invicta FC 44: A New Era, including the featured bout on the Invicta FC 44 Prelims, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Vacant Invicta FC Strawweight Title: Emily Ducote vs Danielle Taylor
Vacant Invicta FC Bantamweight Title: Lisa Verzosa vs Taneisha Tennant


Invicta FC Media Relations: press@invictafc.com

About Invicta FC:

Invicta Fighting Championships (invictafc.com) is a world championship, all-pro 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, Invicta is committed to pioneering the future growth of women's MMA by promoting the best possible match-ups between female competitors and identifying and developing future superstars of the sport. Follow Invicta on Twitter (@InvictaFights), Facebook ( InvictaFights ) and Instagram (@InvictaFC) for all the latest information.

About Anthem Sports & Entertainment, Inc.

Anthem Sports & Entertainment Inc. is a globally integrated multi-platform media company with offices and studios in Los Angeles, Denver, Nashville, New York, Kansas City and Toronto. Anthem's portfolio includes AXS TV, a leading music, entertainment and lifestyle television channel and digital media company; Fight Network, the world's premier combat sports channel; IMPACT Wrestling, one of the world's leading wrestling organizations specializing in original programming and live events; Invicta Fighting Championships, the world's premier all-women mixed martial arts promotion;  Game+, the leader in Esports and gaming content;  GameTV, the home of game shows and competition-based reality series; and HDNet Movies, which features theatrically released films and documentaries. Anthem also has a significant ownership interest in Pursuit Channel, one of the top outdoor channels in the U.S.