After three and a half years away from the cage, Jade Bryce is finally back in the MMA game. The former Bellator talent, who was dismissed from the promotion in 2014, received a fresh start this month with Invicta Fighting Championships.
Bryce, 33, appeared alongside Natasha Wicks and Elias Theodorou in her familiar ring card girl capacity at Invicta FC 29 in Kansas City, Mo. She delighted the crowd, showing off high-level footwork and the personality that made her famous nearly a decade ago with Bellator. Despite being away from the fight game since 2014, Bryce didn't show any signs of cage rust. She's still performing at a world-class level.
No official word on how the opportunity came about to compete at Invicta FC 29, but it likely had something to do with her longtime friendship with Wicks. A spot opened up to perform ring card girl duties at the event after longtime talent Jess Mao announced that she wouldn't be able to attend the May 4 show.
Mao is expected to be back at future Invicta FC shows, but at least Bryce is now on the radar as a top option to fill in on short notice. Bryce was let go from Bellator in December of 2014, after working 99 events between 2010 and 2014. The UFC didn't make any serious attempt to secure her services after the firing, and World Series of Fighting kept Emily Miller on as their main ring card girl.
That said, Bryce was left without much opportunity to work inside the realm of MMA. But now in 2018 and at the tender age of 33, it's great to see she's back in the game.