Pam "Bam" Sorenson (5-2) isn't impressed by Helena "Pretty" Kolesnyk's undefeated record. She believes the surging 27-year-old hasn't faced top competition in the five pro starts on her resume.
On July 15, "Bam" hopes to prove to Kolesnyk that stepping into the Invicta Fighting Championships cage is a completely different animal than competing overseas. "Pretty" is off to an impressive 5-0 start to her career, with several first-round stoppages by way of TKO.
However, it's hard to ignore that she hasn't yet faced anyone ranked in the top 10 in the world at featherweight. Her resume is filled with victories over unknowns, competitors from China and Russia's regional circuit. It's not that she's been ducking "real" competition. She just hasn't had the opportunity to fight the best in the world -- until now.
Fighting Sorenson is a legit test, her first opponent with a high world ranking at 145 pounds. "Anything can happen, but I think this will be Helena's first true test," Sorenson said of the bout. "I'm very interested to see what she's going to bring to the cage. I think I'm a very different fighter than the girls she's previously fought."
"Bam" is the third different fighter Kolesnyk agreed to compete against at Invicta FC 24. The first two options for her -- Megan Anderson and Tonya Evinger -- withdrew after signing with the UFC. Anderson and Evinger's respective UFC signings opened a door for Sorenson to get the nod for the Kolesnyk bout. "I was a little surprised I got offered a fight again so soon," she told AXS. "I think it's a good card, even with all the changes. The matchmaking team definitely had their work cut out for them with all the last minute changes.
"They always find a way. I have yet to be disappointed with any of their shows." Sorenson, 31, collides with the Ukrainian talent on the main card of Invicta FC 24, live at the Scottish Rite in Kansas City, Mo. The fight, which airs on UFC Fight Pass, could determine who's next in line to challenge for Invicta FC's featherweight title.