DeAnna Bennett is set to return to the Invicta FC cage

DeAnna Bennett is set to return to the Invicta FC cage

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Utah sensation DeAnna Bennett has officially re-signed with Invicta Fighting Championships, according to a report from Wombat Sports. Invicta FC head honcho Shannon Knapp says the "TUF 26" alum is back with the promotion, following a seven-fight stint between 2014 and 2017 that saw her go 4-3 under the Invicta banner.

No official word on when "The Argentine Assassin" will make her grand return to the Invicta cage, but it's quite possible she'll be featured on the Invicta FC 28 card booked for March 24. The promotion hasn't revealed which city and venue Invicta FC 28 will go down at, but The Underground reports that the show will be held at the Union Event Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

If that plan falls through, Kansas City's Scottish Rite Temple remains a viable backup option. With the 33-year-old Bennett hailing from Orem, Utah, it makes sense why Invicta Fighting Championships would hit the road for an event in the "Beehive State."

MMA fans and media members have long wondered why the promotion regularly opts against featuring "locals" -- fighters who live close to the host city and venue. Such fighters help drive ticket sales, as friends and family members could make a quick drive of it to skip pricey airplane and hotel fares. 

Featuring locals is a strategy that even the UFC regularly utilizes, as it's quite common for the promotion to put on a main event showcasing a fighter who lives within the host state or country. For Invicta FC, putting Bennett on a card in front of her hometown fans is a no-brainer. It's just a matter of getting the venue locked down and working out all the logistics of flying out the rest of the staff.

Official details on Invicta FC 28 are expected to come out in the near future. As of Feb. 6, the only fight official for Invicta FC 28 is a strawweight title fight pitting Janaisa Morandin against Virna Jandiroba.