As far as old cliches go, "the future is now" is a fitting one to describe Invicta FC 33. The main reason? Former blue-chip prospects and teen phenoms have been thrust into the limelight with prominent spots on the card, as witnessed most notably by the presence of 19-year-old prodigy Kay Hansen -- who has been cleared to fight for the eighth time since December of last year.
Hansen, a fast-rising California talent, is stepping in on short notice to compete against Sharon "The Dreamcatcher" Jacobson (5-3) at strawweight. She accepted the fight on just nine days' notice, making her the most active fighter on the Invicta roster.
The bout marks Hansen's fourth Invicta FC appearance of 2018. And when combined with her recent boxing matches and fights in California's regional MMA circuit, it'll be a total of eight combat sports appearances on the year for the youngster. On Dec. 14, Hansen, Jacobson and the rest of the athletes competing at Invicta FC 33 hit the scales in Kansas City's Country Club Plaza, for the event's ceremonial weigh-in. Hansen weighed in at 114.8 pounds, while Jacobson was 115.3 pounds.
Atop the Invicta FC 33 bill is 105-pound kingpin Jihn Yu Frey (7-3) vs. Minna Grusander (6-2), in a hotly-anticipated atomweight rematch for the 105-pound world title. The event headliner was made official with the champ (104.5) coming in well under the atomweight title fight maximum, and the challenger tipping the scales at 104.8. In the co-main, UFC vet Danielle Taylor (9-4) meets Monserrat Ruiz (8-0) at strawweight. Both ladies were on the mark, as Taylor was 115.1 and Ruiz weighed in at 114.8.
Elsewhere on the bill, Amber Brown takes on undefeated atomweight prospect Alesha Zappitella (4-0, 1 NC). Brown hit the scales at 104.8, while Zappitella was on the mark at 105.7 pounds. Other young, up-and-coming talents on the bill include Sarah Kleczka (2-1) and Brittney Victoria (2-0), who collide in the lone bantamweight fight of the evening. Kleczka was 135.8, while Victoria made weight at 135.2.
Also, Jamie Moyle (4-3) makes her return to the Invicta FC cage, following a three-fight UFC stint. She'll be fighting Brianna Van Buren. Moyle (125.1) missing weight by nine pounds was the big story of the event, as it was one of the biggest weight cut mishaps in recent MMA history. The fight is still scheduled to go on, but with Moyle forfeiting 25 percent of her fight purse. Van Buren tipped the scales at 115.2 pounds.
Combat Press posted the weigh-in results for the full Invicta FC 33 card. The event, which emanates live on UFC Fight Pass from Kansas City's Scottish Rite Temple, is slated for Dec. 15.