Cinco De Mayo weekend just got a little wilder, as AXS learned from Invicta Fighting Championships officials that the promotion will be returning to "The Show-Me State" on May 4. Invicta FC 29, the promotion's second event of the year in Missouri, is set to go down at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo.
The event, which will be headlined with a bantamweight title fight pitting UFC vet Sarah Kaufman (19-4) against Katharina Lehner, marks the promotion's 20th appearance in the Kansas City area since the inaugural Invicta show in April of 2012. Scottish Rite Temple has already hosted nine Invicta Fighting Championships events, so the May card will put the venue into uncharted territory as far as running all-female MMA fight cards.
Mixedmartialarts.com was first to report that Invicta FC 29 will be held in Kansas City. And if the initial media reports left any doubt about the promotion's hotly-anticipated return to the Midwest, Invicta FC head honcho Shannon Knapp confirmed on her personal Facebook page that the show is slated for Missouri.
More bouts for Invicta FC 29 are expected to be announced in the days and weeks ahead. The show airs live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.
Kaufman vs. Lehner (7-0) is the only fight official so far for Invicta FC 29, but it's a battle that's good enough to carry the show. The 32-year-old Kaufman is a pioneer in the women's side of the MMA game, having competed professionally since 2006. A former Strikeforce world champion, she's looking to earn her way back into the UFC by derailing the hype train of one of the top young bantamweight prospects in the game today.
Lehner, 27, is riding a seven-fight win streak dating back to 2014. In her Invicta FC debut, she needed less than a round to finish Alexa Conners. With a win over Kaufman, she could be on the fast track to UFC glory.
Regrann from @mmafightnightlive - . #FightAnnouncement . Sarah Kaufman [ @sarahkaufmanmma ] x Katharina Lehner [ @katharinalehner ] will fight for the vacant Invicta Fighting Championships Bantamweight Title at #InvictaFC29 on 05/04. The Title was vacated by Yana Kunitskaya, who fights Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos tonight for the UFC WFW Title. . Kaufman (19-4, 1 NC) made a successful return to Invicta in January, winning a lopsided unanimous decision over Pannie Kianzad at Invicta FC 27. It was the second straight win for Kaufman since parting ways with the UFC in 2016. . The 32-year-old Canadian fought four times in the Octagon, going 1-2 with one bout (originally a loss) being overturned to a no-contest when opponent Jessica Eye tested positive for marijuana. . Prior to that, Kaufman fought once for Invicta after a memorable run in the now-defunct Strikeforce promotion. Kaufman won and successfully defended the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight championship once before dropping it to Marloes Coenen. She would battle her way back to the title before losing to future UFC superstar Ronda Rousey. This will be Kaufman’s first title fight since that August 2012 encounter. . Lehner, 27, is undefeated in seven professional bouts. She won her lone Invicta appearance last August where she defeated Alexa Conners by first-round TKO, and returned to her native Germany later that year to win a unanimous decision over Gemma Pike in the Hype Fighting Championship promotion. . Source: http://bit.ly/2oCktOD