A flyweight title bout pitting 125-pound kingpin Jennifer Maia (14-4-1) against surging newcomer Agnieszka "Kuma" Niedzwiedz is scheduled to headline Invicta FC 26, according to multiple media outlets. The event is tentatively slated for Nov. 30 -- one night before the inaugural UFC women's flyweight champion will be crowned -- at Las Vegas' Park Theater.
Invicta FC 26 marks the promotion's third event ever in Las Vegas, and first since Invicta FC 16 in March of last year. With the "TUF 26" finale scheduled for Dec. 1 at the same venue as Invicta FC 26, the two-day span is shaping up to be a historic one as far as women's MMA goes. Never before in the history of the sport has two women's flyweight champions been crowned on back-to-back nights.
The 29-year-old Maia, Invicta's reigning flyweight champ, looks to defend her belt and extend her win-streak to six against one of the top young phenoms in the division. She's coming off a grueling five-round war against Roxanne "The Happy Warrior" Modafferi, a fight that proved she has the cardio to excel in the championship rounds.
After a year layoff, Invicta FC's matchmaking team is throwing her right back into the fire with a tough fight against a very game challenger. Niedzwiedz, an undefeated 22-year-old from Poland, has rattled off 10 consecutive victories, including back-to-back wins under the Invicta FC banner against high-level opponents.
"Kuma" sizzled in decision victories over Vanessa Porto and Christine Stanley in her first two Invicta starts. There's no doubt that Maia will be the toughest test of her young career, but she's ready for the opportunity to capture Invicta gold. Elsewhere on the bill, Christine Ferea looks to bounce back from her recent loss to Tiffany "Time Bomb" Van Soest. Her opponent hasn't yet been announced. The full Invicta FC 26 card is expected to be announced in the days ahead.