Alesha Zappitella wants to fight Alyse Anderson

Alesha Zappitella wants to fight Alyse Anderson

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Responding to a tweet from a fellow Invicta Fighting Championships competitor, Alesha Zappitella not so subtly revealed to the world who she wants to fight next. After featherweight contender, Pam Sorenson tweeted that she thinks Zappitella vs. Alyse Anderson would be a "good fight" between former teammates, "Half-Pint" exclaimed that she has been "asking for" a scrap against Anderson "since 'Nam."

And just like that, a red-hot feud was born between two of the top atomweight prospects in the world. While Anderson hasn't yet chimed in on the idea, she would likely be more than willing to step in against her ex-teammate. Not only does this fight have a cool backstory, but it also makes sense in the rankings.

With Zappitella beating Jillian DeCoursey in her promotional debut at Invicta FC 30 and Anderson finishing Stephanie Alba on the same card, both 23-year-olds shot up the 105-pound ladder -- inching closer to a world title shot against newly-crowned champ Jihn Yu Frey. Whoever wins a potential scrap between Zappitella and Anderson would be on the short list of possible contenders for a championship opportunity in 2019.

This is a fight that, on paper, would be an instant classic. Zappitella has never lost since turning pro in 2016, and Anderson is back on the rise after dropping a split-decision in her Invicta debut last August. Stylistically, it's an epic match-up, pitting a powerful wrestler against submission expert.

Anderson would enjoy a major height and reach advantage, but Zappitella has world-class wrestling and explosive power in her strikes. Anderson may also have the edge in BJJ, but Zappitella has the upper hand in the takedown department.

Making things even more interesting is the fact that "Zapp" and Anderson come from rival camps. Zappitella's Team SFS is one of the top rival gyms of Anderson's Michigan Top Team, and the ladies used to train together. Anderson now trains with Felice Herrig and Team Curran, but her Michigan background makes for a fun backstory with the potential Zappitella match-up. 

The UFC doesn't currently have an atomweight division for female competitors. But with Anderson and Zappitella on the rise, that could change in an instant. Hopefully, Invicta FC's matchmaking team puts this fight together sooner than later.