Invicta Fighting Championships staffer Cynthia Vance does a ton of work behind-the-scenes to propel the promotion forward, helping out with video editing and in the social media department. She has been working for Invicta FC -- primarily in a behind-the-scenes capacity -- since the promotion's early days. But now after breaking up an on-stage scuffle between Pearl Gonzalez and Barb Acioly at the Invicta FC 29 weigh-in, she's getting a lot more attention from fans and media.
Why exactly did her Dave Sholler-esque moment go viral? There was something undeniably comical about a pint-sized, not-quite-atomweight videographer stepping up to stop two of the world's baddest women from ripping each other's heads off. When weigh-in scuffles happen, usually fighters are able to throw hands regardless of who is standing in front of them. For instance, when Sholler tried to break up a weigh-in scrap between Jon "Bones" Jones and Daniel Cormier, he ended up falling off the stage as the men pummeled each other. Sometimes Dana White even can't hold fighters back from smacking each other at weigh-in events.
Vance, using quick thinking and a magic touch, fared much better than her UFC counterparts. Gonzalez and Acioly quickly simmered down once she stepped between them. The youngster joked about the incident on Twitter, saying she used "karate moves" and "100 pounds of muscle and fear" to break up the Gonzalez-Acioly brawl. Usually former MMA standout Kaitlin Young is there to stand between fighters at the ceremonial weigh-ins, but Vance filled in for her at Invicta FC 29.
The next Invicta Fighting Championships event is set for July 21 in Kansas City, Missouri. No word yet on who will be standing between the fighters at the event's ceremonial weigh-in.
#InvictaFC29 was rad y'all! So much heart from all of these ladies! I can't wait to tell your stories and give y'all the proper love you deserve on #ThroughTheAshes and other content. But also thanks for letting me put my karate moves into action. Boom! 🤺 pic.twitter.com/Ee0lZtUWeW— Cynthia Vance (@cynthiavance) May 5, 2018