Invicta FC 31 will be headlined with a strawweight title fight

Invicta FC 31 will be headlined with a strawweight title fight

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Blue-chip MMA prospect Janaisa "Evil Princess" Morandin (10-1) fights undefeated world champion Virna Jandiroba (13-0) for strawweight gold in the main event of Invicta FC 31. The bout, which airs live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass, is set for Sept. 1 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo.

Originally slated for Invicta FC 28 in March, Morandin vs. Jandiroba finally lock horns after nearly six months worth of media hype. Morandin had to withdraw from the original March 24 pairing date due to injury, but she's now fully healthy and ready to compete.

With the Brazilian on the shelf, Jandiroba instead met Mizuki Inoue in the Invicta 28 main event, picking up a win by split-decision. It wasn't a world-class performance from the champ, but it was enough to keep her unblemished resume intact. Fighting an aggressive, powerful striker such as Morandin should bring out a better showing from Jandiroba. How will the fight play out? No one knows until the cage door locks. But we do know that Morandin may be dealing with some cage rust.

The "Evil Princess" hasn't been in action since edging Kinberly Novaes by decision last December. By the time it's fight night, it will have been 10 months since the Brazilian last competed inside the cage.

Nevertheless, now 1-1 under the Invicta Fighting Championships banner, Morandin will look to cement her legacy as a top-shelf strawweight by winning a world championship at Invicta FC 31. No other fights have been announced for the event. More bouts are expected to be revealed in the days and weeks ahead.