Invicta Fighting Championships isn't officially a feeder league for the UFC, but the promotion has already propelled Paige "12 Gauge" VanZant, Amanda Nunes, "Thug" Rose Namajunas and countless others into the national spotlight.
The Kansas City-based organization has earned a reputation as the top proving grounds for professional female fighters, a test to see who deserves an opportunity inside the world-famous Octagon. Sean Shelby and Dana White keep a close eye on Invicta FC, watching for women with the potential to replace "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey and Miesha "Cupcake" Tate as the top female pay-per-view draws in the game.
Aussie featherweight Megan Anderson is the most likely candidate to earn the next call-up to the big show, but Invicta FC has another talent waiting in the wings -- California bantamweight sensation "Yaya" Rincón. After just one Invicta FC appearance, Rincón is already a fan favorite and must-see attraction.
The MMA Gold-trained star made waves at the Invicta FC 23 weigh-in, nearly breaking the web with a jaw-dropping outfit that generated over 2,000 "likes" on Instagram. Her photo earned more "likes" than the pic of the main event women, which is remarkable considering that "Yaya" fought in the opening bout of the evening.
But the night after the weigh-in, she proved to be much more than just good looks, as she turned in a strong performance and earned a decision win against Brooksie Bayard. After the fight, she told AXS she's hoping to get on Invicta FC's card for July. With another couple wins, she could be well on her way to a UFC opportunity, as the promotion is hungry to introduce new blood into the women's bantamweight division. Rincón, who already has over 5,000 followers on Instagram, is likely to be the breakout star the UFC is looking for.