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Invicta FC 6: Esparza Injured, Hamasaki-Gadelha Set

Joanne Calderwood

A knee injury to Carla Esparza has forced a change to the Invicta FC 6 fight card. Ayaka Hamasaki will now square off with Claudia Gadelha. Esparza first announced the injury via twitter.

Tweeted Esparza:

“I am devastated, there is no worse thing for an athlete to experience. I have had this injury for a few weeks, but kept training and did what I could because that’s what fighters do, we fight through things even when they are tough. I was still planning to fight, until I recently discovered a tear was confirmed. I apologize to my fans, fans, and family who wanted to see me perform, I wanted to put on an amazing fight for you.”

A replacement for Gadelha’s original opponent, Joanne Calderwood, has not been announced at this time.

Invicta FC 6 will be headlined by the inaugural Invicta FC featherweight title fight as Marloes Coenen takes on Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos. Invicta FC 6 will air as an Online PPV. The fight card will take place July 13 at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.

Invicta FC 6 Fight Card

Main Card (Online PPV 10PM ET)

  • Inaugural Featherweight Title: Marloes Coenen vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos
  • Claudia Gadelha vs. Ayaka Hamasaki
  • Sarah D’Alelio vs. Lauren Taylor
  • Leslie Smith vs. Jennifer Maia
  • Jessica Penne vs. Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. TBA
  • Julia Budd vs. Ediane Gomes
  • Bec Hyatt vs. Mizuki Inoue
  • Miriam Nakamoto vs. Duda Yankovich

Preliminary Card (Online PPV 8PM ET)

  • Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres
  • Ashley Cummins vs. Emily Kagan
  • Mollie Estes vs. Veronica Rothenhausler
  • Laura Sanko vs. Livia Von Plettenberg


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