Invicta FC 22 takes place in 25 March in Kansas City, USA at the Scottish Rite Temple. In the co-main event of the evening, current Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Ayaka Hamasaki will step up in weight and face former promotional strawweight champ Livia Renata Souza.
Hamasaki, 34 years-old, is looking to challenge herself by moving up to 115 pounds for a non-title bout. She has expressed her intentions are to eventually fight in the UFC.
The Japanese powerhouse is undeniably one of the best female fighters in the world. Winning the title at Invicta FC 13 by defeating Herica Tiburcio via split decision and then defending it twice against Amber Brown and Jinh Yu only solidifying her dominant status at atomweight.
However, the only time she lost in her career was at strawweight against 2-time UFC title-challenger Claudia Gadelha at Invicta FC 6 almost three years ago.
Her foe, Souza, has mortifying submission skills and a powerful top game. She began her career with 9 straight victories and only one of them were scored by the judges.
In her debut for the promotion, she took on and choked out Katja Kankaanpaa at Invicta FC 12 to snatch up the strawweight title. She then went on to defend the title one time but subsequently lost it to Angela Hill in a closely contested split decision which was the first of her career.
These two bring championship level experience with finishing pedigree that can produce an epic back and forth clash. There are many tangibles in this matchup and viewers will be in for a treat when these two bump gloves and bang it out.