Invicta strawweight title on the line as Murata and Ducote make weight

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Invicta FC 34 will crown a new strawweight champion. Photo: Invicta FC.

The main event of Invicta 38 is set.

Japan’s Kanako Murata (10-1) goes into battle against veteran Emily Ducote (8-5) for the promotion’s vacant strawweight title.

Both women were on point at today’s weigh-ins with Murata coming in at 114.9, while Ducote was marginally lighter at 114.2 lbs.

Invicta FC 38 takes place from from Memorial Hall in Kansas City and will stream live on UFC Fight Pass early Saturday morning in Asia.

Murata, a decorated wrestler, submitted Liana Pirosin in her promotional debut at Invicta FC 35.

Oklahoma’s Ducote has faced some of the toughest flyweights in the world and now seeks a title at 115 pounds after stopping former title challenger Janaisa Morandin at Invicta FC 36.

The co-main event pits flyweight champion Vanessa Porto (21-8) against contender tournament winner Karina Rodríguez (8-3) in a non-title affair, after Rodríguez failed to make weight.

The Brazilian Porto captured gold at Invicta FC 34, defeating UFC veteran Pearl Gonzalez.

Mexico’s Rodriguez most recently earned a hard-fought decision victory over UFC alum DeAnna Bennett at Invicta FC 36.

Also one to watch on tomorrow’s card is Tiger Muay Thai trained Mallory Martin. Martin was last seen on Dana White’s Contender Series with a win over Micol di Segni, but was unable to secure a UFC contract.

Invicta FC 34 includes:

Strawweight Title:
Kanako Murata (114.9) vs. Emily Ducote (114.2)

Flyweight:
Vanessa Porto (124.2) vs. Karina Rodríguez (126.1)*

Strawweight:
Mallory Martin (115.8) vs. Cynthia Arceo (116)

Flyweight:
Shanna Young (125.7) vs. Maiju Suotama (124.2)

Bantamweight:
Lisa Verzosa (135.5) vs. Kerri Kenneson (135.6)

Featherweight:
Shaianna Rincón (143.8) vs. Auttumn Norton (146)

Bantamweight:
Serena DeJesus (135.7) vs. Taneisha Tennant (135.9)

* Rodríguez missed the flyweight championship limit of 125 pounds and was fined 25% of her fight purse. Her bout against Porto is now a three-round, non-title bout.

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