Invicta FC will be making not only its 2013 debut this Saturday but also its pay-per-view debut. The promotion is expected to crown its first-ever strawweight champion by night’s end, but prior to that fans will be able to enjoy what should be a violent clash of featherweight competitors.

Katalina Malungahu will be making her second appearance for the promotion. In her Invicta FC debut, Malungahu showed promise early on, but eventually fell prey to the submission game of her opponent, Ediane Gomes.

“The loss has helped me more than any of my other fights,” Malungahu told The MMA Corner in an exclusive interview. “I feel a lot stronger mentally. The loss has really made me appreciate the ground game more, and I’ve been working on it a lot.

Malungahu (R) delivers a right hand (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Malungahu’s mentality is completely different from where her mindset was at prior to her Invicta debut. At that time she was coming off an impressive 36-second knockout of Ericka Newsome, and Malungahu admits she let the success go to her head.

“My pride got in the way. I had a lot of ego going into that fight [with Gomes],” Malungahu confessed. “I need to be more humble and just take what my opponents give me and become a well-rounded fighter.”

What Malungahu may receive from her Invicta FC 4 opponent is something the Xtreme Couture product is very familiar with. Veronica Rothenhausler will be making her professional debut, but she is coming off a series of five-second knockouts in her last amateur bouts. With both women coming into the fight looking to land that explosive strike, Malungahu is confident she’ll be the one dictating the fight.

“After I hit her, she’s not going to want to stand with me,” Malungahu said.

It’s not that Malungahu doesn’t respect Rothenhausler’s power. It’s just that she’s learned from those mistakes, and now it’s more about confidence in her own abilities than anything.

“I don’t doubt her punching power,” Malungahu said. “I respect her punches, but I don’t fear them. I know I have a chin and I’m very confident in what I can do.”

Both women will be looking to impress the brass from Invicta in their contest, and Malungahu is certainly grateful for what Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp and her team have done.

“I feel so privileged with how the Invicta crew have worked with me so far. They’ve taken really good care of me so far—it’s like a blessing” Malungahu said.

Although more than open to the idea of helping Invicta FC grow along with her own career, Malungahu realizes that changes are taking place in the world of WMMA and, in particular, the UFC.

“I’m so grateful for what Ronda Rousey has done for WMMA with opening doors for all of us,” Malungahu said.

While most of her colleagues are quick to call out the WMMA superstar, Malungahu has a different goal on her mind: Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos. The Strikeforce star has long been atop the WMMA rankings since defeating

Malungahu (R) lands a jab (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Gina Carano and has been linked to a potential superfight with Rousey for months. Although most fans are anticipating that showdown, Malungahu anticipates a showdown of her own.

“I’ve always wanted to fight ‘Cyborg.’ That’s my dream fight and I’ll do anything I can to make it happen. It may mean moving to 135 pounds sooner than I expected, but I’ll do whatever I can,” Malungahu said.

Although Malungahu is focused on her dream fight, she hasn’t forgotten that a win against Rothenhausler will be critical in achieving her future goals. It’s been a long road coming back from her first professional loss, and Malungahu admits she couldn’t have done it on her own.

“I just want to thank all my training partners at Xtreme Couture and my brother with his clothing line Malohi clothing, who is my sponsor. I couldn’t do it without all of them,” Malungahu said.

We will see if Malungahu’s new-found level of humility for the ground game pays off against Rothenhausler. However, no matter where the fight ends, fans can expect an explosive finish to this contest.

Top Photo: Katalina Malungahu (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)