The line up for next week’s Invicta Fighting Championships 5 has changed once again
The MMA Corner has learned from sources close to the fight that undefeated featherweight knockout-artist Veronica Rothenhausler has been forced off the card do to injury. Her opponent, Mollie Estes, will now face off with Canadian Julia Budd.
Budd was originally slated to battle Ediane Gomes at the event, but when former Strikeforce champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino signed with the promotion, Budd was matched up with Australia’s Fiona Muxlow. Then, when Gomes was forced out due to injury, Muxlow was tabbed to take on Cyborg.
Despite all the shuffling, Budd remained on the card and will now take on the hometown fighter and fellow Invicta veteran Estes.
Rothenhausler is expected to be back for the promotion’s July event.
As announced during the promotion’s fourth event, the April 5 card will be headlined by two title fights. Recently crowned atomweight champion Jessica Penne will make the first defense of her belt against “The Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson. Also, the promotion will crown its inaugural flyweight champion as Barb Honchak battles Brazilian Vanessa Porto.
The event will emanate from the Ameristar Casino Kansas City in Kansas City, Mo. and air via pay-per-view on the promotion’s website for $9.95.
Jessica Penne vs. Michelle Waterson - for atomweight title
Barb Honchak vs. Vanessa Porto - for inaugural flyweight title
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos vs. Fiona Muxlow
Zoila Frausto Gurgel vs. Jennifer Maia
Sarah Kaufman vs. Leslie Smith
Kaitlin Young vs. Lauren Young
Julia Budd vs. Mollie Estes
Bec Hyatt vs. Jasminka Cive
Jodie Esquibel vs. Alex Chambers
Simona Soukupova vs. Cassie Rodish
Katja Kankaanpaa vs. Juliana Carnerio Lima
Jessamyn Duke vs. Miriam Nakamoto
Rose Namajunas vs. Kathina Catron
Photo: Mollie Estes (L) (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)