Invicta Fighting Championships has announced its first show of 2016, Invicta FC 15, which will take live from The Hangar at OC Fair in Costa Mesa, CA in January.

In the night’s main event reignging Invicta FC featherweight champion Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino will loook to defend her 145-pound belt against Russian import Daria Ibragimova.

Cyborg (14-1, 1 NC), also the former Strikeforce & Elite XC champion, will enter this bout having finished all four Invicta opponents by way of knockout. In her most recent outing, the Brazilian walked away with 45-second victory of Faith Van Duin at Invicta FC 13. This bested her previous 46-second TKO vin over Charmaine Tweet earlier in the year.

Ibragimova (9-1), who was signed to the Invicta FC roster back in June, comes into the bout on a seven-fight winning streak, with five first-round submissions and a first-round TKO during that stretch.

In the co-main event for Invicta FC’s strawweight champion Livia Renata Souza puts her title on the line against DeAnna ‘The Argentine Assassin’ Bennett

The 24-year-old Souza (8-0) made her debut for the organization at Invicta FC 12 in April, unseating former champion Katja Kankaanpaa with a fourth-round submission to capture Invicta FC gold. To date, seven of the Brazilian’s eight wins have come by way of submission, including five first-round finishes.

After making her strawweight debut in February, Bennett (8-0) has strung together wins over tough competition in 2015, beating Norma Rueda Center and Katja Kankaanpaa en route to her shot at the 115-pound title.

Last month, Invicta FC announced the signing of 27-year-old UFC veteran Angela ‘Overkill’ Hill (2-2) to its strawweight division. Hill will make her promotional debut at Invicta FC 15, taking on experienced striker Jodie Esquibel (5-1) who comes up from atomweight riding a two-fight winning streak.

  • (c) Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino (14-1-1) vs. Daria Ibragimova (9-1) – For Invicta FC Featherweight Title
  • (c) Livia Renta Souza (8-0) vs. DeAnna Bennett (8-0) – For Invicta FC Strawweight Title
  • Amber Brown (5-1) vs. Lisa Ellis (15-10)
  • Angela Hill (2-2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (5-1)

(c) – Champion

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