On Saturday, Dec. 7, Invicta Fighting Championships hosted its seventh event from the Ameristar Casino in Kansas City, Mo.

The event featured two title bouts in the promotion’s flyweight and bantamweight divisions.

In the night’s top-billing, 125-pound champion Barb Honcak looked to defend her belt against hard-hitting Leslie Smith. Honchak captured the title with a unanimous decision win over Vanessa Porto at Invicta FC 5 in April. Smith, meanwhile, made a successful flyweight debut in July, topping Brazilian Jennifer Maia by decision.

The co-main event saw the promotion crown its inaugural bantamweight champion as undefeated Lauren Murphy (formerly Taylor) faced off with world Muay Thai champ Miriam Nakamoto. Murphy had gone 2-0 in the Invicta cage, edging veterans Kaitlin Young and Sarah D’Alelio, both via decision. Nakamoto’s first Invicta appearance ended in a no-contest, but she scored a huge knockout of Duda Yankovich in July.

The card was also expected to feature a third title bout between champion Carla Esparza and undefeated Brazilian Claudia Gadelha. However, Gadelha contracted a bacterial infection and was forced to pull out of the bout on fight day.

In addition to the title bouts, the card featured newly-signed Felice Herrig, former Bellator champion Zoila Frausto Gurgel and Ultimate Fighter 18 combatant Tonya Evinger.

For a full recap and results of the card, click here.

Below is video of the entire event (courtesy of Invicta Fighting Championships)

Invicta FC 7 Fight Card
Barb Honchak vs. Leslie Smith – for flyweight title
Lauren Murphy vs. Miriam Nakamoto – for inaugural bantamweight title
Felice Herrig vs. Tecia Torres
Joanne Calderwood vs. Katja Kankaanpaa
Julia Budd vs. Charmaine Tweet
Vanessa Porto vs. Zoila Frausto Gurgel
Sarah D’Alelio vs. Tonya Evinger
Munah Holland vs. Nina Ansaroff

Top Photo: Barb Honchak (L) battles Leslie Smith (Jeff Vulgamore/The MMA Corner)

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