Peggy Morgan (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)Projecting the Career Path of Invicta FC’s Newest Signings, Part II Riley Kontek February 17, 2014 Spotlight Invicta FC has seen its roster depleted recently. The inclusion of 115- and 135-pound women in the UFC has meant a ransacking of the promotion for talent. It has turned Invicta from the only show in town for the ladies to an important feeder for the UFC, as well as a proving ground for up-and-coming women and veterans alike. Invicta has responded to its thinning roster by going on a shopping spree, snapping up world-ranked fighters and prospects. In all, Invicta has already inked 15 new women that will grace every division from the 105-pound atomweight division to the 145-pound featherweight division. We examined the first seven of the signings and where they could go in Invicta on Friday. Hours later on Inside MMA, Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp revealed the eight additional signings. So, that calls for part two of our career projections for these women who will be competing with the prestigious Invicta FC. Peggy Morgan Striker Peggy Morgan enters Invicta after competing on The Ultimate Fighter 18. The reason she isn’t still with the UFC following that show is that she dropped a decision to Jessamyn Duke at the finale. The bout was close and could have easily gone her way, however. Morgan is a kickboxer who is developing her ground game. This was evident on TUF, where she destroyed Bethany Marshall with strikes before getting decimated on the ground by Sarah Moras. Morgan’s size—she stands 6-foot-1 and has a long reach with both her arms and legs—at bantamweight will be a natural advantage for her. She is still somewhat raw, but will be one of the higher-ranked bantamweights upon entry to the company. Morgan should get a challenging first foe, and that could be Fiona Muxlow. That would be a nice fight for both ladies. Both women are former featherweights who have a chance to make a big impact on the Invicta 135-pound division. Cindy Dandois Cindy Dandois of Belgium has not fought since 2011, when she was a featherweight making a name for herself in the European MMA circuit. Fast forward to 2014, where she is now a certified Invicta FC roster member who will compete in the bantamweight division. It’s been a while, but Dandois has the talent and experience to carve out a nice run with the company. In her pro debut, Dandois beat Marloes Coenen via decision. She has offed UFC vet Sheila Gaff, Danish standout Maria Hougaard Djursaa and Dutch fighter Jorina Baars. That is a very good track record, but the big question will be how she handles her ring rust. Dandois is very well-rounded, though her striking is the centerpiece of her arsenal. That should get her big-time attention upon entry to an Invicta card. Another longtime vet looking for a comeback fight is Kelly Kobold, who was supposed to compete in December but sustained an injury. Pitting these two together would demonstrate experience and a high level of skill, making the match-up enticing. Roxanne Modafferi Women’s MMA pioneer Roxanne Modafferi finally has a home where her fans can follow her. She picked up even more fans through competing on TUF 18, where people were able to see a genuine, positive, funny woman with grappling skills and extraordinary toughness. Modafferi, who officially is on a six-fight skid, won her way into the TUF house with a submission of Valerie Letourneau. Her grappling was marvelous there, but she was steamrolled by Jessica Rakoczy and knocked out of the tournament. At the finale, she was decisioned by Raquel Pennington, but Modafferi showed big improvements in her striking despite taking a loss. The question will be whether Modafferi stays at bantamweight or moves back to her natural weight of 125 pounds. Whatever the case, fans are eagerly awaiting her return. Hopefully she returns to 125 pounds, because a bout against young Brazilian Ericka Almeida would be a match-up of old bull and young calf that would have much fan appeal. Delaney Owen After a very successful career as an amateur, Delaney Owen is now a pro and has signed with Invicta. The future looks very bright for this young lady who could be a future contender at flyweight. After a great amateur career where she showed off her polished ground game and impressive submission arsenal, Owen made her pro debut last month against the well-respected Sarah Alpar. In that fight, Owen again showed her top-notch ground game by tapping out Alpar with a rear-naked choke in the third round of their contentious affair. The build-up for Owen should be slow, as she is a star in the making. Her debut should be against another inexperienced fighter who is looking to build herself up. Cue up fellow debutant Rachael Ostovich. Rachael Ostovich Ostovich went undefeated as an amateur, and the 125-pounder has just one fight under her belt as a pro. She is still somewhat green, but she can get better. Ostovich spent her time on the West Coast honing her craft and working her way up as a tough amateur. Then, last month, she took her pro debut in Hawaii against Jennifer Liou. Ostovich was finished with a brutal knee to the body and follow-up punches. That loss was a disappointing way to follow a decorated amateur career, but it should not be indicative of her potential as a professional. Ostovich is a jack of all trades, master of none. However, some fighters have carved out nice careers with that type of skill set. The aforementioned idea of putting her against Delaney Owen, another decorated amateur who recently made a pro debut, would make the most sense as a good debut fight for both women. Valerie Letourneau There has been a ton of talk about Invicta FC signing former TUF competitors Peggy Morgan and Roxanne Modafferi, but everyone forgets that Valerie Letourneau was on the show as well. The difference is that Morgan and Modafferi made it into the house, whereas Letourneau was eliminated beforehand by Modafferi. Letourneau is a natural flyweight that has fought at bantamweight in the past. Her only losses have come against top talent in the form of Claudia Gadelha, Sarah Kaufman and Alexis Davis. There is no shame in those losses. The Canadian kickboxer has nasty kicks and good power with her punches. That makes her a tough out for any lady at 125 pounds. A good test for Letourneau would be Michelle Ould, who signed with the promotion last year but still awaits her own Invicta debut. The winner of that fight could easily propel themselves into title contention. Mellony Geugjes Mellony Geugjes is a surprising signing by Invicta, due to the fact that she doesn’t have a fancy amateur record and she is 0-1 as a pro. That being said, she is a boxing and kickboxing champion with great potential in this sport, the more she continues to train. Geugjes made her pro debut in December, when she was quickly submitted by Dora Perjes. That type of performance doesn’t inspire confidence in Geugjes this early in her career—one-dimensional strikers don’t often get very far in MMA. Perhaps Invicta sees something in her that fans don’t. The Dutch fighter should take her debut fight against another less-experienced fighter who has yet to take a pro fight. Invicta also recently signed Ashley Greenway, and that could make for an excellent pairing. It will definitely reveal whether Geugjes is ready for the big time. Joanna Jedrzejczyk Two of the biggest signings to come from the shopping spree were Polish fighters. We examined the first—Karolina Kowalkiewicz—already, and she has a chance to be a star. The same can be said about her fellow countrywoman, Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Jedrzejczyk has been a pro since 2012 and has gone 4-0 in that time. She has a suffocating ground game that includes some nasty ground-and-pound. Those ground strikes then open up opportunities for her to look for submissions, making her incredibly dangerous on the mat. Her first Invicta bout could come against Ashley Cummins, a veteran of Invicta. It would not only be a competitive battle, but it would determine whether Jedrzejczyk will be a star, a staple or a one-and-doner with the company.