MMA’s premier women’s organisation ‘Invicta’ returns this Friday night with four main card bouts, culminating with featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino defending her belt against Charmaine Tweet.
UFC Fight Pass is the exclusive broadcaster for the event but Irish viewers will have to wait until 5am GMT to catch the main card.
That being said, the action is well worth staying up for with Mexican fighter Irene Aldana (4-1) opening the show against Colleen Schneider (6-5).
Aldana makes her second appearance under the Invicta banner with all of her victories coming by way of stoppage (three KO/TKO, one SUB).
The Mexican prospect made her Invicta debut against former TUF 18 competitor Peggy Morgan, displaying her excellent ground skills and obtaining an impressive rear naked choke stoppage in the very first round.
Schneider (32) makes her first appearance for Invicta FC. The American has an inconsistent record and looks to play the role of spoiler in this bout.
Schneider has two submissions to her credit and will no doubt look to take this fight to the ground in order to avoid the striking power of Aldana.
Elsewhere on the card, unbeaten Alexa Grasso (6-0) takes on exciting strawweight Mizuki Inoue (8-3) in what looks to be a fight of the night contender.
20-year-old Inoue is a submission expert and the Japanese fighter owns one of the most vicious armbars in the strawweight division with six of her eight wins coming by way of submission in total.
Grasso, also representing Mexico, boasts four TKO/KO wins in a classic striker vs grappler match up.
These young fighters are certainly two to keep an eye on and will no doubt have a huge future ahead of them, regardless of the outcome of the bout.
On to the main event, and Cris “Cyborg” (12-1) looks to defend her Invicta featherweight title against Charmaine Tweet (6-4)
Tweet (37) is looking to upset all the odds by relieving the Brazilian of her title.
Tweet’s credentials are a mixed bag however, the Canadian has five submission victories to her name.
Her coaches will be well aware that Cyborg’s only loss has come by way of submission.
It is certainly easier said than done and getting the champion to the mat will be no easy feat.
Cyborg has ten finishes to her name and is on the back of six TKO victories and looks to add a seventh consecutive one to her repertoire in order to retain her featherweight title.
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Shane Saunders, Pundit Arena
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