2014 has been a big year for Invicta FC, Mixed Martial Arts biggest all female organization. Having inked a deal with the UFC back in June, this Saturday, Invicta FC 8 will stream live on UFC Fight Pass and Shannon Knapp, President of Invicta FC, knows that they are ready for all that comes with that.
“Invicta is growing incredibly fast,” said Knapp. “The partnership we have with the UFC is a big value to us here.”
In addition to the Invicta/UFC marriage, the newest installment of MMA’s realty show, The Ultimate Fighter starts up again in a few weeks and for the first time the cast is all female, most of whom were made stars under the Invicta FC banner. “These women don’t all get this opportunity,” explained Knapp. “So they make great use of it when they step into that cage.”
Even if you aren’t a fan of MMA, you can’t deny the exposure that Invicta is getting lately in mainstream media. Current Invicta FC Atomweight champion, Michelle Waterson was on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior in late June, and although her time was short lived on the show, the impact was great for the organization. “It’s always fun to see Invicta appear places that a majority of people aren’t expecting,” said Knapp. “It just shows that we are growing and seeing it makes it feel more real.”
Waterson is the main event for this weekend’s card as well and Knapp is very confident that her opponent, Japan’s Yasuko Tamada, will put on a great fight. “Tamada has never been finished and is very disciplined,” said Knapp. “She wants to take that belt back to Japan.”
Invicta FC 8 being on UFC Fight Pass this weekend is well deserved for Knapp and her company. Being only around for two years, Knapp has quickly fought an uphill battle to make her company and everyone under it something special.
“Everything in life worth having is a climb,” explained Knapp. “You have to remember the fans and keep making it better and better for them.”
Shannon had one last message for the few people that still haven’t taken the time to watch Invicta FC. “For the fans that have not seen an Invicta card yet, I strongly urge you to watch one,” said Knapp. “If you give me two or three minutes of your time to tune in and check out one of these shows, you will not be disappointed.”
Invicta FC 8: Waterson vs Tamada is Saturday, September 6th, live on UFC Fight Pass digital streaming service at 7pm CDT, 8pm ET.