Cris Cyborg, Marloes Coenen Cleared for Invicta FC 6 Featherweight Title Headliner

By Mike Whitman Jul 12, 2013
Coenen and Cyborg were cleared to square off for 145-pound gold. | Dave Mandel/

Invicta Fighting Championships will officially crown an inaugural featherweight queen on Saturday night, as both Cristiane Justino and Marloes Coenen were cleared at Friday’s Invicta FC 6 weigh-ins.

Better known as “Cyborg,” Justino tipped the scales at 144.9 pounds, while Coenen checked in at an even 145 ahead of their headlining title attraction, which takes place at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Mo. Justino and Coenen first met back in January 2010, when Coenen challenged “Cyborg” for her Strikeforce featherweight title. The Brazilian proved to be the superior combatant that night, as she stopped Coenen on third-round strikes to retain her featherweight strap. The Invicta FC 6 main card airs live on pay-per-view, while the undercard streams for free immediately prior on beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

In addition to the evening’s main event, Saturday’s show will also see four-time Invicta vet Sarah D’Alelio (134.8) lock horns with the undefeated Lauren Taylor (134.8), while Brazilian prospect Jennifer Maia (124.6) squares off with volume puncher Leslie Smith (125.1). Additionally, unbeaten strawweights will collide in the show’s co-headliner, as Claudia Gadelha (114.5) takes on Ayaka Hamasaki (115.3).

Former atomweight champion Jessica Penne (106) came in 0.1 pounds heavy at Friday’s weigh-ins, but the ex-titlist was able to drop the extra weight ahead of her bout with Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc (105.7) Meanwhile, two undercard contests were scrapped after Veronica Rothenhausler was not medically cleared to compete and Livia von Plettenberg (113) stepped on the scale seven pounds overweight.

Invicta FC 6 Weigh-In Results:

Marloes Coenen (145) vs. Cristiane Justino (144.9)
Claudia Gadelha (114.5) vs. Ayaka Hamasaki (115.3)
Sarah D'Alelio (134.8) vs. Lauren Taylor (134.8)
Jennifer Maia (124.6) vs. Leslie Smith (125.1)
Jessica Penne (106)* vs. Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc (105.7)
Joanne Calderwood (115.7) vs. Norma Rueda Center (115.8)
Bec Hyatt (115.5) vs. Mizuki Inoue (113.3)
Miriam Nakamoto (135.5) vs. Duda Yankovich (134.7)
Rose Namajunas (114.7) vs. Tecia Torres (115.6)
Tamikka Brents (155.1)** vs. Ediane Gomes (149)
Ashley Cummins (115.9) vs. Emily Kagan (115.3)
Mollie Estes (144.7) vs. Veronica Rothenhausler (XXX)***
Cassie Robb (105.8) vs. Livia von Plettenberg (113)****
*Penne initially weighed in 0.1 pound over but dropped the remaining weight
**Brents and Gomez were supposed to fight at a 150-pound catchweight, but the fight will now be held at lightweight
***Rothenhausler was not medically cleared to fight prior to the weigh-ins
****Von Plettenberg came in seven pounds overweight and was disqualified from competing


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