Alexa Grasso will challenge for Invicta FC gold in September. | TJ De Santis/Sherdog.com
Livia Renata Souza will make her first 115-pound title defense against Mexican prospect Alexa Grasso at Invicta Fighting Championships 14.
Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp announced the matchup during Invicta FC 13 stream on Thursday night. Invicta FC 14 will take place in Kansas City on Sept. 12 and airs on UFC Fight Pass.
Souza submitted Katja Kankaanpaa with a fourth-round triangle choke in the Invicta 12 main event on April 24 to capture the 115-pound strap. The 24-year-old Brazilian is 8-0 as a professional and has finished seven of her opponents via submission. Souza’s win over Kankaanpaa marked her first MMA bout outside of Brazil.
Grasso, 21, is 3-0 under the Invicta banner. Most recently, the Lobo Gym product scored a unanimous verdict over Mizuki Inoue at Invicta FC 11 on Feb. 27. Grasso also owns victories against Alida Gray and Ashley Cummins within the all-female promotion. Four of her seven professional triumphs have come via knockout or technical knockout.