While she actively campaigned for a bout in the UFC against Cristiane Justino, it looks like Megan Anderson will defend her Invicta Fighting Championships featherweight crown in her next appearance.
The all-female promotion confirmed that Anderson will face Helena Kolesnyk in the Invicta FC 24 headliner on July 15 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The card will be streamed in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Anderson claimed the interim 145-pound belt with a second-round TKO of Charmaine Tweet at Invicta FC 21 on Jan. 14. She was then promoted to undisputed champion when “Cyborg” vacated the belt to pursue a run in the UFC’s newly-formed women’s featherweight division. The 27-year-old Australian has won four straight under the Invicta FC banner, all by knockout or technical knockout.
Kolesnyk, 27, will enter her Invicta debut with a 5-0 record with one no contest. The Ukraine native has finished all five of her victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission.
"Megan has been on quite a roll over the last two years, establishing herself as a dominant featherweight and building a passionate fanbase here in Kansas City," Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp said in a release. "We're only looking to book competitive match-ups in this division, so being able to bring in an accomplished striker like Helena is very exciting."