Flyweight, Strawweight Championship Bouts Top Invicta FC 43 Lineup on Nov. 20

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 2, 2020


Two title belts will be up for grabs at Invicta Fighting Championships 43.

The promotion announced Wednesday that Invicta FC 43 will be headlined by a showdown for the vacant flyweight championship between Pearl Gonzalez and Erin Blanchfield, while Emily Ducote and Montserrat Ruiz will vie for strawweight gold in the evening’s co-main event.

Invicta FC 43 takes place on Nov. 20 in Kansas City and will stream on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The event takes place behind closed doors and will utilize open scoring. Additional bouts will be announced in the coming weeks.

A two-time UFC veteran, Gonzalez previously challenged for the flyweight crown at Invicta FC 34, where she fell to Vanessa Porto via technical decision. “The Chi-Town Princess” rebounded to outpoint Brogan Walker-Sanchez at Invicta FC 37 before dropping a unanimous verdict to Miranda Maverick at Invicta FC 39.

Blanchfield has been victorious in six of her first seven professional outings. Thus far in 2020, the Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu product has defeated Victoria Leonardo via second-round head kick at Invicta FC 39 and earned a three-round verdict over Walker-Sanchez at Invicta FC 41.

Ducote came up short in her first bid for flyweight gold, losing a split decision against Kanako Murata – who has since signed with the UFC -- at Invicta FC 38. She rebounded in her most recent appearance, taking a decision over Juliana Lima at Invicta FC 40.

Ruiz claimed her first promotional triumph at Invicta FC 41, where she tapped out Janaisa Morandin in the opening stanza of their headlining clash. The Kings MMA product has been victorious in nine of her first 10 professional appearances, with her lone setback coming to Danielle Taylor in her Invicta debut.

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