Invicta FC 14 Gets New Headliner with Tonya Evinger vs. Pannie Kianzad

By Staff Aug 10, 2015
Fresh off a title win, Tonya Evinger will put her new belt on the line. | Photo: Dave Mandel/

Invicta Fighting Championships has been forced to alter the lineup for its September card after losing the previously announced main event.

The organization on Monday announced that top strawweight contender Alexa Grasso suffered an unspecified injury “that limited her ability to train and prepare” for her bout with titleholder Livia Renata Souza. As a result of that fight being postponed, Invicta FC 14 will instead be headlined by a bantamweight title bout between newly crowned champ Tonya Evinger and unbeaten prospect Pannie Kianzad.

Evinger, 34, captured the title on July 9 with a dominant performance against Irene Aldana which led to a fourth-round ground-and-pound stoppage. Currently riding the longest winning streak of her nine-year career, the Missouri native has bested her last seven opponents, finishing three via submission and two via knockout.

Eleven years the junior of her opponent, Sweden’s Kianzad has run up an 8-0 record in three years as a professional. “Sexy Scramble” made her Invicta debut last month, when she earned a unanimous decision over Australian Jessica-Rose Clark.

Invicta also announced the full, 10-fight lineup for the Sept. 12 card, which will stream live on UFC Fight Pass from Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Kan. The show’s co-main event will see former strawweight ace Katja Kankaanpaa attempt to get back on track against undefeated DeAnna Bennett.


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