Invicta FC 39 Set for Feb. 7; Jinh Yu Frey-Ashley Cummins 2 Headlines for Atomweight Belt

By Jay Pettry Jan 2, 2020

Invicta Fighting Championships is kicking off the year with Invicta FC 39 on Feb. 7 in Kansas City, Kansas.

On Thursday, the organization announced via press release that its next event will be taking place on Feb. 7 at the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. The card will be headlined by an atomweight championship bout as Jinh Yu Frey (8-4) looks to defend her 105-pound strap in a rematch with Ashley Cummins (7-4). The two first met at Invicta FC 24, and Frey took home a decision win that later earned her another title shot.

Frey recently suffered a decision loss at the hands of former Rizin Fighting Federation atomweight queen Ayaka Hamasaki at Rizin 16 in June. Had Frey prevailed, she would have become the first two-promotion champion between Invicta and Rizin. Prior to her defeat to Hamasaki, Frey took a pair of decision wins over Minna Grusander to earn and defend the atomweight strap in 2018.

Since dropping the match against Frey in July 2017, "Smashley" Cummins has rebounded with two decision victories over Stephanie Alba and Jessica Correa Delboni to gain her first crack at the title. The former strawweight dropped down to 105 pounds in March 2017, and has won three of her bout bouts in the division, with that lone defeat to Frey.

Serving in the co-main event will be a flyweight title eliminator between ex-Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Pearl Gonzalez (10-4) and Phoenix Series 2 tournament victor Miranda Maverick (6-2). Gonzalez bounced from of an unsuccessful flyweight championship campaign by capturing a unanimous verdict over Brogan Walker-Sanchez in October, while Maverick won three bouts in one night -- including two one-round exhibitions -- to take the tournament crown.

Invicta FC 39 Lineup:

Atomweight Title: Jinh Yu Frey vs. Ashley Cummins
Flyweight: Pearl Gonzalez vs. Miranda Maverick
Flyweight: Mariya Agapova vs. Daiana Torquato
Atomweight: Alesha Zappitella vs. Kelly D'Angelo
Flyweight: Erin Blanchfield vs. Victoria Leonardo
Atomweight: Jillian DeCoursey vs. Linda Mihalec
Bantamweight: Kristina Pettigrew vs. TBA

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