This weekend brings with it a championship tripleheader.
On Saturday night, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to ESPN+ pay-per-view with UFC 247 and two championship fights to close the show.
In the UFC 247 co-main attraction, Valentina Shevchenko meets Kaitlyn Chookagian for the UFC’s Women’s Flyweight championship.
UFC 247’s main event sees Jon Jones fighting Dominick Reyes for the UFC’s Light Heavyweight title.
More on UFC 247 later on in the week.
On this day, our focus goes to women’s MMA promotion INVICTA Fighting Championship.
This Friday night at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST, fans of mixed martial arts will get to take a seat and enjoy a seven-fight card from the promotion in its first event of the decade on UFC Fight Pass.
Headlining INVICTA FC 39 this weekend is a five-round title bout in INVICTA’s Atomweight division.
Incumbent titleholder Jihn Yu Frey (8-4) will meet challenger Ashley Cummins (7-4) for the belt in a rematch to close out the show.
Frey and Cummins previously fought against each other in INVICTA FC 24’s co-main event on July 15, 2017 on UFC Fight Pass.
That evening, Jihn Yu Frey defeated Ashley Cummins by unanimous decision.
Heading into Friday night’s main event, both fighters stand level at 5-foot-3.
How they got here:
Champion Jihn Yu Frey has posted a 3-2 record in her last five mixed martial arts appearances.
Last time out, she suffered a defeat by unanimous decision vs. Ayaka Hamasaki in RIZIN 16 on June 2, 2019.
In the other corner, challenger Ashley Cummins has posted a record of 4-1 and enters this fight on a two-fight winning streak.
Most recently, she scored a unanimous decision victory against Jessica Delboni in INVICTA FC 32 on Nov. 16, 2018 on UFC Fight Pass.
The Tale of the Tape:
Tapology shows that champion Jihn Yu Frey has a four-inch reach advantage (65 inches to 61 inches) over challenger Ashley Cummins heading into this contest on Friday night.
Prediction: Jihn Yu Frey by unanimous decision.
Six other fights make up Friday night’s card:
Pearl Gonzalez (10-4) vs. Miranda Maverick (6-2) [Flyweight, co-main event]
Shanna Young (7-2) vs. Daiana Torquato (9-3) [Flyweight]
Alesha Zappitella (5-2) vs. Kelly D’Angelo (4-2) [Atomweight]
Erin Blanchfield (4-1) vs. Victoria Leonardo (6-1) [Flyweight]
Jillian DeCoursey (3-2) vs. Linda Milhalec (2-0) [Atomweight]
Kristina Pettigrew (1-0) vs. Monica Franco (1-0) [Bantamweight]
INVICTA FC 39 at a Glance: (all times Friday)
Card: 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST, UFC Fight Pass
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