ONE Championship will soon return to live action.
Monday, the Associated Press reported that the MMA promotion based out of Singapore will return on July 31 for ONE Championship 110: No Surrender live from Bangkok on BR Live inside the United States.
ONE Championship has not held a live show since late February due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and will become the third major MMA promotion in the world to resume live events.
The UFC has held at least one live card almost every week since May 9, and INVICTA Fighting Championships, today’s focus, will hold its first show in about four months later this week.
Speaking of INVICTA, onward to today’s topic:
INVICTA FC 40:
Flashback: March 6, 2020.
Women’s MMA promotion INVICTA Fighting Championships holds its Phoenix Series 3 event, a single-night, eight-contender tournament in its Bantamweight division highlighted by a Bantamweight title fight in the main event.
At the time, INVICTA FC had been scheduled to return for INVICTA FC 40 on May 29 live on UFC Fight Pass.
Less than a week after INVICTA FC Phoenix Series 3, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus as a pandemic, forcing every sports league and promotion currently in-season at the time to go on pause, and in the case of the NCAA, cancel all remaining athletic events for the year.
The May 29 date for INVICTA FC 40 was postponed and rescheduled for this Thursday, July 2.
116 days removed from its last event, INVICTA FC is ready to return.
It does so Thursday on UFC Fight Pass (8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT) with a five-fight card, highlighted by a three-round non-title main event between Emily Ducote (8-6) and Juliana Lima (10-6) in the Strawweight division.
But also, it does so on Thursday inside Kansas City’s Memorial Hall without fans in tow in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Ducote vs. Lima:
Heading into the Thursday night main event, Juliana Lima is the taller contestant, standing 5-foot-5, three inches taller than Emily Ducote’s 5-foot-2 frame.
How they got here:
Both fighters enter this contest with 2-3 records in their last five fights, both coming off losses last time out.
Emily Ducote saw her two-match winning streak end last time at the hands of Kanako Murata by split decision in INVICTA FC 38 on Nov. 1, 2019 on UFC Fight Pass.
In the other corner, Juliana Lima was defeated by current UFC talent Brianna van Buren via unanimous decision in the initial INVICTA FC Phoenix Rising Series last year in the tournament’s semifinal round.
Brianna van Buren ultimately became the tournament champion later that night.
The Tale of the Tape:
Tapology shows that Lima owns a 1.5-inch reach advantage (65.5 inches to 64 inches) heading into the main event over Ducote.
Prediction: Juliana Lima by unanimous decision.
Other fights on Thursday night’s card include:
Co-main event: Alesha Zappitella (6-2) vs. Lindsey VanZandt (7-3) [Atomweight]
Chelsea Chandler (2-1) vs. Olivia Parker (4-0) [Featherweight]
Parker was supposed to fight Claire Guthrie (1-0) on this card before she withdrew from the event.
Trisha Cicero (3-3) vs. Laura Gallardo (2-0) [Flyweight]
Genia Goodin (1-0) vs. Shelby Koren (debut) [Strawweight]
DeAnna Bennett (10-6-1) vs. Victoria Leonardo (6-2) [Flyweight] was canceled at Wednesday’s weigh-in due to a failed weight cut by Bennett.