Invicta Fighting Championships has announced a replacement for undefeated Indian fighter Manjit Kolekar at Invicta FC 18: Grasso vs. Esquibel on Friday, July 29.
Kolekar was forced from the card due to via issues. In her place, 21-year-old Japanese phenom MIZUKI (11-4) will enter the strawweight match-up with with veteran Lynn ‘Lights Out’ Alvarez (6-3).
MIZUKI enters the contest having won three straight, including back-to-back wins via armbar. She last competed at Invicta FC 15, submitting veteran Lacey Schuckman en route to “Performance of the Night” honors.
Invicta FC 18 streams live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass at 9 p.m. ET from the historic Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City. The event is headlined by unbeaten strawweight phenom Alexa Grasso (7-0) taking on Jackson-Wink MMA product Jodie Esquibel (5-1).
In the co-main event, Grasso’s teammate, former bantamweight title challenger Irene Aldana (6-2) welcomes 22-year-old Brazilian prospect Taila Santos (13-0) to the promotion.
The updated fight card for Invicta FC 18 can be found below:
Strawweight: Alexa Grasso (7-0) vs. Jodie Esquibel (5-1)
Bantamweight: Irene Aldana (6-2) vs. Taila Santos (13-0)
Flyweight: Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (7-0) vs Claudia Rey (6-0)
Bantamweight: Cindy Dandois (6-2) vs. Jessamyn Duke (3-4, 1 NC)
Featherweight: Megan Anderson (6-2) vs. Peggy Morgan (4-3)
Atomweight: Tessa Simpson (4-1) vs. Simona Soukupova (5-3-1)
Strawweight: MIZUKI (11-4) vs. Lynn Alvarez (6-3)
Bantamweight: Aspen Ladd (3-0) vs. Jessica Hoy (1-0)
Bantamweight: Sijara Eubanks (1-1) vs. Amberlynn Orr (0-0)
Tickets for Invicta FC 18: Grasso vs. Esquibel, available for $100, $75, $50, $40, and $30, are on sale now at CageTix.com.
For more information, visit InvictaFC.com.