The UFC recently made their way over to Invicta FC and basically snatched up their entire straw weight line up for the new installment of “The Ultimate Figher”. However, it seems that there are many more rowdy females ready to step into a cage and duke it out!
The UFC not only took some fighters from Invicta. They managed to take the number 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 14 ranked female straw weights in the world according to Lau’s report. But don’t fret, apparently the world is full of strong, young, women at straw weight that are ready to throw down.
Here is a list of the newly added straw weights:
Herica Tiburcio, age 22- The extremely petite Tiburcio (standing at only 4ft 11in) is a feisty girl who has been known to take on much bigger fighters in her division. Tiburcio could easily have a bright future in the 105lbs division is she decided to drop weight. Tiburcio is credited in having a fantastic cardio game and for being explosive in the scramble. Her only two losses by way of No. 2 ranked Cluadie Gadelha and by Camila Lima. Both fighters have quite the size advantage against Tiburcio. This is an exciting addition into the Invicta FC roster, and the type of fighter that appeals to the American audience.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz, age 28- Kowalkiewicz has a relatively large fan base both in Poland and on Facebook. She currently has over 15,000 likes on Facebook. A considerable amount for a fighter that hasn’t been in the public eye very often. Compared to other female fighters with more exposure such as Jessica Eye who has 12,000 likes, it seems that Kowalkiewicz is doing something right, and may very well be a big draw for Invicta FC. Kowalkiewicz’s striking skills are up to par but it is her ground work that we need to keep an eye on with significant grappling and ground and pound skills.
Livia Renata Souza, age 23- Another one of the younger prospects entering Invicta FC, Souza is currently 5-0 in her MMA career. However, what is in question for Souza is how well has she been tested. Lau called her a “fun grappler to watch” saying that she can be dominated in the first and come back in the second with a come from behind submission victory. A young up and comer that is going to have to prove her worthiness against some stiff competition.
Ashley Greenway, age 29-30- According to Lau, Greenway is the least impressive of the newly signed as she isn’t “too athletically coordinated, quick, or technically sound”. She recently lost to Tecia Torres. Not a huge surprise as Torres has proven herself to a be force in the women’s straw weight division with victories over Paige van Zant and Felice Herrig. Her debut under the Invicta FC banner will make for her first pro bout. Greenway hasn’t fought since 2012. Plenty of time to sharpen her skills before entering the demanding world of MMA. It will be interesting to see how she fairs when the time comes.
Here is your line up for new talent in the straw weight division! Thanks so much to Eriksson Lau at Bloodyelbow.com for the compilation and reviews of the fighters!Tags: Ashley Greenway, Herica Tiburcio, invicta fc, Invicta FC straw weight division, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Livia Renata Souza