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Shafir, Leibrock to kick off 4th annual International Fight Week in Las Vegas

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After recording a record of 5-0 with 5 1st round finishes (sound like someone we know?) during her amateur career, Marina Shafir began her pro career last April with some thinking she may be the one to end featherweight queen’s historic run. Not so fast.

In her pro debut, it would be more of the same from Shafir. Needing just under 2 minutes to nab another armbar victory, it appeared that it’d be smooth sailing for “The Supernova from Moldova”. Then, Amanda Bell happened. A naughty counter left hook from “The Lady Killer” spelled the beginning of the end for Shafir, who would then immediately go into killer instinct mode to make sure her opponent would not be able to recover. Due to Shafir’s unconscious state, referee John McCarthy would be forced to stop the fight at the 37 second marker of the opening round.

Bell would move on to take on Faith Van Duin at Invicta FC 12 where she would be submitted in the 2nd round. In hindsight, this title eliminator of sorts would boost Van Duin to headliner status. Whether or not that’s a good thing is debatable considering her opposition. Van Duin will take on Cris ‘Cyborg’ tomorrow night in the main event of Invicta FC 13 for a crack at the killing machine’s featherweight title and a chance to pull off one of the biggest upsets in MMA history.

Shafir will open up the card, and International Fight Week, when she takes on Amber Leibrock – one of 4 American’s on the 7 fight card. It’ll be Leibrock’s pro debut following a solid amateur career that ended with 3 consecutive victories. She’ll enter the contest as a +250 underdog.

Following the first loss of her MMA career, Shafir enters the contest as a -300 favorite. Here’s a look at Shafir and Leibrock’s first face-to-face meeting via Invicta FC’s photographer Esther Lin.

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Shafir and Leibrock will kick off tomorrow nights festivities at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT inside of Las Vegas’ The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan and live on UFC Fight Pass

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Invicta FC 29 ‘Kaufman vs. Lehner’ event results

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Invicta FC 29

May 4, 2018
Scottish Rite Temple
Kansas City, MO
@InvictaFights

Strawweight Bout
Helen Peralta (2-0) defeats Cheyanne Vlismas (1-1) via UD (30-27, 29-28 x 2)

Featherweight Bout
Macy Chiasson (2-0) defeats Allison Schmidt (1-1) via UD (30-27 x 3)

Bantamweight Bout
Lisa Spangler (1-0) defeats Sarah Kleczka (1-1) via UD (29-28 x 3)

Flyweight Bout
Liz Tracy (5-2) defeats Cheri Muraski (4-3) via UD (29-28, 30-27 x 2)

Bantamweight Bout
Marciea Allen (7-2) defeats Julia Avila (4-1) via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 0:49

Catchweight Bout (126.3 lbs)
Pearl Gonzalez (8-3) defeats Barbara Acioly (4-3) via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:30

Catchweight Bout (139.6 lbs)
Pannie Kianzad (9-3) defeats Bianca Daimoni (7-3) via UD (30-27 x 3)

Bantamweight Main Event
Sarah Kaufman (20-4) defeats Katharina Lehner (7-1) via submission (RNC) – Round 3, 4:30 to become the new Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion

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Invicta FC 29 ‘Kaufman vs. Lehner’ weigh-in video replay

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Here is your video replay and written results (for your convenience) from today’s weigh-in ahead of tomorrow night’s Invicta FC 29 event out of the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, MO.

Bantamweight Main Event
Sarah Kaufman (133.7) vs. Katharina Lehner (135)

Catchweight Bout (139.6 lbs)
Pannie Kianzad (134.8) vs. Bianca Daimoni (139.6)*

Catchweight Bout (126.3 lbs)
Pearl Gonzalez (123.8) vs. Barbara Acioly (126.3)*

Bantamweight Bout
Julia Avila (135.8) vs. Marciea Allen (135.8)

Flyweight Bout
Liz Tracy (125.1) vs. Cheri Muraski (125.6)

Bantamweight Bout
Sarah Kleczka (133.8) vs. Lisa Spangler (134.5)

Featherweight Bout
Allison Schmidt (145.1) vs. Macy Chiasson (144.7)

Strawweight Bout
Helen Peralta (115.6) vs. Cheyanne Vlismas (115.7)

* Both fighters will be forced to forfeit 25% of their purse due to failure to make weight

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Invicta FC 28 ‘Mizuki vs. Jandiroba’ weigh-in

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Welcome to the official weigh-in event for Invicta FC 28 ‘Mizuki vs. Jandiroba’, where UFC middleweight beefcake Elias Theodorou with be presiding as your official Invicta FC ring boy.

As for the fights, the vacant strawweight title will be on the line as both Mizuki Inoue and Virna Jandiroba have made weight for their main event tilt. Only one fighter, Invicta vet DeAnna Bennett, missed the mark on the scale ahead of tomorrow night’s event out of Salt Lake City, Utah. She’ll be forced to forfeit 20% of her purse but her fight with Karina Rodriguez will move forward as a catchweight bout.

Check out the full weigh-in results for Invicta FC 28 ‘Mizuki vs Jandiroba’ below and make sure to tune in live to UFC Fight Pass tomorrow, March 24th, beginning at 9 p.m. to catch all of the action as it unfolds.

Tracy Cortez (124.7) vs. Kaytlin Neil (125.5)

Jillian DeCoursey (106) vs. Rebekah Levine (104.9)

Chelsea Chandler (135.7) vs. Kerri Kenneson (135.7)

Kay Hansen (115.3) vs. Kal Schwartz (115.6)

Minna Grusander (105.8) vs. Fernanda Priscila (105.9)

Pearl Gonzalez (pictured) (115.9) vs. Kali Robbins (115.4)

Milana Dudieva (125.9) vs. Christina Marks (124.8)

DeAnna Bennett (127.9*) vs. Karina Rodriguez (125.2)

Mizuki Inoue (113.9) vs. Virna Jandiroba (115) – Strawweight Title Bout

* – Bennett will be forced to forfeit 20% of her purse for missing the weight limit

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