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Invicta FC 24: Tonya Evinger moves up to 145 to face Helena Kolesnyk

Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger (19-5-0, 1NC) will move up to featherweight and welcome undefeated Ukrainian Helena Kolesnyk (5-0-0, 1NC) to the cage at Invicta FC 24 July 15.

Previously, former featherweight champ Megan Anderson was originally scheduled to face Kolesnyk, but her opportunity to fight for the UFC’s featherweight belt with Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino at UFC 214 created a vacancy, both for the 145-pound crown and Invicta FC 24’s main event slot.

The matchup is a three-round, non-title affair.

The 36-year-old Evinger has proved dominant as the company’s bantamweight champion, defeating Yana Kunitskaya at Invicta FC 22, part of an 11-fight unbeaten streak.

Kolesnyk, 27, placed third at the World Muay Thai championships in 2015 and has finished all five of her victories.

Invicta FC 24 is scheduled for July 15 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City.

Other bouts include:

Tonya Evinger (19-5-0, 1NC) vs Helena Kolesnyk (5-0-0, 1NC)

Milana Dudieva (11-5-0) vs Mara Romero Borella (10-4-0, 1NC)

Yana Kunitskaya (9-3-0, 1NC) vs Raquel Pa’aluhi (6-5-0)

Jinh Yu Frey (5-2-0) vs Ashley Cummins (5-3-0)

Barbara Acioly (4-0-0)vs Karina Rodeiguez (4-2-0)

Amy Coleman (2-1-0) vs Felicia Spencer (2-0-0)

Sunna Daviosdottir (2-0-0) vs Kelly D’Angelo (2-0-0)

Mallory Martin (1-1-0) vs Tiffany Masters (2-0-0)


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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