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Invicta FC 39: Jinh Yu Frey defends atomweight belt against Ashley Cummins

Can Frey defend the belt and beat Cummins for the second consecutive time?

Atomweight champion Jinh Yu Frey will attempt to defend her crown against No. 1 Ashley Cummins at February’s Invicta FC 39 event in Kansas City.

Frey, 35, defeated Cummins by decision previously at Invicta FC 24 in July 2017. She has won her past two bouts in the company, but is coming off a decision loss to Ayaka Hamasaki at Rizin 16 in June 2019.

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Heading into 2020 ✌️ To be completely honest, 2019 felt like a stagnant year for me. Maybe being a driven person can be a double edged sword sometimes. Without any major successes, the year can’t help but feel like a failure. I didn’t bring a belt home from Japan and I didn’t even make it to the fight to bring home another Invicta belt. For the first time I’ve had a string of injuries that have plagued me and some major emotionally draining things in my personal life. I think my only success this year was taming a feral dog 😆. Not every year can top the last or be your best yet. As much as I want it and work towards it, life has a way of tempering my patience. So, peace out to 2019. I’ll take it on the chin and head into 2020 with my shoulders squared and ready to work.

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Cummins (7-4-0), 32, has reeled off two decision wins after losing to Frey in 2017. She will have the home field advantage once again in this rematch.

The co-main event features flyweights Miranda Maverick (6-2-0), winner of Phoenix Series 2, and former UFC contender Pearl Gonzalez (10-4-0). The winner gets closer to a potential title shot with champion Vanessa Porto.

Invicta FC 39 is scheduled for Feb. 7 at the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. It will stream live exclusively on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 7 p.m. CT. Other bouts include:

Atomweight Title: Jinh Yu Frey vs. Ashley Cummins
Flyweight: Pearl Gonzalez vs. Miranda Maverick
Flyweight: Mariya Agapova vs. Daiana Torquato
Atomweight: Alesha Zappitella vs. Kelly D’Angelo
Flyweight: Erin Blanchfield vs. Victoria Leonardo
Atomweight: Jillian DeCoursey vs. Linda Mihalec
Bantamweight: Tina Pettigrew vs. TBA

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