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Invicta FC 45: Alesha Zappitella defends atomweight belt in rematch against Jessica Delboni

Alesha Zappitella will defend her atomweight strap against a familiar opponent in Brazilian Jessica Delboni at Invicta FC 45 in January 2022.

After Zappitella (9-2-0, 1NC) won a split-decision victory at Invicta FC 44 in May, Delboni (11-3-0) won the Phoenix Tournament to regain the No. 1 contender status.

“We are always looking for new ways to showcase our athletes and having events on Wednesdays will put the spotlight directly on them,” Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp said in a press release: “The rematch between Zappitella and Delboni is a perfect way to kick off the action on our new night.”

In the co-main event, Claire Guthrie (3-1-0) takes on Laura Mueller (5-4-0) in a bantamweight bout.

Invicta FC 45 is scheduled for Jan. 12 in Kansas City. The event will be held behind closed doors to follow COVID-19 protocols.

The fight card is:

Atomweight Title: Alesha Zappitella vs. Jéssica Delboni
Bantamweight: Claire Guthrie vs. Lauren Mueller
Featherweight: Courtney King vs. Ramona Pascual
Bantamweight: Monica Franco vs. Hailey Cowan
Strawweight: Hilarie Rose vs. Emily Whitmire
Bantamweight: Maria Favela vs. Sarah Kleczka


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

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