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Invicta FC 45: Helen Peralta vs. Elise Pone added

January’s Invicta FC 45 event now has a new co-main event and two replacement bouts.

Courtney King (4-2-0)  and Ramona Pascual (5-2-0) will now clash in the co-main event slot, replacing Claire Guthrie ad Lauren Mueller, who have been pulled.

Hilarie Rose and Emily Whitmire have also been scratched from the card, so two additional bouts have been added.

Helen Peralta (4-2-0) and Elise Pone (1-0-0) will meet at flyweight with the previously announced addition of Tabitha Watkins (3-3-0) and Katie Saull (3-5-0) rounding out the changes.

Peralta, 33, is looking to build off a decision win over Caitlin Simmons in her last bout at Invicta FC 44 last August.

Pone, 30, scored an impressive TKO win over Chrissy Yandolli in her debut back in May.

The card, Invicta’s first of the year, still features the atomweight title rematch of Alesha Zappitella (9-2-0, 1NC) and Jessica Delboni (11-3-0).

The full card is now:

Atomweight Title: Alesha Zappitella vs. Jéssica Delboni
Featherweight: Courtney King vs. Ramona Pascual
Bantamweight: Monica Franco vs. Hailey Cowan
Flyweight: Helen Peralta vs. Elise Pone
Atomweight: Tabatha Watkins vs. Katie Saull
Bantamweight: Maria Favela vs. Sarah Kleczka

The card will be simulcast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Invicta FC’s YouTube channel and MMAJunkie.


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

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