Invicta 9 takes place in Iowa, USA on November 1, 2014 and will be streamed live on UFC FightPass. The main and co-main events will feature two of Japan’s top female fighters.
In the main event, Deep Jewels Middleweight Champion Takayo Hashi will return Stateside to challenge for Barb Honchak’s Flyweight title. Hashi’s record reads like a who’s who of women’s MMA, and she holds victories over notables Hitomi Akano, Amanda Buckner and recent UFC TUF veteran Roxanne Modafferi. Hashi’s previous bouts overseas have seen her fiercely contending but coming up short against the rankers Cat Zingano, Tara LaRosa, and Sarah Kaufman. All fights were for championships and in 2 out of 3 of those matches, Hashi went the full 5 rounds.
Asia MMA interviewed Hashi before her recent ROAD FC fight. In the interview here, she revealed that she doesn’t remember her fights because she’s living in the moment, learning on the go. Hashi also talks about the difficulties that exist in women’s MMA, and gives advice to other females trying to make it in the sport. Hashi says her reason for doing MMA is simple,
“It’s freedom. Doing it is freedom. If I want to strike, it’s okay, if I want to takedown, it’s okay. Or I can finish by armbar, I can. It’s freedom.”
Honchak will be defending her title for the second time against Hashi. It will be a tough battle for Hashi, and fans can almost expect a grueling 5-round war from the #6-ranked pound-for-pound female MMA fighter by women’s MMA specialist MMARising.com.
Mizuki Inoue will make her second trip out of Japan to fight for the right to challenge Katja Kankaanpää for the Strawweight title. Inoue is a huge prodigy in the sport of MMA, having become the DEEP Jewels Lightweight Champ and the first Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup 53.5 champ all within the space of 4 years, and before she hit 20! The karate striker has honed her skills to be one of the most crisp boxers on the scene.
Inoue will meet KSW champion Karolina Kowalkiewicz, a strong grappler and 9 years older. That shouldn’t faze Inoue though, as almost all of her opponents have outweighed her in experience.
Check out this Q&A that Invicta compiled ahead of Inoue’s fight. She talks about developing her punching power, and answers a lot of questions about her personal life.