Invicta FC is preparing to put on their first event on televised pay-per view later this month, but there could be even bigger plans in the promotion’s future. After emerging from a successful stint on the Internet pay-per view model, Invicta FC and president Shannon Knapp deserve a much bigger platform to showcase their impressive product.
Luckily for Invicta and their fans, reports are indicating that Showtime executives are interested in bringing the all-female promotion to their network.
Showtime last aired a mixed martial arts event in January of this year when they played the final Strikeforce show on the network. Since then, Showtime executives are doing their research to see if there is enough of a demand to bring more MMA to television.
“The hesitation right now is really we’re investigating the market,” Showtime’s Showtime Sports Executive Vice President and General Manager Stephen Espinoza said, via MMA Junkie. “The real question is … given the TV landscape as it stands now, the MMA landscape, is there a demand for more MMA on television? I have my doubts because there’s quite a few hours already being programmed.”
While they are doing their research, Esponiza wasn’t shying away from complimenting Invicta FC for the job that they have done.
“(Invicta) knows how to make noise and do good-sized events on a budget,” Espinoza said. “It would be interesting to see what they can do on a bigger platform.”
Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp caught wind of the comments from Espinoza and she was nothing but thankful for the kind words.
“It’s an honor to hear Stephen speak so highly of the Invicta FC product,” Knapp added to the MMA Junkie report. “I’ve worked with Showtime at length at different stages in my career in the MMA business, so I know how talented and committed to success their team is. They are first-rate at what they do, and I feel that a partnership between Showtime and Invicta FC would be a game-changer for our brand and women’s MMA.”
It would be great for mixed martial arts fans to have a way to watch Invicta FC on a much larger platform. It would also help women’s mixed martial arts grow to new levels thanks to the exposure for the fighters that will eventually make the move to the UFC.
Invicta FC’s next event will take place July 13 at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.
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