In addition to the strawweight and flyweight title bouts, Invicta Fighting Championships will be crowning their first bantamweight (135) pound champion at Invicta FC 7.
In one corner will be Alaska native Lauren Murphy. In the other is kickboxing turned MMA fighter Miriam Nakamoto.
Although it is rare to see two prospects fight for a major world title, both Murphy and Nakamoto have the skills to a great world champion.
Nakamoto had been an accomplished kick boxer, prior to her transition to MMA. These skills have helped her score three-straight knockouts, though her victory over Jessamyn Duke had been overturned by the Missouri Athletic Commission after it was determined that Nakamoto hit Duke with an illegal knee. Still, Nakamoto has impressed fans in all three of hermatches.
As for Murphy, she comes in to the fight with a perfect 7-0, winning her first five fights by TKO. The competition was a little harder for her when she stepped into the Invicta cage against WMMA legends Kaitlin Young and Sarah D’Alelio and went the distance with both of them. Still, Murphy has defeated two of Invicta’s top 135-pounders, which makes her more than qualified for her title opportunity.
It would not surprise me if this match stayed on the feet as both fighters are primarily strikers though it could go to the ground as they also train in grappling.
There had been doubt that Invicta would establish a 135-pound champion, especially with the rise of the UFC’s Women’s Bantamweight division. I think it is great Invicta is crowning a champion in this weight class. Besides making it so every one of their divisions has a champion, it gives the 135-pound fighters, whether they are prospects or veterans, something to strive for.
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