Monday, March 25, 2013

Injuries turn Invicta FC5 into musical chairs

There have been several changes in the card for the Apr. 5 Invicta show. They announced the last of those changes today and the result is there are now 13 matches instead of 14. Injuries happen but these injuries just show how weak the 145lb division is. There is very little depth in that weight class. the first change was when Nicdali Calanoc-Rivera dropped out of her fight against Cassie Rodish. Cassie's new opponent is Brit Simona Soukoupova. Her record is 3-2-1. I have seen her a few times. She is OK. She's 35 years old so the age to experience level is not favourable. Then Amanda Nunes suffered an elbow injury and dropped out of her fight against Kaitlin Young. Kaitlin's new opponent is Lauren Taylor. Lauren is from Alaska. Her record is 5-0 but this will be her first fight outside Alaska. All her wins have been by TKO but Kaitlin is a big step up in competition for her. Then things got crazy. Ediane Gomes suffered a rib injury and pulled out of her match against Cris Cyborg. Aussie Fiona Muxlow was already on the show and will face Cyborg. This change really hurts the show as Fiona has no business being in the same hemisphere as Cyborg. Fiona was supposed to fight Julia Budd so now they had to find a new opponent for her. Invicta announced today that Veronica Rothenhausler dropped out of her fight and her opponent, Mollie Estes, will face Julia Budd. Mollie lost to Randi Miller on the first Invicta show. She's a club fighter. It looks like Invicta needs to start beating the bushes for 145lb fighters. Some of these girls aren't very good. Hmmm. I wonder if they offered the Cyborg fight to Julia Budd first. Probably not that it matters. This show will once again be on iPPV and Invicta is stupidly trusting that nothing will go wrong at Ustream. They will probably lose that bet. I won't be home that night. I am going to see jazz musician Esperanza Spalding at Massey Hall in downtown Toronto.

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