Invicta FC 29 goes down this Friday from the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri. The eight-fight card will feature a former Strikerforce titleholder, multiple UFC veterans, and a pair of Pacific Northwest standouts in Liz Tracy and Lisa Spangler. Invicta FC has long been a supporter of the Pacific Northwest so it is no surprise that they are bringing in two of Portland’s top WMMA fighters. For Tracy, this will be her second fight with the promotion while Spangler will be making her promotional debut. This card is action packed from top to bottom and features a title fight for the vacant bantamweight championship in the evening’s main event.
Below is the fight card as it stands
- Sarah Kaufman vs. Katharina Lehner – for vacant bantamweight title
- Bianca Daimoni vs. Pannie Kianzad
- Barbara Acioly vs. Pearl Gonzalez
- Marciea Allen vs. Julia Avila
- Cheri Muraski vs. Liz Tracy
- Sarah Kleczka vs. Lisa Spangler
- Macy Chiasson vs. Allison Schmidt
- Helen Peralta vs. Cheyanne Vlismas
Lisa “The Strangler” Spangler is not your average MMA fighter. She is used to competing in male dominated sports, she’s done it her whole life. If she wasn’t playing football she was wrestling and by the time she was a teen she transitioned into martial arts and never looked back. With a life long passion for competing this shy, anime loving, Dungeons and Dragons playing fighter found a perfect way to express herself. She has spent years training with Gracie Barra Portland but has also developed a good Muay Thai background working with Tiger Muay Thai, and trains regularly with noted boxing coach Rudy Garza. All that Muay Thai and boxing has turned “The Strangler” into one heck of a striker and the word on the street is that she wants this fight to stay on the feet (not that she wouldn’t gladly take it to the ground). Her opponent, Sarah Kleczka won her Invicta FC debut last August in a hard fought battle that saw her walk away with the split decision victory. That said, Kleczka showed in that fight that she has some pretty glaring holes in her game and they are ones that Spangler will likely look to exploit. Kleczka struggled a bit in the clinch and her striking was rather rudimentary and this bad news when you consider Spangler’s Muay Thai and boxing. Kleczka has been out for roughly nine months and almost certainly worked to address those deficiencies. That said this could be a dominant performance for Spangler in her debut.
Liz Tracy is no stranger to the Invicta cage. This will be her second fight for the promotion and she is looking to make it 4-1 in her last five fights with a win on Friday night. Her lone loss in that run was her Invicta debut in which she lost a narrow split decision to current UFC flyweight, Andrea Lee. Tracy has shown over her career that she is well rounded and will gladly go anywhere the fight takes her. Working with Nathan Orchard and Phil Schwartz at 10th Planet Portland has pushed Tracy’s jiu jitsu game to great heights and her major advantage will likely be on the ground in this one. Her opponent Cheri Muraski also has a strong submission game but has shown that she is susceptible to triangle chokes and has some trouble with heavy top pressure. This fight is actually rather well matched and could go either way. Look for Tracy to try and dominate with her strong top game.
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