On Friday, the calendar turns to November. As the calendar turns and the weather outside cools, make no mistake: Ladies and gentlemen, the action in the sport of mixed martial arts is just heating up.
The packed MMA weekend continues Friday night with women’s MMA promotion INVICTA Fighting Championships and INVICTA FC 38 from Kansas City, KS’s Memorial Hall. As always, UFC Fight Pass will stream wall-to-wall coverage of this week’s INVICTA FC event on Friday at 8 p.m. EDT, 7 p.m. CDT, 5 p.m. PDT.
In total, INVICTA FC 38 features seven MMA contests, highlighted by a contest for the INVICTA FC Strawweight Championship between Kanako Murata (10-1) and Emily Ducote (8-5).
Initially, there was to have been an INVICTA FC Flyweight title fight between Vanessa Porto (21-8) and Karina Rodriguez (8-3).
While those two will still meet, it’s now a three-round catchweight. Rodriguez missed the flyweight maximum of 125 lbs. at Thursday’s weigh-in.
Porto made weight for the fight.
INVCTA FC Strawweight Championship: Kanako Murata vs. Emily Ducote
Heading into Friday night’s co-main event, Emily Ducote is the taller contestant at 5-foot-2, an inch taller than Kanako Murata at 5-foot-1.
Kanako Murata has gone 5-0 in her last five fights, most recently scoring a first-round submission via rear-naked choke against Liana Pirosin during INVICTA FC 35 on June 7 on UFC Fight Pass in her first INVICTA FC appearance.
In the other corner, Emily Ducote has gone 2-3 in her last five MMA appearances and enters this fight on a two-match winning streak. Last time out, she scored a first-round knockout vs. Janaisa Morandin in INVICTA FC 36 in August on UFC Fight Pass in her first INVICTA appearance.
The Tale of the Tape
Tapology shows that Emily Ducote has a two-inch reach advantage (64 inches to 62 inches) heading into this co-main event.
Prediction: Kanako Murata by first-round submission.
Five other fights make up INVICTA FC 38’s main card
Mallory Martin (5-2) vs. Cynthia Arceo (5-1-1) [Strawweight]
Shanna Young (6-2) vs. Maiju Suotama (8-4) [Flyweight]
Lisa Verzosa (4-0) vs. Kerri Kenneson (3-1) [Bantamweight]
Shaianna Rincon (2-0) vs. Auttumn Norton (0-1) [Featherweight]
Serena DeJesus (1-0) vs. Taneisha Tennant (1-0) [Bantamweight]
INVICTA FC 38 at a Glance
Card: Friday, 8 p.m. EDT, 7 p.m. CDT, 5 p.m. PDT, UFC Fight Pass
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