Invicta Fighting Championships’ 14th event will no longer be headlined by a bantamweight title fight.
Defending champion Tonya Evinger and unbeaten challenger Pannie Kianzad both missed weight on their first attempts Friday at the official weigh-in, prompting the organization to change the main event to a five-round non-title affair. The show takes place Saturday at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo., and streams live on UFC Fight Pass.
Kianzad missed the bantamweight limit by almost two pounds, as “Sexy Scramble” weighed 136.7 pounds. Evinger also had trouble in hitting the championship weight limit and weighed in at 135.2 after two attempts. After cutting additional weight, Evinger officially tipped the scales at an even 135 pounds.
Evinger will be fined 20 percent of her purse for missing weight on her first trip to the scale. Kianzad, who elected not to cut any additional weight, will have her purse docked by 25 percent.
The co-featured duo of Katja Kankaanpaa and DeAnna Bennett had trouble making the strawweight limit for their encounter as well. Bennett, the unbeaten Utah fighter, looked stressed as she approached the scale and weighed in at 117.4 pounds. Finland’s Kankaanpaa, who is looking to bounce back from a title loss to Livia Renata Souza in April, was able to make weight as she clocked in at 115.6 pounds.
Roxanne Modafferi, who appeared onstage dressed as Kitana from “Mortal Kombat,” easily weighed in at 124.9, making the flyweight limit with little trouble. Her opponent, Brazil’s Mariana Morais, barely made the limit as she came in at 125.9 pounds.
Invicta FC 14 Weigh-in Results
Tonya Evinger (135) vs. Pannie Kianzad (136.7)*
Katja Kankaanpaa (115.6) vs. DeAnna Bennett (117.4)*
Roxanne Modafferi (124.9) vs. Mariana Morais (125.9)
Rachael Ostovich (125.8) vs. Andrea Lee (125)
Cindy Dandois (145.6) vs. Megan Anderson (145.1)
Jamie Moyle (115.6) vs. Sharon Jacobson (116)
Jinh Yu Frey (105.8) vs. Liz McCarthy (105.4)
J.J. Aldrich (115.7) vs. Rosa Acevedo (118.2)*
Aspen Ladd (125.7) vs. Amanda Bobby Cooper (125.1)
Rachel Wiley (155) vs. Felicia Spencer (155.3)
* Fighter missed weight, will be fined 25 percent of purse.