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Invicta FC to crown new flyweight champion with Vanessa Porto vs Pearl Gonzalez at Invicta FC 34

The vacant flyweight title will have a new owner come February

Since Jennifer Maia departed to go to the UFC in July 2018, the Invicta FC flyweight title has been championless. Well, to start off 2019 Invicta is going to change that.

Today on Instagram, perennial top 5 flyweight Vanessa Porto (20-8) broke the news that she will be fighting for the vacant title on February 15 in Kansas City, Missouri at Invicta FC 34. Her opponent will be the UFC veteran, “The Chi-Town Princess” Pearl Gonzalez (9-3).

Gonzalez went 0-2 in her brief UFC stint in 2017 with both of those losses coming to strawweight prospects Cynthia Calvillo and Poliana Botelho. However, since returning to the flyweight division in 2018, she has gone 3-0 with dominant victories over the likes of Kali Robbins, Bar Acioly, and Diane Firmino.

After putting together such a streak, it seemed fairly logical that Gonzalez would end up vying for the title at some point in 2019. And for that to be against Porto makes for some perfect matchmaking.

One of the pioneers in the flyweight division, Porto has been hanging around the very top of the division for several years now but has never captured gold despite her two previous attempts. Will the third time be the charm?

Porto currently rides a two-fight winning streak with wins over fellow veterans in Mariana Morais and Milana Dudieva.

If Gonzalez can defeat someone like Porto who seemingly only loses to the very best of the division, it will be rather telling as to how far she’s been able to improve in such a quick amount of time.

The rest of the Invicta FC 34 card has yet to be revealed.


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Drake Riggs is an MMA writer who specializes in feature pieces, the women's fight scene, lists, and rankings. He has been a passionate fan of MMA ever since 2009. Drake also currently writes for, FanSided MMA, The Body Lock, and is a former contributor to Sherdog. He is a die-hard fan of the NFL's Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars as well.