From an official Invicta FC press release:
JULIA BUDD TO FACE MOLLIE ESTES AT
INVICTA FC 5 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLEHEADER
VERONICA ROTHENHAUSLER WITHDRAWS WITH INJURY
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 25, 2013) –Hard-hitting kickboxing stylist Julia “The Jewel” Budd (4-2) of Port Moody, BC Canada will square off with upstart Mollie Estes (1-1) of Kansas City in a featherweight (145 pounds) contest at the highly-anticipated Invicta Fighting Championships women’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) world championship doubleheader event at Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City on Friday, April 5.
Estes’ original opponent, Veronica Rothenhausler of Sacramento, Calif., has withdrawn from the event due to injury.
The 29-year-old Budd, a protégé of and spouse to former MMA star Lance Gibson known for her phenomenal conditioning, is looking for her third straight victory in the cage after reeling off back-to-back, first-round TKO wins – both by way of punches and elbow strikes -in Invicta FC competition. On July 28, 2012, she stopped Elina Nilsson at Invicta FC 2 and, on Oct. 6, 2012, she finished Danielle West at Invicta FC 3.
Budd’s only two career losses to date came at the hands of champion Ronda Rousey and top-ranked Amanda Nunes. In March 2005, Budd became the first fighter to defeat superstar Gina Carano by way of unanimous decision after they faced off in a Muay Thai rules bout.
The 37-year-old Estes will make her second start in the Invicta FC cage after taking on 2008 Olympic wrestling bronze medalist Randi Miller at the promotion’s inaugural event on April 28, 2011. Expected to be disposed of in the early going of the matchup against the world-class wrestler, Estes held her own and pushed Miller into the third and final scheduled round of the contest before being stopped with a barrage of punches from Miller.
Before turning pro with a three-round unanimous decision victory over Lacie Jackson on Oct. 1, 2011, Estes enjoyed a splendid, two-year stint as an amateur, compiling an overall record of 7-1, with all 7 of her wins coming by way of (T)KO or submission.
The Invicta FC 5 lineup is set for their April 5 show in Kansas City. The company’s online PPV will feature eight fights and cost $9.99. The card will also feature a six fight undercard that will air for free online.
- Invicta FC Atomweight Championship: Jessica Penne (10-1) vs. Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson (10-3)
- Inaugural Invicta FC Flyweight Championship: Vanessa Porto (15-5) vs. Barb “Little Warrior” Honchak (7-2)
- 145: Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (10-1) vs. Fiona Muxlow (6-2)
- 135: Sarah Kaufman (15-2) vs. Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (5-2-1)
- 125: Zoila “The Warrior Princess” Frausto Gurgel (12-2) vs. Jennifer Maia (6-2-1)
- 135: Kaitlin Young (7-7-1) vs. Lauren Taylor (5-0)
- 145: Julia “The Jewel” Budd (4-2) vs. Mollie Estes (1-1)
- 115: Bec “Rowdy” Hyatt (4-2) vs. Jasminka “Impressive” Cive (5-0)
- 105: “Sassy” Cassie Rodish (4-3) vs. Simona Soukupova (3-2-1)
- 135: Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke (2-0) vs. Miriam Nakamoto (1-0)
- 115: Katja “Killer Bunny” Kankaanpaa (7-0-1) vs. Juliana “Ju Thai” Carneiro Lima (5-0)
- 105: Alex Chambers (3-1) vs. Jodie Esquibel (3-0)
- 115: “Thug” Rose Namajunas (1-0) vs. Kathina “Kill Switch” Catron (2-1)
Invicta FC 5
FRIDAY, APRIL 5 AT
AMERISTAR CASINO HOTEL KANSAS CITY
Tickets for Invicta FC 5, priced from $25, are on sale online at TicketFly.com.