Milana Dudieva vs. Mara Romero Borella Elevated to Invicta FC 24 Main Event

Kansas City, Mo. — The fight card for Invicta Fighting Championships 24 has changed yet again.

Previously slated to serve as the night’s co-main event, the flyweight bout between UFC veteran Milana Dudieva (11-5) and newly signed Mara Romero Borella (10-4, 1 NC) now takes the top billing. Both fighters will be making their Invicta debuts. Russia’s Dudieva joins the organization after battles in the UFC against top bantamweights Marion Reneau and Julianna Pena, while Italy’s Borella enters the bout winning four of her last five fights.

The change comes after Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger was released from her contract to challenge former Invicta FC featherweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino at UFC 214 on July 29.

Evinger’s opponent, promotional newcomer Helena Kolesnyk (5-0, 1 NC), is expected to remain on the card with a replacement opponent to be determined.

The bantamweight match-up between Raquel Pa’aluhi (6-5) and recent title challenger Yana Kunitskaya (9-3, 1 NC) of Russia is now the co-main event. The Hawaii native Pa’aluhi has won four of her last five fights, most recently submitting Pannie Kianzad in the first round at Invicta FC 21 in January. Kunitskaya looks to rebound after back-to-back fights against the aforementioned Evinger.

Invicta FC 24 takes place Saturday, July 15, from the historic Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo., and streams live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. CT.

The current Invicta FC 24 fight card can be found below:

Flyweight: Milana Dudieva (11-5) vs. Mara Romero Borella (10-4, 1 NC)
Bantamweight: Raquel Pa’aluhi (6-5)  vs. Yana Kunitskaya (9-3, 1 NC)
Atomweight: Jinh Yu Frey (5-2) vs. Ashley Cummins (5-3)
Flyweight: Karina Rodríguez (4-2) vs. Bárbara Acioly (4-0)
Strawweight: Sunna Rannveig Davíðsdóttir (2-0) vs. Kelly D’Angelo (2-0)
Strawweight: Mallory Martin (1-1) vs. Tiffany Masters (2-0)
Featherweight: Felicia Spencer (2-0) vs. Amy Coleman (2-1)

Tickets for the event can be purchased through Ticketfly.com.


About Invicta FC:

Invicta Fighting Championships is a world championship, all-pro mixed martial arts (MMA) fight series dedicated to providing female athletes with a major platform to hone their skills on a consistent basis. Founded in 2012 by longtime MMA executive Shannon Knapp, Invicta is committed to pioneering the future growth of women’s MMA by promoting the best possible match-ups between female competitors and identifying and developing future superstars of the sport. Follow Invicta on Twitter (@InvictaFights), Facebook (Facebook.com/InvictaFights), and Instagram (@InvictaFC) for all the latest information.

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