Following a rocky 2014 that had the company only hosting three events amidst changes in management, all-female promotion Invicta FC rebounded with a strong year in 2015.
Not only did Invicta put on more events in 2015, the promotion expanded to new states and entered into an agreement to have its shows broadcast on UFC Fight Pass.
Speaking to MMAWeekly.com during preparations for Invicta’s upcoming fifteenth event in January, president Shannon Knapp spoke about the promotion’s strong year, some of its breakout stars and what is on the horizon for the company in 2016.
MMAWeekly.com: Firstly, Shannon, tell us your thoughts overall on the year Invicta had in 2015.
Shannon Knapp: It’s been a great year. I feel like we’ve made a lot of progressions forward. We’ve been able to solidify our spot in the sport as the premier female organization.
UFC Fight Pass has been very instrumental giving us the opportunity to find a new fan base as well as given our fans more access to all the Invicta events.
One of the defining moments for me, regarding Invicta was getting licensed in Nevada and California and holding our first shows there. Those are states that require a lot more than other stats as far as licensing. So for me, that was very personally gratifying for me to get licensed in those states.
MMAWeekly.com: With many Invicta fighters moving on to the UFC, is that something you use as a measure of success for the company?
Shannon Knapp: When I think about Invicta, I don’t think about grooming talent for any promotion. Really, our objective here is to provide opportunities for athletes and help the sport grow.
(Female MMA) is still a little behind in terms of being able to cultivate talent and get it moving through and building these divisions out, so any time ….View full article