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Ex-UFC fighters Pearl Gonzalez, Sarah Kaufmann among 15 Invicta FC signings

Invicta FC has bolstered its roster with the signing of 15 fighters, the all-female promotion announced Thursday.

Among the signings are former UFC fighters Pearl Gonzalez and Sarah Kaufman to the strawweight and bantamweight divisions, respectively, as well as others signed at flyweight and atomweight.

Gonzalez (6-3) joins Invicta after a two-fight UFC run in which she lost both times, most recently unanimous decision to Poliana Botelho in October at UFC 216. Earlier this year, Gonzalez was at the center of some unwanted attention when, at UFC 210, the New York State Athletic Commission initially ruled on weigh-ins day that she could not compete because of her breast implants. That decision was later reversed, and Gonzalez went on to lose via third-round submission to Cynthia Calvillo.

Kaufmann (18-4-1), a former Strikeforce champion, fought once for Invicta in 2013 before her four-fight UFC stint in which she posted a 1-2-1 record. Most recently, she defeated Jessica-Rose Clark in March after nearly two years away from competition. Kaufmann, 32, owns notable wins over some of the biggest names in women’s MMA history, including Miesha Tate, Roxanne Modafferi, Alexis Davis (twice), Valerie Letourneau, Shayna Baszler, and Liz Carmouche. Kaufmann was the last challenger to Ronda Rousey’s Strikeforce title in 2012 before the UFC scooped up the roster.

Also of note, undefeated Julia Avila Shumate (3-0) signed with Invicta. She owns wins over newly crowned UFC women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montano, as well as Marion Reneau.

The complete list of signings is as follows:

  • Bantamweight: Marceia Allen, Chelsea Chandler, Sarah Kaufman, Kerri Kenneson, Allison Schmidt, Julia Avila Shumate
  • Flyweight: Bianca Daimoni, Monica Medina, Helen Peralta, Brogan Sanchez
  • Strawweight: Pearl Gonzalez, Ashley Nichols
  • Atomweight: Rebekah LeVine, Loma Lookboonmee, Fernanda Priscila

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