One of the fighters who has made the most of her time in Invicta FC is flyweight title contender Barb “Little Warrior” Honchak.
Two wins in two fights for the promotion has put her on a six-fight winning streak and poised to take the promotion’s first 125-pound championship at Invicta FC 5 on April 5 show in Kansas City.
“I felt really good with the first two fights in Invicta,” said Honchak. “I signed with Invicta shortly after I changed camps to Miletich Fighting Systems, so the first fight with Invicta there was a lot of nerves. The second fight, I had gotten used to my camp by then and went in feeling really great and confident.
“For both fights I feel like I was very well prepared. There were things I could have done better in both fights, but for the most part they went pretty much as planned.”
Heading into 2013, Honchack tried to eschew any thoughts of a larger goal, but instead focused on her upcoming fight with veteran Vanessa Porto.
“Sometimes there are whispers of the next fight and what it’s going to be, but you don’t really ever know, so really I focus fight-by-fight,” said Honchack. “My goal for this year is to win that title, and that’s all I’ve really been tunnel-visioned on since my last fight.”
When it comes to facing Porto for the featherweight championship, Honchack may be the less experienced of the two fighters, but told MMAWeekly.com that she’s confident her abilities will trump her opponent at every turn.
“Vanessa is very well-rounded, but I am too,” said Honchak. “She has serious power with her stand-up and is very good on the ground, but I think I’m going to be better than her in all the positions.
“I think we’re both going to come out really wanting this title, and I do expect a battle, but I believe I will be coming out on top in this fight.”
While she initially felt pressure when she made her debut for Invicta last year, Honchak is instead now more amped than anything for her championship fight.
“I kinda knew at the last Invicta that because of the two 125-pound fights on the card that there were whispers that whoever won those fights would be the contenders for the title,” she said. “So there was pressure on that fight to get the contender’s spot, but for this one I’m excited.
“I’m excited to go out there and perform and bring home that title.”
(Photo courtesy of Invicta FC)