Jessica Penne Wants a Rematch with Michelle Waterson, Invicta FC Has Other Plans

July 16, 2013
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Jessica PenneFormer Invicta FC atomweight champion Jessica Penne wants a rematch with Michelle Waterson, but Invicta FC has other plans.

“I think I’m ready for a rematch,” said Penne following her Invicta FC 6 submission win over Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc on Saturday.

Penne became the first ever champion in Invicta FC history when she defeated Naho Sugiyama at Invicta FC 3 in October 2012.

Waterson defeated Penne in her first title defense by arm bar to capture the Invicta FC atomweight  title at Invicta FC 5 on April 5.

Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp believes Penne is deserving of another title shot, but will not make the rematch out of respect for Waterson as a champion.

“I always look at it this way.  I feel like when someone becomes champion that respectfully you should give them a fight before they face that opponent again.  That’s just my thoughts on it,” said Knapp during the Invicta FC 6 post-fight press conference.

“She’s deserving, but I’d also like to give Michelle an opportunity to defend it before we put her back in that spot, just out of respect,” added Knapp.

When Waterson will defend her title and against whom is unclear.

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  • Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

    Probably against Ham Seo-Hee, the korean Wanderlei Silva will give Karate Hottie a run for her money

    • Neo Samurai

      Hamderlei!! She crazy. Korean Female Wanderlei.

      I don’t think Waterson has the power to keep Hamderlei at a distance, and Waterson may have alot better luck grappling w/ Ham, b/c I don’t think she’s supposed to have much of a ground game.

      • shakejunt

        not sold on ham. all wins by decision against all asian competition.

        • Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

          fact is that she cutted down to Atomweight so now she shoud has a size advantage than when she was fighting at SW; she’s an experienced shootboxer and #3 AW in the world, I think she deserves a try.

          Asian competition … the women’s GOAT is asian and fought mostly in Japan, Mega Megu went on to kick asses or get bad decisions even against americans; japanese women’s promotions at SW and AW are top-tier, they existed before western professional WMMA promotions like Invicta and actually they’ve 50% of the ranked fighters in those divisions.

          • Mackie Rodger

            Asian female fighters have done pretty well. They have not dominated, but they haven’t been terrible either.
            It would be great to see Ham-Soo vs. Waterson. The fact Hamderlei isn’t undersized vs. Waterson helps make this a good matchup.

          • shakejunt

            fujii is a different story in that she is a pioneer, but has also been facing competition from around the world her entire career.

            all i’m saying is that girls like yamanaka, akano, hamasaki, and sugiyama have all folded when put up against non-asian competition and i’m not convinced ham will be any different.

            don’t get me wrong, still excited to see her fight, but i would most definitely put money on penne over her.

          • Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

            Yes I understand your point, is true that size can make difference, but I think is more that than a competition problem: Hamasaki was dominant over Shuckman that then gave an hell of a fight to Waterson, and Mizuki Iinoue is actually dubbed as the prodigy of WMMA and surprised everybody in her debut against Bec, she has one of the best boxe in this sport. I don’t think Jewels competitiion is lower than Tuff-N-Uff or other semi-pro WMMA american promotions.

          • shakejunt

            inoue is definitely one to keep an eye out for, glad the judges got that decision right.

            idk if it’s the talent level as much as the mix of all different styles and availability of top notch teams, but it works the same way in baseball. very few asian prospects really make an impact despite dominating their respective leagues. inoue definitely has the potential to be like yu darvish or ichiro tho.

      • Mackie Rodger

        Waterson’s standup is very good. She easily outclassed both Penne and Shuckman on the feet. Both larger fighters then put her up against the cage.
        Waterson will ALWAYS attempt to stand and fight. It’s always the other fighter who takes it to the ground…. where Michelle submits them most of the time.
        If Ham wants to keep it standing, she will find a good dance partner in Waterson.

  • Photog for Phighters

    That’s Bulls*** !!! Penne deserves it, and Waterson is scared of her. Knapps first huge mistake in trying to develop a quality organization.
    Let the fighters fight.

    • shakejunt

      your last line is knapp’s entire point.

      gsp had to beat kos and hughes before getting the serra rematch.

      the way you let a division grow is by letting different challengers fight for the belt.

  • thiago marinho

    comment portugues-a jessica e linda,e luta demais, ela e uma gata, ela e maravilhosa ,essa mulher deixa qualquer um louco.