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

July 16, 2013

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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