The UFC and Invicta FC have inked a multi-fight, multi-year deal that will see the all-female MMA promotion stream events exclusively on UFC Fight Pass, officials said in a joint statement on Thursday.
The deal will include the entire Invicta archive, which will be made available to all new and existing UFC Fight Pass subscribers.
“UFC Fight Pass already has subscribers in over 155 countries, which is a huge platform for the Invicta athletes,” said UFC Chief Content Officer Marshall Zelaznik. “Invicta fighters are now sharing the same stage as elite UFC fighters like Alexander Gustafson, Conor McGregor, Cung Le and Michael Bisping. For any UFC fans that haven’t seen these women compete before – I guarantee they will be blown away when they see what Invicta is all about.”
Invicta President Shannon Knapp described the signing of the exclusive deal as “a great day” for her company, adding that she’s been committed to providing the biggest and best possible platform for her athletes to compete on.
A date for the first Invicta card on Fight Pass was not announced, but Knapp said they are targeting a late-summer event, headlined by a world title fight.
“This is a historic event for myself, the company and my athletes, and every one of them is going to want to be on this first card,” she said.
The Fight Pass deal opens up the doors for Invicta 145-pound champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino to have her fights shown through a UFC brand. Negotiations to sign Justino to the UFC women’s roster have failed in the past, and this is the furthest the two sides have come to seeing the fighter compete under the Zuffa banner.
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