Will Invicta’s DeAnna Bennett Be Next UFC Strawweight Call-up?

March 13, 2015
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With three wins in three fights for Invicta FC, strawweight DeAnna “Argentine Assassin” Bennett has become one of the promotion’s most consistent fighters, but that doesn’t mean things have been easy.

Most recently Bennett picked up a win on the company’s Feb. 27 show against Norma Rueda Center in a fight that ended up going all three rounds.

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“She’s a really tough competitor,” Bennett said of Center. “She’s definitely got heart. She’s definitely got skills as well. She has one loss ever, and that was to Joanne Calderwood, so I knew it would be a tough fight.

DeAnna Bennett“I’m probably my biggest critic and felt I was a little tentative in this fight. I was kind of nervous about the 115-pound aspect and how it was going to be, so I definitely think I didn’t give it my full potential. It was still a win and a learning experience for my next fight.”

Though she might not have pushed herself as hard because of the new weight, Bennett told MMAWeekly.com that moving down to strawweight felt like the right move.

“Honestly, I felt great,” she said. “I was nervous I was going to gas out from the weight cut and not be as strong as I would be, but I felt just as strong as I did at 125 pounds, so it’s not going to be a problem to be at 115 pounds.”

Undefeated in her first seven fights, Bennett wouldn’t be remised if she wanted a title shot against current 115-pound champion Katja Kankaanpaa, but she’ll take whatever fight comes her way.

“Obviously, I want to take it to the top and be the best that I can,” said Bennett. “I’ll pretty much fight anybody that they’ll give me the opportunity to.

“I definitely like to pay attention to what’s going on with other fighters in the division. I’m definitely going to be watching (Kankaanpaa fight Livia Renata Souza at Invicta 12). I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on the competition and what’s going on with that.”

(Photo courtesy of Esther Lin/Invicta FC)

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  • shakejunt

    idk about “next,” but she’s certainly on their radar. the most immediate signing i see is grasso, along with aldana, but that’s mostly because of the mexico card. i think they should let this talent develop more in invicta though. ufc’s sw division just began and there’s already a line of contenders. let it play out and bring in new talent from invicta once there’s a more clear title picture.