An atomweight fight will co-headline Saturday’s Invicta FC 24 card when Jinh Yu Frey takes on Ashley Cummins. The stakes are high, Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp revealed in a recent interview with Wombat Sports that the bout will serve as a title eliminator, with the winner expected to challenge Ayaka Hamasaki for the belt further down the line.
Frey (5-2-0) is currently the number three ranked atomweight fighter in the world, according to the Women’s MMA World Rankings. The 32-year-old fights out of Arlington, Texas and trains at Mohler MMA. She is coming off a round-two TKO loss to Hamasaki back in September of last year, the fight was a controversial one however as many felt Frey was winning the fight before the doctor decided to stop the bout due to a cut. Her most notable victory comes over former Invicta FC atomweight champion, Herica Tiburcio. She owns first round finishes over Cassie Robb, Darla Harris and Meghan Wright.
Cummins (5-3-0), also known as “Smashley”, is currently the number ten ranked atomweight fighter in the world, according to the Women’s MMA World Rankings. The 29-year-old fights out of St. Louis, Missouri and trains at Wolves Den MMA. She made a successful 105-pound debut back in March, dominating a former world title challenger in Amber Brown to a unanimous decision. “Smashley” previously competed as a 115-pound strawweight, however she feels she was extremely undersized in that division and believes she can perform at a much higher level when competing as an atomweight.
The fight is an exciting one for fans of the division. Frey will be looking to successfully take out a rising contender and receive what she believes is her rightful rematch for the atomweight world title. Meanwhile, a victory for Cummins would see her skyrocket up the world rankings and solidify her place as a force in the division, leading to a title shot presumably later this year.
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Invicta FC 24 takes place this Saturday 15th July from the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. The event will be aired live on UFC Fight Pass.