Invicta FC atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki is planning a full time move to the 115-pound strawweight division.
Following a long winning streak as part of the 105-pound division, Hamasaki (14-2-0) made her return to the 115-pound weight class this past March, losing to Livia Souza in the very first round by way of a knockout. It appears despite the devastating loss, Hamasaki wants to continue as a strawweight and perhaps eventually compete for the UFC. Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp confirmed the news during a recent interview with Wombat Sports.
“Even after losing to Livia Souza, Hamasaki has still shown her insistence to stay at 115. Until Hamasaki gives Invicta a definitive thumbs up for the move, the atomweight title will stay around her waste” Knapp stated.
Hamasaki won the atomweight world title from Herica Tiburcio at the Invicta FC 13 event back in July 2015, she has gone on to defend the belt against Amber Brown and Jinh Yu Frey. The 35-year-old also holds notable victories over Lacey Schuckman, Naho Sugiyama, as well as two victories over former UFC strawweight, Seo Hee Ham. She is currently the number-one ranked atomweight fighter in the world, according to the Women’s MMA World Rankings.
(Click HERE to view the 105-pound atomweight world rankings).
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 and will be co-headlined by an atomweight fight between Jinh Yu Frey and Ashley Cummins, the bout will serve as a title eliminator.