Itzel Esquivel Expects Tough Fight Against Maycee Barber at Friday’s LFA 14

Looking back on her March first round submission win over Brandi Narvaez at Legacy Fighting Alliance 7, strawweight prospect Itzel Esquivel was able to pick her spots and come away with her second straight victory to start her pro career.

“I was expecting (Narvaez) to be a really tough opponent for me, and she was,” Esquivel told MMAWeekly.com. “I think I kind of had a lot of patience in that match up in that fight. I was waiting a lot and trying to see what I could get and stuff.

“It ended up being a really good win for me, because even though I’m not a grappler or anything like that, I ended up submitting her in the end, so I think that’s pretty good.”

Prior to turning pro earlier this year, Esquivel spent just over a year in the amateur ranks, which she feels has helped her a lot as she has transitioned to the pro game.

Itzel Esquivel LFA 14“I think my movement and keeping my distance is what is working for me,” said Esquivel. “I’ve done that in all of my amateur fights. I think I’m using all the knowledge I gained in my amateur fights in my pro fights as well.

“I’m just trying to learn throughout each fight, learn something new, take the good things and bad things from each fight and work on what I need to most to make myself a better fighter.”

On Friday in Houston, Texas, Esquivel (2-0) will look to remain undefeated when she takes on newcomer Maycee Barber (0-0) in a main card 115-pound bout at LFA 14.

“I think it’s going to be a tough fight,” Esquivel said. “She’s one of the only people that has been younger than me that I’ve fought. She comes from a Karate background as well.

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“I think it’s going to be a very interesting fight for because I don’t believe I’ve fought anybody who comes from a Karate background and who moves as much as me in a fight. Even though she’s going to be fighting similar to me, I think my striking is what will probably lead me to the win.”

Three fights into her pro career, and Esquivel is looking to continue to make incremental moves upward as she eventually works her way towards getting a shot at the UFC.

“I’m taking every fight opportunity that I can get,” said Esquivel. “I just want to rise little by little and eventually like everyone else make it to the UFC or make it somewhere big in this sport.”

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Colbey Northcutt (0-0), sister of UFC fighter Sage Northcutt, will take on fellow debuting pro Courtney King (0-0) on Friday at LFA 14.


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Colbey Northcutt Ready for Pro MMA Debut at LFA 14

While brother combinations have had a long history in MMA going back to the days of the Gracie and Shamrock families, it’s only been recently where brother and sister combos have started to become more common.

On Saturday, Colbey Northcutt, sister of UFC lightweight Sage Northcutt, will make her pro debut, bringing her family into the pantheon of MMA siblings.

“Sage’s work ethic set a good example of what it really is to work hard,” Northcutt told MMAWeekly.com. “Him going from as a pro and to the UFC, it happened so fast and he’s so young, it’s really incredible to see everything in his life change. It’s super-inspiring. He’s actually the one who encouraged me to fight again and go for it.”

Northcutt had participated in amateur MMA for a couple years, but left the sport to focus on college and because she did not see as much opportunity at the UFC level at the time as there is now. Along with her brother’s quick ascension in the sport, Northcutt was inspired by one of the UFC’s biggest stars to make the transition to the pro ranks.

“Instead of going to college right away I took about three and a half years off to just train, and had some amateur fights and won Legacy’s amateur bantamweight belt,” said Northcutt. “Once Ronda (Rousey) got into the UFC, it kind of made me open my eyes and made me want to do this.”

On Friday in Houston, Northcutt (0-0) will take on fellow debuting pro Courtney King (0-0) in a main card 135-pound bout at Legacy Fighting Alliance 14.

“I’ve always been the bigger, taller, person, especially in the 135-pound division, but she’s also tall and a striker like me, and loves to stand up and box and trade with you, which makes me excited because that’s what I love to do as well,” Northcutt said of King. “With two tall strikers, I think it will be a super-exciting fight for everyone to watch. I think it will put on a show for everybody.”

Being the sister of a UFC star, Northcutt knows there are a lot of expectations on her to do well. And while she does feel the pressure of those expectations, she also feeds off of it and uses it to her advantage.

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“There’s a whole lot of pressure for sure,” said Northcutt. “There are people I don’t want to let down and expectations I want to meet. But it’s also a motivator knowing I have the pressure and expectations to meet and people I don’t want to let down – it just makes me want to train harder and do the best I can possibly do out there and put on a show for everybody.”

Along with expectations for her fight on June 23, Northcutt knows there is a lot of push to see how far and how fast she travels in the pro MMA ranks, but she is not letting it get to her.

“I’m going to take it one step at a time, one fight at a time, and if opportunities come I’ll go from there,” Northcutt said. “Obviously the goal is to be in the UFC and be the champ – just like everyone else – and that’s the end goal, but for right now I’m just concentrating on this one fight and then take it step by step as it comes.”

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Cyborg vs. Anderson for UFC Featherweight Title After Champion Stripped

Cris “Cyborg” Justino will meet Megan Anderson to lay claim to the UFC featherweight championship after Germaine de Randamie was stripped of the belt. 

UFC officials on Monday announced the move, explaining why de Randamie was forced to relinquish the belt.

“UFC has informed Germaine de Randamie and her management team that she is being removed as the women’s featherweight champion due to her unwillingness to fight the No. 1 ranked contender, Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino,” the UFC said on its website. “Subsequently, top contender Justino will face newly signed Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson for the UFC women’s featherweight title in the co-main event of UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2, July 29 in Anaheim, Calif.

“UFC maintains that any champion is expected to accept fights against the top contenders in their respective weight classes in order to maintain the integrity of the sport.”  

Cris CyborgHaving held the Strikeforce and Invicta FC titles, the UFC belt is the only one that has thus far eluded Cyborg. In fact, the division was created for her last year, but she was dealing with health issues and then an anti-doping violation charge, which led the UFC to match de Randamie against Holly Holm for the inaugural featherweight title. 

Since she won the belt, however, de Randamie has dealt with a hand injury and recently declared that she would not put her belt on the line against Cyborg because she was a “proven cheater.” 

Anderson, meanwhile, won the interim Invicta FC featherweight title early this year by defeating Charmaine Tweet. She was promoted to full-blown champion when Cyborg relinquished the Invicta FC championship in March to intensify her pursuit of the UFC title.

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Anderson had been scheduled to put her Invicta belt on the line at that promotion’s event on July 15 in Kansas City, Mo. She was removed from that fight and released from her contract in order to sign with the UFC to fight Cyborg for the vacant UFC featherweight title in July.

Invicta has not yet announced how it will fill the newfound vacancy in its 145-pound division.

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Megan Anderson Exits, Tonya Evinger Steps into Invicta FC 24 Main Event

With Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson headed to the Octagon to meet Cris “Cyborg” Justino for the UFC featherweight championship, Invicta FC bantamweight titleholder Tonya Evinger will make the move to featherweight for the first time.

Evinger (19-5, 1NC) will make her featherweight debut by stepping in for Anderson to face Ukranian Helena Kolesnyk (5-0, 1NC) at Invicta FC 24 on July 15 in Kansas City, Mo. The bout will no longer carry championship credentials, but will instead be a three-round, non-title affair.

Anderson was originally booked to headline Invicta FC 24, putting her belt on the line against Kolesnyk, but was released from her Invicta FC contract to fight Cyborg for the vacant belt at UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, Calif.

Undefeated since 2011, Evinger moves up for this featherweight debut after dominating at 135 pounds, including five finishes and seven total victories while competing in Invicta’s bantamweight division.

Kolesnyk, who trains out of Moscow, has finished all five of her professional wins, including three first-round knockouts and a first-round submission due to punches. She is an experienced Muay Thai practitioner, taking bronze at the IFMA World Muaythai Championships in 2015.

“We’re not making it easy for Helena over here,” joked Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp. “ She’s gone from one champion [in Anderson] to another now with Tonya.

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“I’m thankful that our athletes – and especially Tonya Evinger – are always ready and willing to accept a challenge. I have the utmost respect for both these main event fighters and I’m expecting a great fight on July 15.”

The fight card for Invicta FC 24: Evinger vs Kolesnyk:

Featherweight: Tonya Evinger vs. Helena Kolesnyk
Flyweight: Milana Dudieva vs. Mara Romero Borella
Bantamweight: Raquel Pa’aluhi vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Atomweight: Jinh Yu Frey vs. Ashley Cummins
Flyweight: Karina Rodríguez vs. Bárbara Acioly
Strawweight: Sunna Rannveig Davidsdottir vs. Kelly D’Angelo
Strawweight: Mallory Martin vs. Tiffany Masters
Featherweight: Felicia Spencer vs. Amy Coleman

Invicta FC 24: Evinger vs Kolesnyk streams live and exclusively via UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, July 15 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

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