An atomweight title rematch is set to headline Invicta FC’s first event of 2022.

Champion Alesha Zappitella will put her 105-pound belt on the line when she runs it back with Jessica Delboni on Jan. 12 at Invicta FC 45 from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.

Zappitella (8-2) won the vacant atomweight title in September 2020 when she submitted Ashley Cummins with a Von Flue Choke in the fourth round. Zappitella’s lone title defense was against Delboni this past May at Invicta FC 44, winning a close five-round split decision to retain.

Delboni (11-3) rebounded from that defeat to win the atomweight tournament this past June at Invicta FC: Phoenix Series 4, winning three fights in one night. She defeated Lindsey VanZandt by unanimous decision in a three-round final to reestablish herself as the No. 1 contender at 105 pounds.

The complete Invicta FC 45 lineup includes:

Champ Alesha Zappitella vs. Jéssica Delboni – for atomweight title
Claire Guthrie vs. Lauren Mueller
 Morgan Frier vs. Courtney King
Hailey Cowan vs. Monica Franco
Hilarie Rose vs. Emily Whitmire


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