Shannon Knapp is the president of Invicta FC and she feels the deal will help both companies capitalize on the talent they are both developing.
“It’s an honor to be able to partner with Pancrase, one of MMA’s most storied promotions,” Knapp stated in a press release. “In addition to all past and present ‘Kings and Queens of Pancrase,’ pioneers and contemporary stars alike have passed through the Pancrase organization at one time or another. Through our talent-sharing agreement, we hope to be able to capitalize on the wealth of female fighters being developed by both Invicta and Pancrase in a mutually beneficial way.”
Invicta FC had previously had a talent sharing agreement with the Jewels promotion in Japan, but that agreement came to an end awhile back.
Masakazu Sakai, the president on Pancrase, is excited to see the best Invicta FC fighters competing in the country of Japan.
“From this partnership, the world’s best fighters from Invicta will get an opportunity to fight in Pancrase, and at the same time, Japanese fighters will get to experience fighting Invicta fighters that are at the world level,” stated Sakai. “In addition, Japanese fighters would get a chance to fight in Invicta. This might open the door for fans in Japan to see Japanese fighters under the Invicta contract, such as Mizuki and Hashi to fight in Japan as well. Both Invicta FC and Pancrase are currently on UFC Fight Pass, and by exchanging fighters, we are looking to increase opportunities for fighters to compete more often.”
There is no word yet on when the talent exchange will official begin or which fighters from each promotion will compete in the other promotion.