Mariya Agapova Out, Shanna Young In At Invicta FC 39

Mariya Agapova has been pulled from the upcoming Invicta FC 39 card after getting injured during an auto-pedestrian accident, replacing her against Daiana Torquato is Shanna Young.

Invicta FC issued the following press release on the card change:

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Shanna Young Replaces Mariya Agapova at Invicta FC 39

Kansas City, Mo. – The fight card for Invicta FC 39 has undergone a late change.

Fast-rising flyweight contender Mariya Agapova (8-1) has suffered injuries in an auto-pedestrian accident in South Florida and has been forced out of her match-up with Brazilian Daiana Torquato (9-3). The Kazakh fighter has provided photos of her injuries, which can be viewed here (WARNING: these are graphic images).

Stepping in on two weeks’ notice will be Tennessee’s Shanna Young (7-2). The Contender Series veteran was most recently in action at Invicta FC 38, topping Finland’s Maiju Suotama by unanimous decision. “The Shanimal” also competed at Phoenix Series 2, edging Suotama, but falling short against eventual tournament winner Miranda Maverick.

In addition to the change, Hawaii’s Monica Franco (1-0) has been tabbed to meet fellow bantamweight newcomer Tina Pettigrew (1-0) in the night’s opening bout.

Invicta FC 39 takes place Friday, Feb. 7 from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. The event will stream live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. CT. The event is headlined by atomweight champion Jinh Yu Frey (8-4), who faces No. 1 contender Ashley “Smashley” Cummins (7-4).

Tickets for the event can be purchased now through Eventbrite.

The updated Invicta FC 39 fight card can be found below:

Atomweight Title: Jinh Yu Frey vs. Ashley Cummins

Flyweight: Pearl Gonzalez vs. Miranda Maverick

Flyweight: Shanna Young vs. Daiana Torquato

Atomweight: Alesha Zappitella vs. Kelly D’Angelo

Flyweight: Erin Blanchfield vs. Victoria Leonardo

Atomweight: Jillian DeCoursey vs. Linda Mihalec

Bantamweight: Tina Pettigrew vs. Monica Franco

About Invicta FC:

Invicta Fighting Championships ( is a world championship, all-pro mixed martial arts (MMA) fight series dedicated to providing female athletes with a major platform to hone their skills on a consistent basis. Founded in 2012 by longtime MMA executive Shannon Knapp, Invicta is committed to pioneering the future growth of women’s MMA by promoting the best possible match-ups between female competitors and identifying and developing future superstars of the sport. Follow Invicta on Twitter (@InvictaFights), Facebook (InvictaFights), and Instagram (@InvictaFC) for all the latest information.

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