Title Fight at INVICTA 13
It has been announced by INVICTA FC officials that New Zealand female MMA fighter Faith “The Immortal” Van Duin will face current Featherweight Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino as the main event at INVICTA FC 13 on July 9th at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. We spoke with an excited Faith Van Duin today on the announcement.
“I’m feeling amazing and excited. I officially found out I was fighting about 2wks ago but was told that the fight was mine after my last night so was confident it would be announced soon enough."
Faith Van Duin (5-1-0) is the first and only woman from New Zealand to compete in the INVICTA FC and will once again make New Zealand female MMA history by competing for a world title.
“It means a lot to be the first woman in New Zealand to go for a World Title and to bring that title HOME would be amazing. I am representing my culture and showing the world what we are made of.”
Van Duin’s debut was at INVICTA FC 12 in April this year where she defeated Amanda Bell via rare naked choke submission in the second round, although it was an impressive first outing, Justino will be no walk in the park. Not only is Cristiane Justino labelled the best woman possibly capable of beating female MMA giant “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, the aggressive fighter also has a record of 13-1-0 – her only loss being her first fight in 2005.
Determined for the "W" preparations are already under way within her tight-knit camp, training with and alongside UFC experienced fighter Dylan “The Villain” Andrews.
“Definitely changed up my training a lot as need to be ready for anything she is about to bring. My trainers Regy Yamat and Dylan Andrews have been helping make my game ever more solid and tight. Dylan has added a lot more arsenal to my game and I’m going to use all I have to get that win”.
This humble 4th ranked featherweight fighter has had her calls answered to get a shot at the title, eager to only fight the best since her first INVICTA win. Faith “The Immortal” Van Duin’s journey has been a successful one so far, but headlining an INVICTA FC card with a trio of title fights on the rundown is certainly a highlight in itself.
“Every single person I have come across has helped me in one way or another and I want to thank you all for your continuous support. To my sponsors: Mass nutrition, The Martial Arts Academy, Kiwifighter, MMAU management, Warrior Muay Thai. Thank you to all my followers I hope you all get something out of following my journey. To all my family, friends, training partners and my trainers without you all I would not be here and as strong and confident as I am. LET’S GET THAT TITLE!!
INVICTA FC 13: Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino VS Faith “The Immortal” Van Duin, July 9th Las Vegas. The card will stream live via UFC Fight Pass.