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Marloes Coenen headlines Invicta FC 1, April 28th


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http://www.mmarising.com/articles/2012/02/17/all-female-invicta-fighting-championships-debuts-on-april-28/

(Fair warning: Bit of a long article, but lots of information on the company)

Former Strikeforce matchmaker and talent relations manager Shannon Knapp has formed a new all-female MMA promotion, Invicta Fighting Championships, that will debut on April 28th in Kansas City. Marloes Coenen headlines the first card. Other bouts will be announced on Monday and will include many familiar names. All five major weight classes from 105 to 145 will be featured in the promotion.

From: slugshot331 275 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
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Good to hear she's fighting. I'm a big fan. Phone Post

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Cindy

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 wasnt there a thread on this happening like a few weeks ago?

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Posted: 2/21/12 10:48 AM
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good for Marloes, and I love women's mma, but Invicta is not exactly the catchiest name in the world

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Smart calculated risk, I think. If they can hang on long enough to do what they say they want to do - increase depth in wmma divisions, they can go in a financial hole and then get a nice acquisition payday when Zuffa is convinced there's a product to promote. We'll see.

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I'm looking forward to it. I hope they do it right.

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Gnarls Gnarlington - sinking ship, sad to say.

 Ha! Do you know who Shannon Knapp is? This ship couldn't sink if DW wanted it to.

Cindy

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MMARising - a new all-female MMA promotion


I wish the folks at Invicta all the best, but I have feeling they are going to lose a shitload of money and be out of business in short order.

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CindyO - 
Gnarls Gnarlington - sinking ship, sad to say.

 Ha! Do you know who Shannon Knapp is? This ship couldn't sink if DW wanted it to.

Cindy



No I do not. Please educate me?

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they need to get themselves on mtv. leak out some sex vids. profit.

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Nice, glad to see her fighting again. She should still be with Strikeforce.

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JoeVIP  - 
CindyO - 
Gnarls Gnarlington - sinking ship, sad to say.

 Ha! Do you know who Shannon Knapp is? This ship couldn't sink if DW wanted it to.

Cindy



No I do not. Please educate me?


Shannon Knapp was Strikeforce's matchmaker at some point before Rich Chou I believe. At the very least she knows MMA extremely well and isn't some "money mark" promoter. I still don't know if this is the best idea though.

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CindyO - 
Gnarls Gnarlington - sinking ship, sad to say.

 Ha! Do you know who Shannon Knapp is? This ship couldn't sink if DW wanted it to.

Cindy



No I do not. Please educate me?

 Shannon used to work for the UFC, IFL, Sportfight, KOTC, Affliction and Strikeforce. She's one of the most competent and experienced folks in the fight game- always has been. She's also one of the most well respected. You rarely hear about her because she's stays in the background like she is supposed to. She's smart as hhhhell, too.

Anyone would be very hard-pressed to find someone in MMA who has something bad to say about her. Shannon has ample support and very good money behind her and will do great things for WMMA.

Cindy

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CindyO - 
JoeVIP  - 
CindyO - 
Gnarls Gnarlington - sinking ship, sad to say.

 Ha! Do you know who Shannon Knapp is? This ship couldn't sink if DW wanted it to.

Cindy



No I do not. Please educate me?

 Shannon used to work for the UFC, IFL, Sportfight, KOTC, Affliction and Strikeforce. She's one of the most competent and experienced folks in the fight game- always has been. She's also one of the most well respected. You rarely hear about her because she's stays in the background like she is supposed to. She's smart as hhhhell, too.

Anyone would be very hard-pressed to find someone in MMA who has something bad to say about her. Shannon has ample support and very good money behind her and will do great things for WMMA.

Cindy


I really hope you are right, as wmma is great to watch just like mens. That being said ANY ship can sink, even the wealthiest backers wont keep throwing money at something that doesn't show potential in a market (mma) that is proven to generate profits for more than just the big boys. (ie still room to make money for others) it will always come back to business $_$ unfortunately.

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Posted: 2/21/12 9:57 PM
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an all female MMA promotion will die very quickly... the only reason people care now is because it takes place inbetween male competition.  People can handle the novelty of one female fight per card but an entire card?

It's gonna die.

  Invicta is negotiating to be televised on showtime so it's gonna be a prolonged death.


  

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@MMALOGIC:  Oh hush, negative Nancy. Half of your "predictions" on this board (if not more) are wrong. They are coming out of the gate slow and will only do 4 shows a year, mostly regional, so cost will be controlled. Shannon Knapp has literally done it all and she has tons of support. She's smart and is well respected in the world of MMA. Of course, you already knew that since you consider yourself to be an insider.

The BEST thing about this league is that her solid working relationships with the leaders of the bigger shows will no doubt help advance these girls to a bigger stage when the time comes. Here's her "resume" from 2005 when she was making the move to the UFC. You can Google what she has done since- she's smart and impressive as hell.

Cindy

SHANNON KNAPP TO WORK FOR UFC
by Mick Hammond

Shannon Knapp, also known affectionately as "Bas' Little Sis," has been hired by the UFC to work on their upcoming August shows. Knapp is no stranger to MMA Weekly readers as she has worked with us on video segments and has been profiled here as someone to watch for in the industry. And now she has been given her opportunity in the major leagues of MMA.

When asked about her new job with the UFC Shannon, a veteran of Sportfight and King of the Cage, commented, "I'll be working both the live Spike TV broadcast on August 9th and the UFC 54 PPV on August 20th. From what I understand I'll be handling the celebrity interviews and predictions and hopefully I'll get an opportunity to do some post-fight interviews with the fighters. I'm really looking forward to the experience of working for one of the top MMA promotions in the world."

Most recently Shannon has handled broadcast duties on the Sportfight TV series which is currently airing in the northwest with hopes of being syndicated nationally. The show features fights from all previous live events segued together by Knapp and Randy Couture's introductions and unique chemistry.

"I've worked for Sportfight for almost two years now," said Knapp. "Randy Couture and I co-host the TV series that's now airing on Comcast in the northwest and if it does well they are going to put it in other markets. Before Sportfight I had worked with KOTC, Bret Moses and Fight Party in Atlanta, and the Freestyle Fighting Championships."

Over the years the UFC has tried unsuccessfully to integrate a female into their broadcast team. With Knapp however they have someone who is coming from a MMA background as well as a professional broadcasting background that should make for a much better experience this time around.

"I think there is always going to be people that are hard to please no matter what you do," commented Shannon. "But I'm coming in with a lot of knowledge and experience in the industry. I've been the Vice President of Bas Rutten Enterprises for over three years and I run the Bas Rutten MMA System. I've also worked with Randy Couture as his assistant for the last several months. I'm a graduate of Brown University with honors and was accepted to the school on a broadcast scholarship that I had to compete with other top candidates to get."

Knapp continued, "My background is in both MMA and professional commentary and broadcasting and this is what I do every day of my life. Every aspect of my life is associated with MMA, my background is specifically in the areas that will complement the broadcasts.

When asked if she had seen the work of her predecessors and how her work with the UFC will differ, Shannon seemed sympathetic to their situations but confident she can bring a whole new aspect to the position. "Truthfully I saw Lisa Dergen, and didn't see Carmen Electra and saw a little of Kerri Kasem, and to be honest I felt sorry for them. It's a hard job if you're female, I mean MMA is still very new and especially in the commentary aspect for females. The only thing I can do differently or be different in is that I actually do love the sport and come from it rather than other backgrounds. I train, live, and breathe it every day, for me MMA's second nature."

For Shannon working with two of the sports most beloved legends in Couture and Rutten has allowed her to have a solid support base as she takes on one of the most scrutinized positions in MMA broadcasting.

"They are my biggest supporters and they're both very happy for me and excited that I'm getting this opportunity. What can I say, they are two of the greatest people you'll ever meet and I know they want the best for me. Even though Bas and I have 'sibling rivalry" between the two of us, he is one of the best commentators in the world and if I'm half as good as he is I'll be happy."

People looking to see Shannon in action before making her UFC debut can do so at the upcoming Sportfight 11 in Portland, Oregon on July 9th. Knapp will be handling the post-fight in-ring interviews with her Sportfight TV co-host Randy Couture at the event. This show marks the biggest ever in the company's history as they move the show to the Rose Garden Arena, the 10,000+ capacity seating home of the NBA's Portland Trailblazers.

According to Knapp, her involvement with Sportfight will in no way effect her new position at the UFC. "Both shows run on separate schedules and neither happen the same week as the other so there shouldn't be a problem. It's Matt (Lindland) and Randy's production and they do a great job with it. We've moved up to the Rose Garden Arena, the tickets are selling great and fight card looks really good. Randy and I interact very well with each other."

For Shannon the opportunity to work with the UFC is both a realization of a dream come true and an opportunity to help further the roles of females in MMA in a positive manner.

"I think the UFC puts on a great production and I'm honored to be working with Dana White, the Fertitas, Joe Silva, Steve Tornebene and the whole production crew," exclaimed Knapp. "I'm looking forward to all the learning opportunities and I hope to help move forward female involvement in the sport. The success of the UFC brings about good things for everyone involved in the sport. The more successful we are the more we bring public awareness of MMA into the mainstream. At the end of the day it's helping gain mainstream acceptance to ensure everyone, especially fighters, is successful in this industry."

Shannon concluded, "I always say it, but I do what I love and I love what I do. I hope the fans support the sport by watching the live show on Spike TV and the PPV broadcast. The cards the UFC put together are great. The live show especially features a lot of the best young fighters around as well as members of the TUF 1 reality series. I'm going to go out and do my best and bring what I think the fans are hoping for."

If Shannon's background and passionate enthusiasm about the sport aren't enough to show what an asset she can be to the UFC, both Bas Rutten and Randy Couture were more than happy to give their thoughts on her hiring.

"I'm not surprised she's getting this opportunity," said Rutten. "It would have been a bad idea if they hadn't have brought her in. She's got the broadcasting background needed and knows MMA. I think people will be stoked when they see how well she does."

Couture furthered those comments by saying, "It's been my privilege and honor to work with Shannon in Sportfight and the other entities we've worked together on. I'm very happy for her opportunity with the UFC, it will be nice to have a female on board that understands the sport and represents it in a positive way."

http://www.mmaweekly.com/shannon-knapp-to-work-for-ufc

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 And a good read from 2008:

Shannon Knapp new director of IFL Fighter Relations

Posted 03 Jan 2008 in Uncategorized

The International Fight League today announced that Shannon Knapp has been promoted to the newly-created position of Director, Fighter Relations.  Knapp, who has been
with the IFL in various roles since its formation in 2005, will take a more expansive role in working with fighters, agents and business partners on growing the IFL brand in the mixed martial arts community and in local event markets.

“Shannon is a significant part of the IFL.  There are few individuals who have the knowledge and fluency in MMA that she possesses,” IFL President and CEO Jay Larkin said.  “She has accomplished a great deal for the sport, and we are elated to be able to give her this opportunity to expand her duties.  She is a great role model for women in sports management.”

One of the most highly-connected individuals in MMA, Knapp has filled a myriad of roles during her career. A self-defense instructor herself, Knapp has worked with both Randy Couture and Bas Rutten on the business side, as well as being an accomplished broadcaster, producer and fighter liaison.

Knapp has handled play by play, color commentary and sideline and feature reporting for MMA events for outlets ranging from Comcast and Spike TV to Fox Sports Net, and was a part of the IFL broadcast team in 2006 before moving into a managerial position with athletes and coaches in 2007.

The Kansas City, Missouri, native began her broadcasting career when she earned a broadcasting scholarship to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.  She worked in various outlets on both the television and radio side throughout the East and Midwest before deciding to pursue her passion for mixed martial arts and combine that with her passion for broadcasting.  She also added numerous managerial duties along the way, leading to today’s announcement.

http://www.themmadigest.com/2008/01/shannon-knapp-new-director-of-ifl-fighter-relations/


Cindy



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 Annnnd what Shannon had to say about Women's MMA 2 years ago when she was matchmaking for Strikeforce:

http://www.mmabay.co.uk/Story%20A%2000907.html

Women’s MMA on the rise due to Strikeforce? Shannon Knapp thinks so

Women’s MMA has certainly emerged over the past few years, helped in no small part by California based promotion, Strikeforce and their fighter liaison and matchmaker, Shannon Knapp thinks it’s only the beginning.

Speaking via MMAWeekly.com this past week Knapp explained:

“I think Cris ‘Cyborg’ is a tremendous athlete. She fights with an aggressive nature and also has the athleticism and the talent. Any time you have a champion, they represent you, and Cris represents us very well. She optimizes what a strong, athletic female athlete in this sport is. How could you go wrong? She keeps winning, she’s amazing when she’s in there, and I think everyone is very happy that she holds the title.”

She then discussed the importance of adding a 135 pound title to the Strikeforce ranks, with a tournament also planned at that weight.

“It’s huge. Especially when you have a female like Sarah Kaufman that’s out there just going through the 135-pound division, you come to a point when you have to say you have to solidify this weight class with a champion. I think it’s a great match-up, it will be a competitive fight, and we’re all excited about it.”

“We’re looking for the top female talent and are trying to put on good fights. I wouldn’t be surprised if in the future you saw a fully loaded all-female fight card. There’s a lot of talk of, and we haven’t set a date yet, doing different tournaments in the female divisions.”

“As long as the girls are coming in to fight, I’m all about it. I think that they have a spot in our sport, but there is still a long road to travel to get the type of acceptance females in other sports I feel are just now receiving. I think they’ve come a long way from where we were a few years ago. As awareness grows hopefully a lot more girls will be interested, they’ll apply themselves, and it will become deeper and more competitive.”

“I definitely want to thank everybody for the support they’ve given Strikeforce. Without them we don’t have a product. We’ve got some great fights coming up this year and I don’t think the fans are going to be disappointed. I think the fans will really appreciate what we’ll put out there.”

Kaufman is set to compete against Takayo Hashi tonight to determine the first ever women’s Strikeforce champion at 135 pounds in San Jose, California. The bout headlines the Challenger event.

By Michael Pepper. (Follow me on Twitter)


Cindy





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 ^ the argument isnt about Shannon Knapp... The argument is whether or not there are enough people willing to watch and buy tickets to an all Female MMA show...  There have been all Female MMA shows and the answer is an emphatic NO.



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Thanks for the info Cindy.

Hope it's a success.

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