Several days ago, Invicta FC founder Shannon Knapp casually referenced Matchmaker Janet Martin no longer being with the company.
Michael Noone @menoone71
Im sure @jlmartin54 & @shanknapp are interested in the @AmberlynnOrr & @lilcannon4 #MainEvent fight at @V3Fights on 11/23 in Memphis!! #WMMA
Shannon Knapp @shanknapp
she has my attention. I am looking forward to seeing the fight. btw- Janet is no longer with Invicta.
There is no further word on who the replacement will be, but Invicta FC strawweight champion Carla Esparza alleged some details, via Facebook.
"So I guess the word is out, Janet Martin is no longer with Invicta FC," wrote Esparza. "There was unethical activity going on, so this had to be done. Although she was always nice to me, she has been hurting a company that has done so much for me and for WMMA, and that is definitely NOT COOL."
Knapp appeared on MMA Jam Live, and remained characteristically calm and professional about Martin no longer being with Invicta.
"I know everyone has danced around and nobody wants to bring it up and I feel really bad because you guys are the first time anyone has spoken to me since the situation with Janet," said Knapp as transcribed by Examiner.com. "I can tell you that you can ask me questions about that, and in all fairness I don't think it's fair to you that you're the first ones that are talking to me and everyone wants to avoid that conversation. I will answer you as honestly as I can.
"There are a few things that I wouldn't answer because I feel it's unprofessional, but the situation has thrown a few wrenches we might say, so I just need some time to kind of evaluate again. I'm cleaning up a lot of messes and peeling back a lot of layers of issues, problems, lies... I want to get this stuff cleaned up before I move in on to announcing that and talking more in-depth about 2014.
"That's not saying we're going down or anything like that. That's just being a responsible business person and really needing to go through everything because I've still got a lot of restructuring to do. In other words, I'm just being responsible in saying 'yes that is the plan.' If one didn't happen in January, it would happen in February. Only thing that would throw us off is if it was a little more complicated in what I'm cleaning up. But it doesn't look like it will be at this point in time."
"My first instinct is just to tell it like it is, but you can't always do that in business. You can't just go out there and say it exactly the way it is because there are so many other intertwined things. But c'mon it's Invicta. You look at our logo, it's the Phoenix. We're not going to go down and stay down. It doesn't matter. We are going to hurdle a lot of obstacles as we continue to grow, and we've already hurdled tons."
So the show will go on, with Invicta FC 7 on Dec. 7, once again at the Ameristar Casino Hotel, in Kansas City, Missouri.
“We are excited about returning to the big stage in full force with another loaded card featuring a fantastic mix of world championship bouts and other world-class MMA action that will see a collection of the best women fighters on the planet face off against each other,” said Knapp.
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