While the atmosphere around the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri is frigid and icy on January 14, 2017, Invicta Fighting Championships will force mercury from the tops of any thermometers inside the venue when flyweights Brieta ‘Tank Girl’ Carpenter and Heather ‘Heat’ Hardy, two of Invicta FC’s hottest debutants, meet at Invicta FC 21: Anderson vs. Tweet.
Invicta FC’s bell may welcome Hardy to MMA, but professional prizefighting is old hat for the New York native. As a boxer, Hardy compiled an undefeated record of 18-0 and is a decorated champion, holding WBC International titles in the featherweight and super bantamweight division. Hardy hopes the metal fence, instead of ropes, surrounding this contest conducts enough ‘Heat’ to melt Carpenter’s armor.
Hosting an unblemished, in both wins and losses, pro record broadcasts a rookie on paper, but Carpenter’s ability to transform into ‘Tank Girl’ and stream roll adversity has been highlighted throughout her stint in the amateurs. Packed with explosive firepower in her punches and kicks, Carpenter hypnotizes spectators into a state of shock and awe. For example, when ‘Tank Girl’ rumbled into the Mack Center at Tuff-N-Uff on June 25, 2016, she required ten-seconds worth of handiwork to drop her opponent, as well as the jaws of everyone in attendance, and collect her second amateur 135-pound title. Set the clapper at the beginning of the round, instead of the end, and countdown the spectacular finish for yourself:
The heart-stopping win captured the attention of the MMA community at large, but, more importantly, the executive eyes from Invicta FC keenly turned in Carpenter’s direction.
Contracted at her optimal weight class—125-pounds, Invicta FC 21 will afford Carpenter an opportunity to see ‘The Heat’ smoldering in the opposite corner, smother Hardy like a wet blanket, and roll the veteran boxer around before freezing her in her tracks with bone-chilling power.