When the bout agreement for Brieta ‘Tank Girl’ Carpenter’s debut with Invicta Fighting Championships fell from the fax machine, the twenty-three year old rookie instantly became a flyweight with a heavyweight’s worth of happiness. On Episode 10 of the MMAGOLD Podcast (link here), the excitement of ‘Tank Girl’ pounded the speakers when discussing the first target in her crosshairs as a pro: Heather ‘Heat’ Hardy, a boxer oozing championship pedigree.
Signed to Invicta FC, the leading, all-female promotion, shortly after collecting her second amateur belt in the bantamweight division at Tuff-N-Uff: Pack the Mack on June 25, 2016, the date and location for Carpenter’s invitation to the next level was in black and white: January 14, 2017 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri for Invicta FC 21: Anderson vs. Tweet; Carpenter simply awaited, at that time, a name.
While Carpenter was clobbered with the common cold, weeks prior to her appearance on the MMAGOLD Podcast, she detailed how the writing on the walls of her social caused her killer instincts to tingle as she scrolled across an announcement from her new employer. Invicta FC released an update that Heather Hardy, a world-class boxer owning the WBC International Featherweight and Super Bantamweight belts, was prepared to transition her killer combinations in the roped-off, squared circle to one that’s caged. Carpenter flashed back to the moment she saw Hardy’s name flash across the screen,
“Invicta posted: they had the headlining fight: Megan [Anderson] and Charmaine [Tweet]. It also talked about Heather Hardy being signed and said, ‘Flyweight Heather Hardy versus TBA.'”
In Carpenter’s mind, TBA stood for: ‘Tank Girl’ Be Alert; therefore, she decided to dig deeper into this issue by consulting MMAGOLD’s boxing coach, Mike Guy, and manager, Dave Hirschbein, mining the possibility of such a dream debut becoming a reality:
“I had him [Mike Guy] look at her and asked, ‘Can I fight this girl? I need to fight this girl! I need to ask for her!’ Once ‘Tank Girl’ built some momentum, she rolled right along, “I got everyone to approve it, and that was a couple of weeks ago. We ended up not asking for her; we wanted to see what Invicta had in mind.”
The print on the contract was crystal clear, stating: Carpenter vs. Hardy at Invicta FC 21, and Carpenter’s reaction exploded like artillery shells of joy. She elaborated,
“When they brought her to me a couple days ago, I was like, ‘Fuck yes! I’ve been waiting!’ I was so excited.” A windy, ten-fight stint in the amateurs, accumulating a record of 8-2, met an ideal wall in the professional ranks that Carpenter can’t wait to burst through, “We’ve been waiting for this moment, and I’m excited to be the one to welcome her to the MMA world. I didn’t want anyone else to take her and take the glory. I wanted it, so I’m stoked.”
Viewing the upcoming match-up at Invicta FC 21 while standing in Carpenter’s four-ounce gloves, the listeners brace for a violent treat as they nestle into their seats inside the Scottish Rite Temple or log into UFC Fight Pass; Carpenter concluded her thoughts for what’s in store:
“The cage is different. You might as well be in a bar with broken beer bottles. That’s my home, and I’m confident in myself. I’m going in there to do my thing.”