Helena Kolesnyk won’t be fighting for a title – or against a champion from another division – but she will get to remain on the Invicta FC 24 card.
The all-female promotion announced Friday that Kolesnyk will meet Pam Sorenson in a 145-pound contest at the July 15 event. Additionally, a strawweight clash between Miranda Maverick and Gabby Romero was added to the card. Invicta FC takes place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo., and is headlined by a flyweight tilt between Milana Dudieva and Mara Romero Borella. The eight-bout card will stream in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Kolesnyk was initially slated to challenge Megan Anderson for the featherweight crown in the Invicta FC 24 main event, but Anderson was signed by the UFC to face Cristiane Justino for the Las Vegas-based promotion’s vacant 145-pound strap. Kolesnyk was then booked against reigning bantamweight queen Tonya Evinger in the new headliner. However, after Anderson was removed from the UFC 214 bill, Evinger was tabbed to face “Cyborg,” once again leaving Kolesyk without an opponent.
A 27-year-old native of the Ukraine, Kolesnyk is unbeaten in six professional appearances, with all of her victories coming inside the distance. Sorenson, meanwhile, is 5-2 overall and is coming off a split-decision loss to Ediane Gomes at Invicta FC 23.