Barb Honchak Says She Found Out About Losing Invicta Title Via Twitter
By FCF Staff
Prior to Invicta FC 19 last night, the promotion announced on Friday that it was giving Jennifer Maia the undisputed flyweight title, as a result of Barb Honchak’s inactivity. According to the latter, however, no one from the promotion contacted Honchak to inform her of the decision.
Honchak (10-2), who hasn’t fought since November, 2014, reported the following on Sqor:
I understand that Invicta would want to take the “interm” off the title since I have been out for an extended amount of time. But, I would have like the opportunity to relinquish and I would have like to have known by means other than Twitter.
Jennifer Maia had been the interim flyweight champ prior to Friday, defended the undisputed title at Invicta FC 19, by decisioning Roxanne Modafferi.
In a follow up report from MMA Fighting.com, Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp said she thought Honchak was aware that the promotion was going to be giving the title to Maia. According to Knapp, she told Honchak’s manager Ed Soares earlier this summer that Invicta was going to be moving ahead with the flyweight belt. Knapp also claimed that it was their understanding that Honchak was relinquishing the title, and that she was not stripped of the belt.
Soares, however, claims that nothing was determined in his meeting with Knapp. According to Soares, Honchak was sitting out since there were no challengers for her to fight. Honchak’s contract was also set to expire, and the fighter has been considering whether she might drop to 115, and compete in the UFC.