“.50 Kal” Kalyn Holliday: I want Invicta to trust I’m a reliable and available fighter
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Oregon’s Kalyn “.50 Kal” Holliday. Holliday, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, made her first professional appearance on the heels of an undefeated amateur career that includes six victories. Her pro debut, also her Invicta Fighting Championship’s debut, seemed like an impossible one.
We at MyMMANews featured a profile on the Parris Island graduate before she ever stepped foot in the Invicta FC cage, before she was event signed to a contract, and it was then that we knew she had all the tools to eventually launch a successful pro career.
Her opponent, Van Soest amassed a record of 10-1-1 as an amateur kickboxer before turning pro where she hold a record of 17 wins, with two losses, and one draw. As you can see, on paper, although she took was making her pro MMA debut, the experience factor that Van Soest had was far superior to Holliday’s.
None of that didn’t matter to the Marine Corps Veteran.
Holliday marched into Invicta FC 19 in September 2016 and defied the odds, getting a second round submission win.
“I took the fight with miranda because that’s what we offered in the time frame,” Holliday tells MyMMANews.
“I don’t bat an eyelash at names or records, I take fights. I belive I original was set to fight Sunna Davidsdotter but she took a different opponent. I’m not here to play picky choosy, I want Invicta to trust I’m a reliable and available fighter. It’s possible some people think my last fight was a fluke, but I don’t think to hard on how people perceive me, I just show up ready to fight.”
This Saturday night Holliday faces her second pro test, Miranda Maverick, who is also 1-0 as a pro. The fight takes places at Invicta FC 22.
“I don’t think winning against Miranda will do much for my rankings. She’s just as green as me. I look forward to the possibility of fighting a contender next time I get a fight with Invicta. I’m just grateful to be a part of the organization and happy to serve them as they see fit,” Holliday said.
Invicta FC 22 will be headlined by a bantamweight title rematch between champion Tonya Evinger (18-5, 1 NC) and Russian challenger Yana Kunitskaya (9-2, 1 NC).
The event takes place Saturday, March 25 from the historic Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The event streams live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass at 8 p.m. ET.
The complete Invicta FC 22 fight card can be found below:
Bantamweight Title: Tonya Evinger (18-5, 1 NC) vs. Yana Kunitskaya (9-2, 1 NC)
Strawweight: Ayaka Hamasaki (14-1) vs. Livia Renata Souza (9-1)
Strawweight: DeAnna Bennett (8-2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (5-2)
Atomweight: Jinh Yu Frey (5-2) vs. Janaisa Morandin (9-0)
Atomweight: Amber Brown (6-3) vs. Ashley Cummins (4-3)
Strawweight: Sunna Rannveig Davidsdottir (1-0) vs. Mallory Martin (1-0)
Strawweight: Kal Holliday (1-0) vs. Miranda Maverick (1-0)
Featherweight: Felicia Spencer (1-0) vs. Madison McElhaney (1-0)