Atomweight champion Jinh Yu Frey forced out of Invicta FC 37 headliner

Jinh Yu Frey

Next Friday night, Invicta FC 37 goes down in Kansas City, Kansas. Unfortunately, there has been a change in the main event.

Invicta FC 37 was originally set to be headlined by an atomweight championship rematch. As of Monday, however, it was announced by the promotion that the champion, Jinh Yu Frey, will no longer be able to compete in her rematch with the top contender, Ashley Cummins.

Frey would reveal on Instagram that it was an accidental head clash in training that resulted in a cut over her left eye that forced her out of the bout.

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Tough day at the office. I’m absolutely gutted to announce that I have to withdraw from my title defense next week. I took an accidental headbutt during training that required 5 stitches. After all the work, dieting, and expenses that have already gone into this camp it was a very difficult decision to make and wasn’t made lightly. This is the first time in 18 fights I’ve had to pull from a fight. But, the silver lining is that it isn’t a major injury. I feel fine and can continue doing things that do not require contact at the moment. It isn’t a knee, back, or neck injury that would sideline me for a significant amount of time. I’m ready to go as soon as Invicta can rebook it. ???????? Thank you to all my sponsors and all of you for the continued support. @the_dice_team @cruzcombat @onnit @premiumjanecbd @clubcryo @nearfallclothing @invictafc @versaclimber @smartstopselfstorage

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With Frey vs Cummins 2 now off of Invicta FC 37, the flyweight co-main event between Pearl Gonzalez and Brogan Walker-Sanchez has been promoted up a slot. The atomweight title fight rematch is now going to be rescheduled for Invicta FC 39 in December.

Frey and Cummins first met in July 2017 at Invicta FC 24. Frey would get the better of “Smashley” via unanimous decision. Thus making her the only woman to defeat Cummins in Cummins’ last five fights. Cummins has won two straight against the likes of Jessica Delboni and Stephanie Alba since the loss to Frey.

In the champion’s case, this bout was and will end up being Frey’s third consecutive rematch. After winning the title via unanimous decision in July 2018 against Minna Grusander, the pair ran things back in December. The champion would successfully defend her title.

Jinh Yu Frey last fought overseas in June in an attempt and capture a second title and get redemption against the RIZIN champion, Ayaka Hamasaki. Despite putting up a good effort that likely would have gotten her the nod in America, Frey came up short once again. This time by unanimous decision.

The full seven-fight lineup for Invicta FC 37 can be seen below.

  • Flyweight: Pearl Gonzalez vs. Brogan Walker-Sanchez
  • Flyweight: Mariya Agapova vs. Marilla Santos
  • Strawweight: Kay Hansen vs. Nicolle Caliari
  • Atomweight: Shino VanHoose vs. Lindsey VanZandt
  • Atomweight: Linda Mihalec vs. Marisa Messer-Belenchia
  • Bantamweight: Megan Cawley vs. Hope Chase
  • Flyweight: Jordan Kaaze vs. Claire Guthrie

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The Scrap’s Drake Riggs is an MMA writer and YouTuber based out of Brush Prairie, Washington who specializes in feature pieces, the women’s fight scene, lists, news coverage, and rankings. Riggs has been a passionate MMA fan since 2009 and has written for various news sources. You can follow him on Twitter (@Dre_Kriggs).