INTERNATIONAL SPORTS HALL OF FAME AWARDS
Saturday, March 5, 2022 | Arnold Sports Festival, Columbus, Ohio
Shannon Knapp – Founder Invicta Fighting Championships
Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp is a longtime veteran of the combat sports world. During her 20-plus years in the industry, she has held roles with the UFC, Affliction, Strikeforce, the IFL, WFA, King of the Cage, and SportFight.
A former self-defense instructor, Knapp entered the world of mixed martial arts (MMA) intent on changing the landscape for its athletes. Through her experience and industry knowledge, Knapp formed a vision of a major platform for professional female fighters to hone their skills consistently. This vision became a reality in 2012 with the creation of Invicta Fighting Championships, the world’s premier combat sports organization for women.
After nearly a decade of operation under Knapp’s leadership, Invicta FC continues to pioneer the growth of women’s MMA by promoting the best possible matchups and developing future superstars of the sport. With Invicta FC, Knapp continues to innovate, becoming the first major MMA organization in North America to utilize open scoring and paying homage to the sport’s roots with a one-night tournament format. Her visionary mindset continues to carry both Invicta FC and the sport to new heights.