American martial artist

Barbara Honchak (born August 30, 1979)[2] is an American professional female mixed martial artist.[3] She is the first Invicta FC Flyweight Champion.[4] She has four wins in the Invicta FC promotion and holds notable victories over Vanessa Porto, Roxanne Modafferi, Leslie Smith and Felice Herrig.


Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Honchak went 8-1 as an amateur mixed martial artist and made her professional debut on November 28, 2009.[3]

In her fourth professional fight, Honchak defeated Felice Herrig at Hoosier FC 6 on January 14, 2011.[5]

Honchak won three more fights in 2011, defeating Amber McAvoy and Nina Ansaroff by decision[6][7] and Roxanne Modafferi by submission due to a rear-naked choke.[8]

Invicta Fighting Championships[edit]

Honchak made her Invicta Fighting Championships debut on July 28, 2012 at Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann.[9] She defeated Bethany Marshall by TKO in the second round.[10][11]

On October 28, 2012, Honchak faced Aisling Daly at Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama.[12] She defeated Daly by unanimous decision.[13][14]

The victory over Daly earned Honchak a shot at the inaugural Invicta FC Flyweight title on April 5, 2013 at Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson.[15] She defeated Vanessa Porto by unanimous decision to become the first Invicta FC Flyweight Champion.[16][17]

Honchak faced Leslie Smith at Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith on December 7, 2013.[18][19] She successfully defended her Invicta FC title, winning via unanimous decision.

Honchak faced Takayo Hashi at Invicta FC 9 on November 1, 2014 and successfully defended her title with another unanimous decision victory.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In August 2017, it was announced that after a few years away from the sport Honchak would be one of the fighters featured on The Ultimate Fighter 26, where the process to crown the UFC’s inaugural 125-pound Women’s Champion will take place.[20]

In the first round, Honchak defeated Gillian Robertson via TKO in the second round, allowing her to move on to the next stage of the competition.[21] In the quarterfinals, Honchak faced Rachael Ostovich-Berdon and won the fight by unanimous decision after two rounds.[22] In the semifinals, Honchak faced Nicco Montaño. She lost the fight via unanimous decision after three rounds.[23]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Honchak was scheduled to face Roxanne Modafferi on December 1, 2017 at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale.[24] However, on the day of the weigh in, Sijara Eubanks was pulled from the fight for kidney failure while trying to make weight and she was replaced by Modafferi to face Nicco Montaño. Honchak instead faced Lauren Murphy.[25][26] She lost the back-and-forth fight by split decision.[27]

The rematch between Honchak and Roxanne Modafferi was rescheduled to take place July 6, 2018 at UFC TUF 27 Finale.[28] Honchak lost the fight via technical knockout in round two.[29]

Honchak was released by the UFC in August 2018.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Honchak went to Edwardsville High School, where she graduated in 1997. Then she earned an associate degree from Lewis & Clark Community College.[31] She has a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from Western Washington University and her Master’s in Ecological Genetics from Northern Arizona University.[32] She is married to her husband, Timm.[33]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Invicta FC
  • Women’s MMA Awards
    • 2013 Fighter of the Year
    • 2013 Flyweight of the Year
  • WMMA Awards
    • 2013 Flyweight of the Year[34]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

See also[edit]


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