Recap of InvictaFC 6
By: Felicia Spencer
Marloes Coenen (21-6-0) vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (12-1-0 1NC) for Inaugural Featherweight Title
Fans generally seemed to want a stunning win by Marloes Coenen, but expected a quick finish by the ever-controversial Cris Cyborg. In this apparent season of MMA-upsets, fans may have been pulling a little extra for the underdog. Though Coenen landed a few well-placed shots- particularly some standing elbows- it was clear right away that Cyborg was dominating this fight. The ambush of beautiful takedowns and brutal ground and pound that Cyborg unleashed left fans wondering how Coenen managed to grind though the fight until the 4th round, where the fight ended via TKO on the ground. Invicta has its very first Featherweight Champion.
Claudia Gadelha (10-0-0) vs. Ayaka Hamasaki (9-1-0)
This number one contender Strawweight fight had yet another match-up of undefeated fighters. Brazilian Claudia Gadelha came away with the victory over Japanese Ayaka Hamasaki, and the next shot at Champion Carla Esparza. The battle was exciting on the ground as the two high level grapplers fought until Gadelha won via TKO in the third round.
Sarah D’Alelio (7-4-0) vs Lauren Taylor (7-0-0)
This Bantamweight fight went to a decision after three action packed rounds- though it would have been a fun fight to watch go five rounds! This is a huge win for still undefeated Lauren Taylor.
Leslie Smith (6-3-1) vs. Jennifer Maia (7-3-0)
Leslie Smith entered the Flyweight division with fireworks- earning yet another Fight of the Night award with Jennifer Maia. Smith won the fight via decision, and secured her number one contender spot. Maia and Smith were back and forth standing with exchanges that were lengthy and frequent, AND had some enticing ground work for those who appreciate the technical ground fighters.
Jessica Penne (11-2-0) vs. Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc (8-7-0)
Former Atomweight Champion, Jessica Penne, bounced back from loss to Michelle Waterson with a submission win via rear choke- with only 3 seconds left in the first round! The fight started on the feet where neither fighter was dominating, and Penne made the successful choice to move the fight to the ground.
Joanne Calderwood (7-0-0) vs. Norma Center (2-1-0)
Fan favorite from Scotland, Joanne Calderwood, kept her perfect record with a decision win over Norma Center. Known for her phenomenal striking abilities, Calderwood displayed a well-rounded game on Saturday, with a close attempt at an armbar from the bottom position.
Bec Hyatt (5-3-0) vs. Mizuki Inoue (6-1-0)
Fan favorite, Bec Hyatt, faced the 18-year-old Mizuki Inoue, but was subject to her second loss in Invicta, via decision. All three judges scored the fight 29-28 for Inoue.
Miriam Nakamoto (3-0-0) vs. Duda Yankovich (1-2-0)
Nakamoto earned the Knockout of the Night award with her TKO victory over Yankovich in the first round.
Rose Namajunas (2-1-0) vs. Tecia Torres (3-0-0)
Thug Rose and Tecia Torres came into this anticipated Straw weight fight between two undefeated up and comers in the division. With “Thug” Rose Namajunas having one of the most exciting submission victories of the year in her last fight, the fans expected a great fight. Tecia Torres came out with the decision victory Saturday night.
Ediane Gomes (149.0 pounds) vs. Tamikka Brents (151.1 pounds)
Last minute replacement, Tamikka Brents, came in Friday over the weight limit, and this fight ended up becoming a lightweight match-up.. However, the fight was scrapped after Brents sustained an injury before the fight.
Ashley Cummins (3-2-0) vs. Emily Kagan (3-1-0)
Emily Kagan defeated Ashley Cummins via split decision.
Mollie Estes (145) vs. Veronica Rothenhausler (Fight cancelled as fighter medically unfit)
This Featherweight bout was cancelled after Rothenhausler was deemed medically unfit to fight at the weigh-ins Friday night.
Kathina Carton (3-3-0) vs. Livia Von Plettenberg (2-1-0)
This fight was supposed to be Cassie Robb and Livia Von Plettenberg at an atomweight (105lbs) bout, but Von Plettenberg came in 8 pounds over weight. Robb was given her fight purse and had the night off. Instead Kathina Catron stepped up on incredibly short notice and the fight was changed to a catch weight of 125lbs. Von Plettenberg pulled off the decision victory.
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