InvictaFC 12 Primer

1 - Kankaanpaa VS Souza (2)InvictaFC 12 is set with eight fights on Friday night in Kansas City.

At first glance there are not too many familiar names, but we can attest there is a lot of talent awaiting to showcase their skills and make an impression.

Some notes before we breakdown the card:

  • Stephanie Skinner had to bow out of her fight with Cassie Rodish due to injury. We expect that Rodish will be on the July card.
  • Roma Pawelek is also out due to injury and is being replaced by the newly signed Gina Begley.
  • Raquel Pa’aluhi missed weight by 0.1 pounds on the first attempt, but re-weighed in at 135.9 on the second. She will be fined 10% of her purse
  • Jenny Liou missed weight by 2.2 pounds and didn’t weigh back in. She was fined 25% of her purse.
  • Walker weighed in at 146.6 and re-weighed at 146.5. Will be fined 25% of her purse
  • Porto weighed in at 128.6 and re-weighed at 126.5. She will be fined 25% of her purse.

All the fights will stream on UFC Fight Pass Friday night at 7 p.m. central time.

Photos courtesy Scott Hirano, Invicta FC


9 - Begley VS Eubanks (1)Gina Begley (135.5) vs. Sijara Eubanks (135)

The Fighters

Gina Begley (5-3 amateur): Coming off a successful ammy career, the Kentucky fight comes in last minute and looking for her first win as a pro.

Sijara Eubanks (2-0 ammy): BJJ black belt looks to gain her first MMA win in a surprising fashion.

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The Storyline

Begley was looking for an opportunity to go pro the past few months when Invicta came calling. The host of Pro WMMA Now has three submissions to her credit as an amateur and has only been stopped once.  She also has a notable win over fellow InvictaFC fighter Shannon Sinn.

Banks has had trouble finding opponents having got submissions in both of her amateur bouts. She is a multiple-time IBJJF world champion.

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What to expect:

On paper it looks like a grappler versus grappler bout, but Begley has been working hard on her striking game, having done amateur Muay Thai tournaments in the past. On the ground, Eubanks will have the upper hand, but will be interesting if Begley works from her back with her BJJ training from 10th Planet. Should be an intriguing match if it hits the mat.


 8 - Sinn VS Riordon (1)Shannon Sinn (125.3) vs. Maureen Riordon (125.5)

The Fighters

Shannon Sinn (1-2): The ground specialist is looking to even her record after a promotional debut loss.

Maureen Riordon (0-1): The multi-combat-sports athlete is looking for her first win as a pro.

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The Storyline

The two former teammates will finally do battle as this has been in the works for the past two years. The two never really trained together according to Sinn, and Sinn has been wanting this fight. Riordon has been busy testing her skills in MMA, boxing, and Muay Thai throughout 2014.

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What to expect

In a striker versus grappler match-up, Sinn would have the advantage on the ground. Riordon’s striking will be interesting to watch as she has competed in most forms of it. Expect the unexpected in this one.


7 - Owen VS Jacobson (1) (1)Delaney Owen (114) vs. Sharon Jacobson (115.6)

The Fighters

Delaney Owen (3-1): Coming off a loss in her InvictaFC debut, Owen has come back to Invicta with a win uder her belt.

Sharon Jacobson (2-1): Having lost to DeAnna Bennet in her pro debut, she has back to back TKO finishes.

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The Storyline

In what is packed division at strawweight, these two athletes want to gain a win and much needed experience.

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What to expect

Owen’s ground game is solid with two finishes in that manner, but Jacobson’s wrestling experience could null her efforts on the ground. Both are dangerous strikers, but watch out for Jacobson’s power. The big question will be if Jacobson has any cage rust after not competing in over a year in MMA. This could be a sleeper for “Fight of the Night”.


6 - Schuckman VS Liou (2)Lacey Schuckman (114.8) vs. Jenny Liou (118.2)

The Fighters

Lacey Schuckman (10-8): After her war with Waterson at InvictaFC 3, Schuckman returns to the promotion with three more wins under her belt.

Jenny Liou (3-1): Coming off her first pro loss at InvictaFC 9, Liou is coming off a win of her own.

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The Storyline

A familiar name to long time fans, Schuckman is willing to take a fight at the drop of a hat. This was true last year when she not only fought MMA but also boxing. He record is a bit deceiving as she has fought as heavy as 125 in the past year. She looked brilliant at 105, but it is questionable if she will drop back to atomweight again.

Liou regained some confidence in her last win, but is looking to up her game and get a major upset win over Schuckman.

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What to expect:

Liou’s ground game is solid, but her striking is something we are hoping has improved since her InvictaFC debut. The experienced Schuckman has a solid striking game, and hung with former champion Michelle Waterson in what was a “Fight of the Night” performance. A win could get Schuckman closer to a title shot.


5 - Morgan VS Walker (2)Peggy Morgan (145.7) vs. Latoya Walker (146.5)

The Fighters

Peggy Morgan (3-2): Having made a successful return to featherweight at InvictaFC 10, Morgan looks to continue her journey up the rankings.

Latoya Walker (4-0): The undefeated phenom will make her long awaited InvictaFC debut.

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The Storyline

In a division in need of fighters, this match could jump someone into featherweight title contention. Both of Morgan’s losses were at bantamweight and she looks stronger and faster at 145 with her win over Andria Wawro.

Walker has proven to be a tough competitor, having gone five rounds in one of her wins.

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What to expect:

This should stay on the feet with Morgan’s boxing against Walker’s power shots. Morgan has the reach advantage and won’t be surprised if leg kicks enter into the equation. Walker needs to get in close and make it an inside game. Walker did try to cut after missing weight and this could be a factor.


4 - Gomes VS Pa'aluhi (1)Ediane Gomes (134.8) vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi (135.9)

The Fighters

Ediane Gomes (10-3): The former featherweight title contender will seek her first win at 135.

Raquel Pa’aluhi (4-4): The wrestler is looking to continue her momentum and climb the InvictaFC bantamweight ladder.

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The Storyline

Gomes didn’t look well going into her fight with Tonya Evinger, and it showed in her loss. Wanting to stay at 135, the cut looked better this time around as see seeks to redeem herself and make her mark in the division.

Pa’aluhi has faced the best of the best in the division and has finally got back to back wins. Her move to Vegas and Drysdale’s gym has given her a BJJ game on top of her wrestling.

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What to expect:

Hawaii is known for its tough fighters, as is Brazil. Pa’aluhi’s style is similar to Evinger’s in terms of wrestling and BJJ, and hopefully Gomes has learned from her last loss. Gomes has power in her hands, and Pa’aluhi has a tough chin. Hard to see how this one ends, but should be a fun fight.


3 - Bell VS Van Duin (1)Amanda Bell (145) vs. Faith Van Duin (145.6)

The Fighters

Amanda Bell (3-2): Having won three straight, she is freight train in the featherweight division.

Faith Van Duin (4-1): The New Zealnder has earned her stripes and looks for a successful U.S. debut.

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The Storyline

The winner of this match will most likely face Cyborg Justino for the 145 title in July. Bell’s stock has risen with wins over Marina Shafir and Maria Hougaard, with both in ending in the first round.

Van Duin is coming off a loss to newly signed Bellator fighter Arlene Blencowe. She won the Storm Damage one night featherweight tournament in 2013.

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What to expect

Both are heavy hitters and have pretty good chins. It will be interesting if Bell gets the fight against the fence. Ground wise, look for Bell to have a slight edge. We don’t expect this to go the distance and a good contender of “Performance of the Night”.


2 - Modafferi VS Porto (2)Roxanne Modafferi (125.7) vs. Vanessa Porto (126.5)

The Fighters

Roxanne Modafferi (17-11): Having won back to back fights, Modafferi tries to continue her comeback.

Vanessa Porto (17-6): Like Modafferi, she has won back to back fights and is looking for the flyweight rematch.

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The Storyline

This is a rematch from 2008, but seven years is a long time. Both have changed as fighters and have had their ups and downs.

The winner of this fight gets her a rematch with the flyweight champion Barb Honchak at what we expect InvictaFC 14 this fall.

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What to expect:

This should go the distance, but it will be interesting in terms of striking strategy. If this goes to the mat we will be pleasantly surprised. Porto did cut two pounds to attempt to make weight and could play a factor in the later rounds.


 

1 - Kankaanpaa VS Souza (1)Strawweight title: Katja Kankaanpää (114.6) vs. Livia Renata Souza (113.9) 

The Fighters

Katja Kankaanpää (10-1-1): The champion looks to defend her belt for the first time.

Livia Renata Souza (7-0): the Brazilian looks to take the gold in her U.S. debut.

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The Storyline

It seems as of late European strawweights have been dominate in the division and Finland’s Kankaanpää has lead the way. Her comeback submission win over Stephanie Eggink for the belt won her the 2014 WMMA Press Submission of the Year Award.

Souza is also familiar with submissions, having six of her wins in that fashion. The undefeated Brazilian is making her InvictaFC debut in her biggest match to date.

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What to expect:

The champ needs to try to keep it standing. Souza’s top notch ground game is second to none and is dangerous even off her back. If Kankaanpää can endure; use her striking and takedown defense; and take it the distance, she will retain her title. Don’t sleep on Souza who could upset in her InvictaFC debut.

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One thought on “InvictaFC 12 Primer”

  1. This card is disappointing not only because the match ups are weak but also for the fact that 4 of these professionals if that’s what you want to call them missed weight is so disrespectful to the sport and the other fighters that take there job serious. Fines are not enough, take there entire purse away, not likely they will miss weight again!

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