InvictaFC 13 Primer

Three titles will be on the line in a rare Thursday night card at Invicta at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Cris “Cyborg” Justino will defend her InvictaFC for the second time, taking on New Zealand’s Faith Van Duin.

A new bantamweight champion will be crowned as long time veteran Tonya Evinger takes on the popular Irene Aldana.

Herica Tiburcio with defend her atomweight title for the first time against Japanese star Ayaka Hamasaki.

Four other bouts will seek possible contenders for the titles.

All 14 fighters hit the scales Wednesday night and made weight. Here are the weigh-in results and a breakdown of the fights.

Photo Credits: Esther Lin/Invicta FC

cyborg van duinChampion Cris “Cyborg” Justino (144.6) vs. Faith Van Duin (144.9) – 145 title

The Fighters:

Cris “Cyborg” Justino (13-1; 1NC): The current InvictaFC featherweight champion is looking for one more title defense before dropping to 145.

Faith Van Duin (5-1): After upsetting Amadna Bell in her InvictaFC debut, the New Zealand fighter is looking to shock the world.

The Storyline:

After being dominant in MMA for a decade, Justino is starting to change her diet and drop to 135 to finally have the biggest match in MMA history with Ronda Rousey. Before she drops, she will test herself with a new star, Faith Van Duin, who has finished in all but one of her wins.

What to expect:

Justino is the proverbial wrecking machine and no one has yet to find an answer to stop the onslaught inside the cage. Her Muay Thai match with Jorina Baars is the only time we saw her defeated handily, but Baars had a lot longer reach and didn’t have to worry about takedowns. Van Duin needs to take Justino to the mat to sub her or at least stall her for points.

aldana evingerTonya Evinger (134.7) vs. Irene Aldana (134.7) – vacant 135 title


Tonya Evinger (15-6): Having won six straight, Evinger has more than earned her spot for the belt.

Irene Aldana (5-1): One of the most popular bantamweights outside the UFC, the striker is looking to gain her first world title.

The Storyline:

Evinger has had a storied career and lost to a who’s who of top fighters. She has yet to be beaten in five years and her game has grown by leaps and bounds since then. Aldana hadn’t won her first MMA fight before Evinger’s current run, but has been a wrecking ball having won all of her fights by first round stoppage. The lone loss was to UFC bantamweight Larissa Pacheco two years ago, and she has since change dramatically.

What to expect:

Evinger is the odds on favorite in this one as Aldana has yet to compete against a high class wrestling and vet as Evinger. If Aldana can keep it standing, she may get her hands on some gold. Another question is Aldana’s endurance, as her only loss came in the third round.

Tiburcio_and_HamasakiChampion Herica Tiburcio (104.8) vs. Ayaka Hamasaki (104.7) – 105 title

The Fighters

Herica Tiburcio (9-2): The champ looks to repeat her dominance atop the 105 division.

Ayaka Hamasaki (11-1): The former DEEP-JEWELS champion has seen better success as 105

The Storyline:

Tiburcio upset Michelle Waterson to win the belt in December. She dropped to atomweight and she didn’t skip a beat. Her only losses were to Claudia Gadelha and Camila Lima by decision. Hamasaki dropped to 105 and has become a new fighter. Her dominance over former InvictaFC title challenger Naho Sugiyama and her win over current DEEP-JEWELS champ Mei Yamaguchi has given her the opportunity to have help world titles in Japan and the US.

What to expect:

This is probably one of the most unpredictable title fights in Invicta’s history. Hamasaki has the reach and experience advantage but the champion has proved she is up to the task. For once, we aren’t sure what is going to happen, which could see a technical and unpredictable fight.

brown costiganCatherine Costigan (104.8) vs. Amber Brown (105.4)

The Fighters

Catherine Costigan (5-0): The Irish fighter is looking to extend her undefeated streak,

Amber Brown (4-1): Brown looks for the win and a possible title shot.

The Storyline:

After recovering from neck surgery, Costigan returned to four straight wins, with three of them at Cage Warriors. She subbed in all but one win. Brown recovered after a loss to Emi Fujino with back to back wins.

What to expect:

Classic grappler versus striker match-up. Will be interesting to see how Costigan handles Brown’s boxing and if Brown’s ground game has improved since her submission loss to Fujino.

Kianzad_and_ClarkPannie Kianzad (135.3) vs. Jessy Rose Clark (134.3)

The Fighters

Pannie Kianzad (7-0): The Cage Warriors champ looks to put herself in position to hold titles on two continents,

Jessy Rose Clark (5-1): The Aussie looks to hand the Swed her first loss.

The Storyline:

Since the hiatus of Cage Warriors, champion Kianzad is looking to work her way up the bantamweight ladder. Having yet to be beaten, she is one of a handful of bantamweight stars not signed to the UFC and could makes a case for a title match with a win.

Clark went undefeated last year with one match going five rounds for the Roshambo title. She has wins over Bellator fighter Arlene Blencowe and XFC signee Kate Da Silva.

What to expect:

Kianzad is on fire with three of her wins by finish. Clark has proven her durability with her only loss by decision. This one should go to the cards with the more Kianzad edging it out.

montegro moyleAmy Montenegro (115.7) vs. Jamie Moyle (115)

The Fighters

Amy Montenegro (6-1): The BJJ expert has started to evolve her striking.

Jamie Moyle (2-0): The Tuff-n-uff tournament winner has been impressive in both of her Invicta wins.

The Storyline:

Montenegro’s only loss was by a close split decision to Katie Howard, and has since won three straight. Moyle has impressed since her Invicta debut, with an impressive submission win over J.J. Aldrich in her last fight.

What to expect:

Moyle’s striking will be something to look out for. Montegro will most likely try to make it a mat battle, but should be interesting if it goes there.

BP-1L4xRlrjgAQGXTuPbCg4MIWmXKaV6aPO7YQDsYmUMarina Shafir (145.2) vs.  Amber Leibrock (145.6)

The Fighters

Marina Shafir (1-1): The Horsewoman looking to recover after her first loss.

Amber Leibrock (3-1 ammy): The Tuff-n-uff tournament winner looks to impress in her pro debut.

The Storyline:

After losing to InvictaFC’s Amanda Bell, Sharfir took time to regroup and looks to get her career back on track. Leibrock battle some of the top featherweight amateur prospects to gain her spot with Invicta.

What to expect:

The fight is a lot closer than people think. Shafir took some time to shore up her striking game. Leibrock would like to keep it standing, keep from being in a pummeling battle against the cage, and avoid the ground, as we yet to see Shafir be really tested on the ground.

One thought on “InvictaFC 13 Primer”

  1. Cris vs Faith expect bull rush like vs Gina and Marleos. Faith will impress with toughness and chin possibly into latter first round. Expect Cris to make final statement via cage to Rousey…

    Tonya the upsetter vs Irene the tarantula – Tonya has to take control and no lapses to take the belt while Irene has to keep her spidey senses alert for lapse as noted in last match vs another mat vet.

    Herica the opportunist vs Ayaka the experienced Jewels champ. Japan is learnin Invicta fc due to record overseas yet card favor ring experience this time around.

    Amber striking vs mat vet Catherine if Amber replicates Joannaz recent ufc battle the boxers n strikers have taken the scene from grapplers. Cathz endurance will be tested while recovering by pulling a barb huchack of trapping against cage fir takedownz.

    Fight of night potential with Pannie and Jessy. Swede vs Aussi Aussi Oi Oi Oi. the women have faced myraid grapplers and strikers throughout their careers. Ring endurance and points might come down to decision.

    Jaime ground game not to be overlooked as has wins vs strikers and grapplers to include sleeper tko. Amy cant shoot due to height disadvantage though knees and trapping against cage with single leg takedowns for grappling contest. Jaime has home crowd advantage being runnin reb and tuff background.

    Marina not wanting to learn same lesson will go inside Ambers elbows for tosses and grind out on the mats. Amber needs to use knees and reach to get decision or to Marinaz chin.

    Sidenote notice that Irene, Herica, Catherine, and Amber are show left punches or positions in pix.

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