InvictaFC 14 Primer

evinger kianzadThe 14th Invicta card sees a mix of fresh talent and veteran fighters.

With an stellar main event and several other matches to determine title challengers for the champs, the card is stack will solid matches with many hard to call.

Here is out breakdown of the card and weigh-in results:


* Pannie Kianzad, DeAnna Bennett, and Rosa Acevedo all missed weight and didn’t re-weigh. They will be docked 25% if their fight purse.

** Tonya Evinger came in at 135.2 the first time and had to cut to 135. Will be deducted 15% of her fight purse. Will not lose her title with a loss.

All photos courtesy Scott Hirano, Invicta FC

spenser wiley 2Rachel Wiley (155.0) vs. Felicia Spencer (155.3)

The Fighters:

Rachel Wiley (6-2 ammy; pro debut): The amateur standout finally gets her shot on the big stage.

Felicia Spencer (5-2 ammy; pro debut): The Tuff-n-uff winner looks to make an impact like her predecessors

The Storyline:

With the push for more lightweight fights, Invicta is bring in the bigger athletes slowly into the fold. Wiley has been someone a lot of the media in the sport have been pushing for inclusion into the Invicta mix to spur on the division. The Kansas local has her work ahead of her in the Tuff-n-uff tournament winner in Felicia Spencer. Out of Jungle MMA in Orlando, she has been a long time training partner of InvictaFC star Jamie Moyle.

What to expect:

For being at 155, Wiley brings in a solid ground game and has been battle tested. As has Spenser, who saw two finishes in her tournament win. As much as you would expect this to be a battle of the feet, it will be the submission versus ground and pound game to watch out for in this one.

cooper laddAspen Ladd (125.7) vs. Amanda Bobby Cooper (125.1) 

The Fighters:

Aspen Ladd (1-0): After a successful debut at Invicta, Ladd looks to continue her climb in the flyweight division.

Amanda Bobby Cooper (1-0): The Michigander looks to finally make an impact at Invicta.

The Storyline:

Ladd has had some notable wins as an amateur and has seen a dominate run. This translated to the pros so far with a TKO win in her promotional debut. Cooper had signed to Invicta in 2014 before being sidelined due to injury. Before that, she had a notable submission win over amateur prospect Brittany Dugas.

What to expect:

Neither go to decision much and we can expect one of them will take home a Performance of the Night bonus. Copper won’t have the reach advantage, but had some good wrestling and some power behind her. If it stays standing look for Cooper to taker the edge. On the ground, Ladd.

jj rosaJ.J. Aldrich (115.7) vs. Rosa Acevedo (118.2)*

The Fighters:

J.J. Aldrich (1-1): Coming off her first pro loss, Aldrich looks to rebound.

Rosa Acevedo (3-1): Coming in as a late replacement, Acevedo looks to extend her win streak to three.

The Storyline:

Aldrich faced rising star Jamie Moyle in her last outing, and was submitted. Aldrich has had seven months to refocus and train. RFA vet Acevedo has won back to back fights including a decision win over Kyra Batara.

What to Expect:

This looks to be a fight that could go the distance. Aldrich showed great control in her fight with Delaney Owen and could take the win of it goes the full 15. Acevedo has the ability to finish and will be interesting if she gets top control. Acevedo needs to end it early as Aldrich will get stronger as the rounds progress.

frey mccarty 2Jinh Yu Frey (105.8) vs. Liz McCarthy (105.4)

The Fighters:

Jinh Yu Frey (3-1): The KO specialist looks to put her name in title contention.

Liz McCarthy (2-2): The atomweight looks to jump start her career and get the upset.

The Storyline:

Frey’s only pro loss was a razor thing split decision to Jodie Esquibel. A win over McCarthy would make it two straight and a title eliminator away from a title shot. McCarthy has found mixed results as a pro, having never been finished. She will be the first of 3 Syndicate MMA reps on the card.

What to Expect:

The heavily favored Frey could see her open up her striking and get a highlight reel win. The big question is McCarthy, who has had a year at Syndicate to polish her game and quite possibly follow the footsteps of her teammates in finding success.

moyle jacobsonJamie Moyle (115.6) vs. Sharon Jacobson (116.0) 

The Fighters:

Jamie Moyle (3-0): The InvictaFC star has proven to be a strong contender for the strawweight title.

Sharon Jacobson (3-1): The solid wrestler looks to continue to impress.

The Storyline:

Since debuting at Invicta, Moyle has continue to progress and impress. With several bonuses under her belt, a win her could see her in title contention. In her way is accomplished wrestler in Jacobson, who won her Invicta debut over Delaney Owens.

What to Expect:

Moyle has seen little weakness in her overall game, with striking more than likely being her edge over Jacosbson. If Jacobson can get the takedowns and maintain top control, she could get the upset.

lee ostivichRachael Ostovich (125.8) vs Andrea Lee (125.0)

The Fighters:

Rachael Ostovich (2-0): The Hawaiian has gained fans after her Invicta debut.

Andrea Lee (2-1): After a split decision loss to Roxanne Modafferi, Lee looks to regain momentum.

The Storyline:

The two fighters seem to gain a cult following and have brought a show in each of their fights. Lee stepped up to take on Modafferi on short notice in her last outing, losing a split decision. On the same card, Ostivich gained a split decision win over Evva Johnson.

What to Expect:

Lee had trouble with Modafferi when Modafferi was on top controlling her. This is a specialty of the wrestler Ostivich. If Lee can keep is standing and stuff takedowns, she could see a win. Otherwise it will be Ostivich’s game. This is our prediction for “Fight of the Night”.

dandois andersonCindy Dandois (145.6) vs. Megan Anderson (145.1)

The Fighters:

Cindy Dandois (5-2): The Belgian judoka looks to get her first win at Invicta.

Megan Anderson (2-1): The Aussie is the latest countrywoman to sign to Invicta.

The Storyline:

Dandois comeback fight didn’t turn out as planned as she lost to current InvictaFC champ Tonya Evinger. She has since spent her time between her native Belgium and training at Xtreme Couture with Miesha Tate. Anderson is making her US debut coming off of back to back submission wins.

What to Expect:

Both are ground specialists, so we may look to see how their stand-up works. Dandois has had 9 months to improve her game, so the big question is if she has absorbed enough knowledge to take the win?

modaffero moraisRoxanne Modafferi (124.9) vs. Mariana Morais (125.9) 

The Fighters:

Roxanne Modafferi (17-11): After coming up short in her title eliminator, Modafferi looks to get back in the hunt.

Mariana Morais (5-2): The Brazilian seeks her 5th straight win.

The Storyline:

Modafferi’s loss to Vanessa Porto set back her amazing comeback run. She is still one of the top contenders for the flyweight title. Morias is making her US debut having won by submission in all but one of her wins. Between the both, the two fighters has more pro fights than the rest of the card combined.

What to Expect:

Modafferi’s improved striking could see trouble for Morais, who is a submission specialist. It will be an uphill battle for the Brazilian.

katja deannaDeAnna Bennett (117.4) * vs Katja Kankaanpää (115.6)

The Fighters:

DeAnna Bennett (7-0): The undefeated fighter is looking for her first world title shot.

Katja Kankaanpää (10-2-1): The former champ looks to regain her title.

The Storyline:

Kankaanpää lost the title in April in her first title defense. It was the first time she was ever finished in her pro career. She looks for avenge the loss and regain the title. Bennett was on the verge of a flyweight title match before deciding to drop to 115. She won her debut at strawweight with a decision win.

What to Expect:

Kankaanpää’s unorthodox wrestling style has proven to be successful along her run in the pros. She will have her hands full in Bennett, who’s striking keeps improving match after match.

evinger kianzad 2Tonya Evinger (c) (135) ** vs. Pannie Kianzad (136.7)*

The Fighters:

Tonya Evinger (13-5): The champ looks to continue her dominate run.

Pannie Kianzad (8-0): The former Cage Warriors champ looks to upset the InvictaFc champ.

The Storyline:

Evinger is on a seven fight win streak and hasn’t lost since 2011. The toughest 135er outside the UFC has made a home at Invicta. Kianzad made a spectacular debut at InvictaFC 13, getting a unanimous decision over Jessy Rose Clark. With Kianzad never losing her Cage Warriors title, a loss would make Evinger unofficially the linear Cage Warriors champ.

Kianzad missed weight, so the match is deemed a five round non-title affair. Evinger will retain her belt win or lose.

What to Expect:

Kianzad has proven to be formidable on the ground and so has Evinger. Both are tough competitors and have well rounded games overall. It is the proverbial “irresistible force versus the immovable object.” Should cap off what will be an exciting night of fights.


One thought on “InvictaFC 14 Primer”

  1. Kudos to Rob mmarising ur fb updates n invicta fc fb pages for progress and early post match updates.
    Ball 2.0 needs update yet if neg press feeds envinger maybe she is one ready for cyborg at 140. Pannie shouldnt hurt ufc chances though showed difference in usa game vs eu scene. DeAnna surprising as blogs showed one round yet scoring sumiliar to McMann fight vs former ifc fighter in her loss. speaking on such notice how Dana n Sean helped w their Refs😉 Katja best wishes in retirememt.
    Night can be summarized by rise of the above norms of fighhter cut throat w wins that included knee to face ko, busted up noses adding color (blood) to the scene, elbows above the neck leading to puffed faces and netflamed forehead post pic. Kudos to Shannon n Kendzie great card under unique circumstances as Bamma reporter showen in her posts they go way beyond to help the women reach weight standards. Great matches some net hyped egos bruised though passionate outside the cage people due while others enjoy n live dream inside or dream coming in the “arena” as told by teddy roosevelt.

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