InvictaFC 31 Primer

Photos courtesy: Dave Mandel, Invicta FC

Invicta has been busy in 2018, and six weeks after their last card, they are ready to once again bring the action to Kansas City.

The 31st event will feature Virna Jandiroba’s first defense of her strawweight title as she takes on the 10-1  Janaisa Morandin.

The co-main event sees Pearl Gonzalez wanting to make her argument for a flyweight title shot against Daiane Firmino.

For the first time in the promotion’s history, there will be one fight that will be streamed on facebook as Helen Peralta and Kay Hansen will kick ff the card. The fight will also stream on Fight Pass.

Only one person missed weight. Mallory Martin tipped the scales at 117 pounds, which is 2 pounds over the strawweight limit. She will be fined 25% of her purse.

The strawweight title match is official with both Jandiroba and Morandin coming in under 115 pounds.

The rest of the card will stream on UFC Fight Pass Saturday night starting at 7 p.m. central time.

Here is the breakdown of the fights and the weigh-ins results.


Virna Jandiroba (114.6) vs.  Janaisa Morandin (114.5) – 115 title

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The Fighters:

Virna Jandiroba (13-0): The undefeated champion looks defend her belt

Janaisa Morandin (10-1): The surging strawweight looks for her first world title

The Storyline:

This is the first time in the promotion’s history two Brazilians will main event, and the second time two Brazilians will fight for a title. The two were set to fight in March, but Morandin had to bow out due to injury.

It has been a meteoric rise for the champion Jandiroba, who had wins over Lisa Ellis, Ericka Almeida, and Amy Montenegro before defeating Mizuki Inoue to win the title. She is the second person to hold the belt as an undefeated fighter.

Morandin  was undefeated until her InvictaFC debut, a loss against former champion Livia Renata Souza by decision. She had since rebounded with win over Kinberly Novaes.

What to expect:

This will be the first time Morandin will be in a five round title fight and it may take getting used to. She relies on her striking, and pacing will be key. Jandiroba is a submission specialist and will look to take the fight to the ground. Her title fight last time went the distance, proving she has the stamina to last 25 minutes.

Pearl Gonzalez  (124.5) vs.  Daiane Firmino (125.4)

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The Fighters:

Pearl Gonzalez  (8-3): The new star of Invicta looks to get in position of a title shot

Daiane Firmino (9-2): The Brazilian looks for her 4th straight win

The Storyline:

With the flyweight title currently vacant, the look for title contenders is on. With many people speculating Vanessa Porto being one side to fill the title match, the winner of this is most likely to fill the other spot.

Gonzales has back to back wins in two different weight classes, and looks to be a flyweight world champion like friend and training partner Ilima-Lei Macfarlane.

Gonzalez will have her toughest match to date in Firmino, who was won four straight; her latest against InvictaFc vet Mariana Morais. Firmino’s only losses were by decision.

What to expect:

Both well rounded, it should be an exciting co-main event. It will be an interesting battle if it does hit the ground, with traditional BJJ facing 10th Planet style.

Shanna Young (134.5) vs.  Lisa Spangler (135)

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The Fighters:

Shanna Young (4-0): The bantamweight prospect is looking to some wins to get to a title

Lisa Spangler (2-0): The rising talent looks to stay perfect

The Storyline:

The bantamweight picture is not so clear with Sarah Kaufman looking fort a challenger.

Young was supposed to face Raquel Pa’aluhi on the card, but Pa’aluhi got injured and had to pull out. This will be Young’s promotional debut with Invicta, and has a notable win over featherweight contender Pam Sorenson. Another win or two will propel her to a possible title shot.

The amateur champion Spangler was impressive in her pro debut with a decision win over Sarah Kleczka.  She is now 2-0 with another decision win over Kelly Clayton.

What to expect:

Spangler used her striking in her Invicta debut to get the win. Look for Young to be the aggressor and use her wrestling.

Mallory Martin (117)* vs.  Ashley Nichols (115.7)

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The Fighters:

Mallory Martin (3-2): The Muay Thai star looks for her third straight win

Ashley Nichols (3-2): The Canadian striker looks to get back on the winning track

The Storyline:

Since her loss to Maycee Barber, Martin has been on a tear. Her win over Tiffany Masters went viral, and she would follow up with a win over Linsey Williams.

Nichols had won a one night tournament last year and was signed with Invicta. She lost to decision against Sharon Jacobson in Nichols’s promotional debut.

What to expect:

Both great strikers, Martin’s wrestling will be the key in this fight. This has early odds to be “Fight of the Night”.

Miranda Maverick (125.1) vs.  Victoria Leonardo (125.7)

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The Fighters:

Miranda Maverick (3-1): The young star looks to rebound after her first loss

Victoria Leonardo (2-0): The promotional debuter looks to stay perfect

The Storyline:

It hasn’t taken long for Invicta to rebound as many of its flyweights headed to the UFC. A lot of new talent is coming in to gain much needed experience and possibly gain their first world title.

Maverick first pro loss was a heartbreaking split decision on the last Invicta, and is making a quick turnaround to rebound.

Leonardo is making her promotional debut after back to back wins in the pros.

What to expect:

Maverick will come in with a strength advantage, but expect Leonardo to push the pace and draw it to the later rounds.

Kelly D’Angelo (106) vs.  Lindsey VanZandt (105.5)

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The Fighters:

Kelly D’Angelo (2-2): The new atomweight looks to take it out of the hand of the judges

Lindsey VanZandt (3-0): The undefeated prospect looks for her fourth win

The Storyline:

The atomweight division is heating up as we have a champion looking for contenders.

Among the short list (no pun intended) is VanZandt, who is currently on a three fight win streak and making her promotional debut.

After back to back losses at strawweight, D’Angelo is looking to see if she will find success at atomweight.

What to expect:

Big question will lie in how D’Angelo’s weight cut goes and if she will be stronger in the division. VanZandt is coming off having not being able to fight due to opponents dropping out. Will there be any cage rust?

Helen Peralta (115.7) vs.  Kay Hansen (115.3)

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The Fighters:

Helen Peralta (2-0): The undefeated strawweight looks for another win

Kay Hansen (2-1): The InvictaFC vet looks to make it two in a row

The Storyline:

The up and comers know every wins counts in the most competitive division in Invicta.

Peralta has won both of her Invicta fights, and is looking to continue her climb up the ladder. The third wins always seen to be the toughest. Not having a one solid gym throughout training camp, it will be interesting to see what style she will bring.

Hansen is looking for her third win as well, and is known to bring the fight with two of her wins by finish. She had started a boxing career along with her MMA and kickboxing, and is looking to use her hands more this time around.

What to expect:

Hansen is one to not let it go to the judges, so expect a pressure fight from her. Peralta needs to make it her pace and look for opportunities.

Audrey Wolfe (145.5) vs.  Holli Salazar (145.7)

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The Fighters:

Audrey Wolfe (1-0): The amateur prospect looks to make it two in a row in the pros

Holli Salazar (1-0): The amateur lightweight looks for a successful drop to featherweight

The Storyline:

With no champion at the moment, featherweight is in the middle of figuring out who will be the ones to fill the vacant spot.

Wolfe was undefeated as an amateur and made her pro debut at bantamweight, which she won. She is a long time prestige of UFC legend Guy Metzger, who will be in her corner.

Salazar has fought as high as 170 pounds, and will be making her debut at featherweight.

 What to expect:

Size will be on Salazar’s side, and should see some heavy striking. Wolfe must try to control the pass and take it to the later rounds.

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