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Wombat Watercooler February 28

Grass vs. Inoue Courtesy Esther Lynn/InvictaFC
Grass vs. Inoue Courtesy Esther Lynn/InvictaFC

News

If you missed InvictaFC 11 Friday night here are the quick results:

  • Cris Cyborg defeats Charmaine Tweet via TKO at :46 of round 1 to retain the featherweight title
  • Alexa Grasso defeats Mizuki Inoue via Unanimous Decision
  • DeAnna Bennett defeats Norma Rueda Center via Unanimous Decision
  • Irene Aldana defeats Colleen Schneider via rear naked choke at 1:05 of round 1
  • Jamie Moyle defeats J.J. Aldrich via rear naked choke at 2:20 of round 1
  • Amy Montenegro defeats Brianna Van Buren via Unanimous Decision
  • Christine Stanley defeats Laura Salazar via TKO at 2:59 of round 1
  • Aspen Ladd defeats Ana Carolina Vidal via TKO at 4:21 of round 1

Grasso and Inoue got “Fight of the Night”, with Aldana and Justino taking home “Performance of the Night” honors.

MMA Rising has a full recap here.

The gals at WMMA Round-up have interviews with Grasso (video here) and Aldana (video here).


Justino Courtesy Esther Lynn/InvictaFC
Justino Courtesy Esther Lynn/InvictaFC

At the Invicta 11 post fight press conference, president Shannon Knapp announced the dates and the main events for the next two Invicta cards.

InvictaFC 12 will take place April 10 and will be headlined by Katja Kankaanpää defending her strawweight title against Livia Renata Souza. No word on location as of yet.

InvictaFC 13 will be headlined by Cyborg Justino defending her featherweight title against an opponent to be named later. Also, Herica Tiburcio will defend her atomweight title against Ayaka Hamasaki. The card will be a part of “International Fight Week” in Vegas and will stream on UFC Fight Pass July 10.


The UFC held its “Welcome to the Show” presser Saturday morning which featured all the champions defending their title on the next few cards, as well as main event fighters. UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza and Joanna Jedrzejczyk were on the dais.

Karyn Bryant reported to the fans that Lorenzo Fertitta would only sign Cyborg Justino if she fought a bantamweight fight outside the UFC. White was skeptical this would happen, but was very impressed by Justino’s performance Friday night.

White was also impressed with Alexa Grasso and Mizuki Inoue, stating “This fight should have been in the UFC”. The crowd popped when the fight was mentioned, and White plugged it again later on in the press conference.

When asked about Grasso, Esparza complimented the performance and thought Grasso “should be in the top 10” and wouldn’t be surprised if she was her in the UFC soon.

Esparza also stated she would like to fight on a card in Mexico City.

Finally, White stated the flyweight division was still “a ways away” from being in the UFC.


White stated on the InvictaFC stream that the gate for Saturday night’s UFC 184 ppv was 2.4 million. Champion Ronda Rousey took a lower guarantee in return for part of it, which will bank her around a million for the fight, This will be one of the highest salaries for a female fighter in MMA history.


XFC has announced some signings this week.

World Series of Fighting vet Katlyn Chookagian will make the trip to Brazil soon, as well Dutch fighter Mellony Geugjes. Geugjes is supposedly still under Invicta contract. We will have more info in the coming week.


In another pro fight on Friday, Valentina Shevchenko defeated Jan Finney by unanimous decision at Legacy and improved her record to 10-1.

InvictaFC Releases Full Fight Card for Los Angeles Debut

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The strawweights will be prominently featured in InvictaFC’s 11th card at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles February 27.

After news broke Monday night of the main event featherweight title match between Cyborg Justino and Charmaine Tweet, Invicta released the complete eight fight card.

The co-main event will feature a battle of InvictaFC 115 title contenders in DEEP-JEWELS champion Mizuki Inoue and undefeated Alexa Grasso.

Inoue (8-3) won the D-J title by defeating Emi Tomimatsu by armbar this past August. Inoue lost in her last InvictaFC match to Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

Grasso (6-0) won both of her InvictaFC fights, TKOing Alida Gray in her last outing.

In an interesting turn of events, flyweight title contender DeAnna Bennett has decided to drop to 115 and will take on veteran fighter Lynn Alvarez.

Bennett (6-0) has a win over TUF 18 winner Juliana Pena and has finished in four of her fights. She defeated Jennifer Maia at the last Invicta card.

Alvarez (6-3) has finished in all of her wins, and choked out Amber Stautzenberger in 45 seconds in her last win.

Rounding out the strawweight matches, XFC vet Brianna Van Buren (3-1) battles Amy Caldwell-Montenegro (5-1) and rising stars Jamie Moyle takes on J.J. Aldrich.

Two flyweight fights were also announced.

Undefeated submission specialist Emily Corso (5-0) takes on “Knockout of the Year” winner Christine Stanley (3-1) and undefeated striker Kristi Lopez battles amateur standout Aspen Ladd.

The lone bantamweight fight sees Mexico’s  Irene Aldana (4-1) take on 7 year vet Melanie LaCroix (3-2).

The fights will stream on UFC Fight Pass.


 Complete InvictaFC 11 card

Main Event

  • Cris “Cyborg” Justino (c) vs. Charmanine Tweet – Featherweight title

Co-Main Event

  • Alexa Grasso vs. Mizuki Inoue (115)

Main Card

  • DeAnna Bennett vs. Lynn Alvarez (115)
  • Irene Aldana vs. Melanie LaCroix (135)

Preliminary Card

  • Jamie Moyle vs. J.J. Aldrich (115)
  • Brianna Van Buren vs. Amy Montenegro (115)
  • Christine Stanley vs. Emily Corso (125)
  • Kristi Lopez vs. Aspen Ladd (125)

Invicta Announces Year End Award Winners

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InvictaFC may have had only three events in 2014, but they were exciting ones.

The promotion let the fans vote for their year end awards and with a lot of great moments and fighters, it wasn’t an easy task.

Upset of the Year went to Brazil’s Herica Tiburcio with her win over champion Michelle Waterson. The match was the last of the year for the promotion and ended with a guillotine in round 3. This was her debut at atomweight after fighting most of her career at 115.

Submission of the Year saw Mexico’s Irene Aldana sink in the rear naked choke over Peggy Morgan. Aldana’s crisp striking set up the choke in the first round.

Alexa Grasso took home Knockout of the Year with her finish over Alida Gray.It took 1:47 for Grasso to finish the fight with a fury of punches.

Grasso took home a second award with Fight of the Year, sharing that honor with Ashley Cummins. The back and forth striking battle saw Cummins take some huge hits but she just wouldn’t quit. Grasso would take the decision win.

With those two awards, Grasso was the fan’s choice for Fighter of the Year.  With fighters such as Tonya Evinger and Roxanne Modafferi both getting exciting wins this year, there were some great choices. Grasso’s US debut has seemed to make an impression and is a strawweight to look out for in 2015.

 

 

 

InvictaFC 8 Preview – Alexa Grasso vs. Ashley Cummins

For the 3 days we will previewing InvictaFC 8 which will emanate from Kansas City Municipal Auditorium September 6, and will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Check out Wombat Sports as we will give you continuing coverage live on location.


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Fourth fight sees two rising stars in the strawweight division as Mexico’s Alexa Grasso takes on Ashley Cummins.


The Fighters:

Alexa Grasso (4-0) – The first Mexican national to enter the InvictaFC cage, Grasso had gotten three knockouts in under a minute. She won a one night tournament last August. In a country that lives and breaths boxing, Grasso has trained MMA most of her life.

Ashley Cummins (3-2) – Undefeated as an amateur, Cummins has had a bumpy road her last two fights at Invicta. After a devastating loss to TUF 20 fighter Joanne Calderwood, she lost a close split decision to Emily Peters-Kagan.


The Storyline:

Alexa Grasso is looking to make a major impact in the MMA scene in Mexico with a win. She is taking a step up in competition, which will be the ultimate test for her to see if she can hang in the division.

Ashley Cummins has a lot of mental hurdles coming into the fight. Besides being on a two fight skid, she is a police officer in St. Louis and has had to go on social media blackout due to threats. She recently did an interview for Cage Submission radio and since the civil unrest has calmed down, she is back to full time training.


What to expect:

If Cummins can make it past the third round and take it to the ground, she could win a decision if not a submission. Grasso wants a fire fight on the feet. Odds will probably have Grasso favored, but experience could see Cummins with the upset.