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.
Ashley Cummins had a lot on her plate mentally before making it to Kansas City in her InvictaFC return.
As a police officer in St. Louis, she was on the front lines at Ferguson where her duties kept her from full time training; not to mention enduring insults and death threats. This did not detour her from still taking on her fight with Alexa Grasso.
We talked to Cummins about balancing work and training and her decision to fight on InvictaFC 8.
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Fourth fight sees two rising stars in the strawweight division as Mexico’s Alexa Grasso takes on Ashley Cummins.
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.
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.
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.