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RecapRadio: Morning Commute 11-07-2012

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Morning Commute is back and today’s edition features UFC on Fox coming back to Chicago, Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp goes to town on managers, Stephan Bonnar has been suspended for a year, Dan Henderson still talking about Sonnen getting the title shot, and Anderson Silva’s potential superfight with Georges St-Pierre.  All that and a double dose of this day in history, makes for a fantastic episode.  Download it for later use, or use the player below to stream it live.

Shannon Knapp – This Is Where We Make A Statement That We Are Legit

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Invicta FC will be putting on their third show this weekend and it will be headlined by Jessica Pene taking on Naho Sugiyama for the first Invicta FC World Title. Shannon Knapp, CEO of Invicta, took time out of her busy day to talk to us about the upcoming show and how the issues that Invicta is running into aren’t that different than other organizations.

This is the dreaded third event. What’s your thoughts on that?
Everyone says its dreaded, I say its awesome. I say yay. Do you know how many promotions have not even made it to the third event. Look at Affliction, Pro Elite came back and did two more. There’s a lot of promotions that don’t make it to that third show. This is where we make a statement that we are legit and that we are here to stay.

Third event, we are crowning the first title.
Yeah this is history in the making for us. We are excited.

There’s been a few injuries that have happened to this card. How difficult has it been to fill the spots? Sometimes it seems easy and sometimes hard. Being that you are the largest women’s mma promotion, you must have women saying they want to fight for you all the time.
I think it is equally hard and easy as it is for anyone. Especially when someone like Elaina Maxwell got injured. Yeah there are 145lb athletes out there but are they close enough to make weight, are they training, there’s all these other things that people tend to forget. So sometimes it is a real struggle and sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes to get that same quality replacement it isn’t that easy.

That’s a fair statement. I look at the card with the changes and it still is a great card. It didn’t downgrade at all.
We are just blessed. There’s still a lot less female athletes than men. We struggled a bit to find a replacement to fight Julia Budd. If someone would have gotten injured between other fights we don’t know what would have happened. It is different if it is a girl who is making a pro debut or only has a couple of fights.

One of the other big things is that you have had fighters who fought for Strikeforce and Bellator before fighting for you. What’s the motivation for sharing instead of just saying these are mine?
The reason we came into this space is to provide opportunities and build a platform that creates and build depth in each weight division. The only way to do that is to cooperate with everyone who has female athletes and is a reputable organization. Depth by definition, there are a ton of female athletes until you get into that upper echelon. Unless we open up and be willing to share and break down the barriers we won’t be able to help make it grow.

Do you think it is a fair statement to say that Invicta could have the best female athletes for some divisions, but in others the UFC or Strikeforce would have the best?
It could be. I think it all comes down to what the athlete aspires to as well. It always sounds like rainbows, butterflies, and world peace. But you really want an organization where they want to fight for you. If you are in the business to build dreams, you cannot be in the business to smash them. Rhonda is sitting at the top of the hill and there are a lot of female athletes who want a shot at her. I am not going to stop them if that’s what they want. So sharing talent and being open for them to move over. To me it isn’t a statement that they are better than we are, or that they offer more. It’s just a personal choice.

There was a lot of talk about the streaming issues from the last show. I don’t know what it was because I was there live. I don’t need to know the numbers, but they have been big enough to cause problems. Have things been upgraded for this event?
They better be. We have upgraded and put some things in place. Example was last time it crashed because we had so many concurrent connections at once. So this time we also have a pre-show to make a smoother transition. Stuff like that. My streaming guy assures me that we won’t have that problem. I am only as good as my streaming guy.

Looking ahead, when can we expect more titles to be fought for?
I am going to go out on a limb and say this. I’m going to say that we are going to crown at least two champions on our next show. By the end of 2013 we will have a champion in every weight class.

Make sure you check out Invicta FC on Saturday, October 6 streaming live at www.invictafc.com

RecapRadio – July 31 – Invicta FC 2, UFC on Fox 4 Predictions, and Chatri Sityodtong

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The July 31, 2012 edition of RecapRadio is in the archives. Hosted by Brent Todd and John Petit, the show started off with discussion on Invicta FC 2 and the number of viewers on the live stream. Invicta hasn’t released the official numbers yet, only stating over 300,000 and Todd and Petit discussed the merits of such tactics. They moved on and discussed the main event and other highlights of the second show from Invicta.

They moved onto the topic of UFC on Fox 4 and if it was the right thing to promote that the winner of Shogun vs Vera or Bader vs Machida would be getting the next title shot. Then predictions on those two fights as well as the two other main card fights were given out.

Then a pre-recorded from earlier in the day interview between Petit and Chatri Sityodtong of Evolve MMA was up next where they discussed a variety of topics including the start of Evolve MMA, comparing and contrasting US and Asian MMA and more.

The full podcast can be listened to using the player below.

Invicta FC Shows World There’s Talent To Be Found In Women’s MMA

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Shayna Baszler vs Sara McMann Weigh In - via Invicta FC Facebook

Shayna Baszler vs Sara McMann Weigh In – via Invicta FC Facebook

Dana White was once asked about a women’s division in the UFC and his reply was that there wasn’t the depth of talent to be found. And while many were quick to point out that there were several amazing female fighters, few were trying to prove him wrong.

Invicta FC might not have set out doing an all women’s mma card just to prove good old Dana wrong, but after only two shows, it seems like they just might.

The night was headlined by three women’s bouts, all in the 135lb division. When the main event featuring Sara McMann and Shayna Baszler was announced, several thought it was going to be a boring fight. The three-round fight was anything but boring as it was the best fight of the night. Much like a fourth of July fireworks show, these two women wanted to end the night with an amazing display and did just that.

Prior to the main event, Liz Carmouche was able to secure a rear naked choke over Kaitlin Young and Alexis Davis put on a fantastic show of skill against Hitomi Akano. All three women were asked about an Invicta title shot, and all three agreed that they would like to fight for gold.

Even the other 135lb battles showed the talent of the ladies as Amanda Nunes choked Raquel Pa’aluhi out cold with a rear naked choke and Sarah D’Alelio secured her second Invicta FC victory over Vanessa Porto by armbar.

Outside of the bantamweight division, other fighters were making a case for women’s mma. The opening bout between Liz McCarthy and Jessica Philippus was a fantastic five minute battle. Philippus’s eye was so swollen from McCarthy’s jabs that the doctor ruled her unable to continue. Julia Budd put on a dominant performance over Elina Nilsson with a technical knockout just under the four minute mark of the first round.

And while there were four other fights that went to the judges’s scorecards, all were exciting.

While the depth of talent may not be there in Dana White’s eyes, one can’t help but remember the famous quote from Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come.” It seems in this case, that Invicta FC has built a place for women to showcase their skills as mixed martial artists, and indeed they are coming to do just that.

Invicta Fighting Championships Delivers On First Show

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There’s something to be said for a new promotion and their first show. Most times it seems like the people behind the show hit it out of the park, but then upon closer inspection lots of issues pop up. That wasn’t the case at all with Invicta Fighting Championships.

Maybe it was because the President Shannon Knapp and head of PR Mike Afromowitz used to work for Strikeforce before the merger, maybe it was because the fighters put it all on the line, or maybe it was because the concept to set themselves apart by having an all women’s card was the reasoning. No matter what ingredient one puts into the mix, it all worked and Invicta Fighting Championships delivered on Saturday, April 28th.

Hailing from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS, the show had the look and feel of a big time show, just in a smaller venue. While Memorial Hall has been featured on HDNet for Titan Fighting Championship and M-1 Fights, the size was considerably smaller than what appears on tv. The auditorium can play home to 3,500 fans, but that number wasn’t reached; a sad statement for what was quality mma that night.

However the fans that were in attendance, they knew what was going on. Surprisingly fight after fight, the fans had their favorites to root and cheer for. When Randi Miller came back from the beating she was receiving from Mollie Ashlers-Estes to win in the third round, the crowd went crazy. The audience continued to cheer when fighters like Amy Davis and Sarah Schneider locked on submissions and forced their opponents to tap. Even when Leslie Smith and Kaitlin Young finished a hard fought fifteen minutes in one of the most exciting fights of the night the crowd was not unhappy with the judges’s scorecards reading a draw.

Surprising even Marloes Coenen, the crowd erupted when she made her way to the cage. Even when asked directly about the fans support, she acknowledged that it was better in Kansas City than it was when she fought in Chicago.

The night couldn’t seem to go any better for everyone involved at Invicta, when the preliminary numbers came in for the live stream. Over 100,000 fans tuned in to the live stream to watch the inaugural event which likely far exceeded any goals Invicta had.

While the show had a big show feel to it, there were several things that did remind one that it was an upstart show. The number of media outlets in attendance at what was a special night was rather lackluster. Even with Afromowitz as head of the public relations, someone many members of the media built a relationship with while he was at Strikeforce, the number of media was not what I had expected.

Overall Invicta set the bar pretty high for themselves for their next show. During the broadcast they announced it would be taking place at the end of July, and several of the fighters who competed on Saturday night have already expressed their wishes to fight for the organization again.

Invicta FC 1: Results & Play-by-Play

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Invicta Fighting Championship

Kansas City, Kansas – April 28, 2012

145 lbs. Marloes Coenen vs. Romy Ruyssen – Main Event

Ref: Chuck Wolf

Round One: Coenen took the center while Ruyssen moved around her. Coenen threw hand faints and Ruyssen responded in kind. Hard outside leg kick landed by Coenen. Ruyssen attempted a spinning back fist, but Coenen delivered another hard kick first. Ruyssen powered forward for a clinch against the cage. Dirty boxing and knees exchanged by both. Ruyssen leaned heavily on Coenen while against the cage. Ref called for time and removed a point away from Ruyssen for grabbing the cage. They restarted in the center. Coenen caught a kick from Ruyssen then Ruyssen pulled guard while her back was against the cage. Ruyssen started to slowly slip down the cage while Coenen punched her in the head on the way down. Coenen was now in open guard landing more punches and kept control of her dominant position witch had Ruyssen’s right leg pinned to the side of her body. Ruyssen attempted to attack with left knees to the shoulder blade of Coenen. Ref called for a stand up due to lack of action. They restart in the center and Coenen delivered another outside leg kick. A straight left from Coenen that landed on the chin. Coenen moved the action to the cage again with Ruyssen’s back to the wall as the round ended.

Round Two: Ruyssen started the round more aggressive, but Coenen caught another kick and delivered punches from there. They both started to respect each other faints. Coenen pushed forward again against the cage with double under hooks. Ruyssen deafened with a knee across the hips. More knee strikes landed from Coenen to Ruyssen’s thighs. Ruyssen pulled guard again against the cage and slowly slid to the ground. Coenen backed away to let Ruyssen back to her feet and restart. A super woman punch from Ruyssen that left an opening for Coenen to charge forward and move the fight into clinch position against the cage. Ruyssen started to target the left ribs of Coenen against the cage. More knee strikes from Coenen to the legs of Ruyssen. The round ended with red attempting a single leg takedown.

Round Three: Coenen again took the center and opened up with outside leg kicks. Ruyssen kicked to the head, but it was blocked. A spinning back fist and body kick combo pushed Coenen back against the cage. The crowd was impressed. Coenen quickly turned the positions around on Ruyssen and worked more strikes to the body against the fence. High knees from Coenen, but Ruyssen pushed forward. Ruyssen able to wrap her arm around Coenen‘s head and then pulled guard for a modified guillotine choke. Ruyssen let it go after a few seconds and Coenen not falling for the trap. When Ruyssen’s feet hit the floor Coenen created space for a hard and clean elbow to Ruyssen’s face, then the action lulled. Ref restarts them in the center. Coenen delivered a solid push kick and the crowd responded by calling out the time left. Coenen leaned heavy on her opponent, then grabbed a leg of Ruyssen behind the knee and dropped her hard on the mat when the horn sounded.

Marloes Coenen defeated Romy Russen via Unanimous Decision (30.26 x3)

105 lbs. Jessica Penne vs. Lisa Ellis-Ward – Co-Main Event

Ref: Chuck Wolf

Round One: Ellis took the center as they measured each other up at first. Ellis landed first with an outside leg kick. Penne fired back with a punch combo, but Ellis avoids and lands punches of her own to Penne’s face. Penne took the center with punches, but Ellis clinched and secured the takedown via body lock and outside leg trip. Ellis reversed the position and ended in side control for an instant then Penne regained half guard. Penne landing punches to the right side of the rib cage. Penne moved to full guard and attempted to control the head of her opponent. Another armbar attempt from the bottom from Penne, but Ellis backed away. They restarted on their feet. Another transition into clinch from Penne that results in another takedown. The two scramble and end in an unusual position with Ellis’s arms trapped behind Penne‘s legs and her head and spine in front of Ellis’s knees.

Round Two: Ellis took the center but she reacted to Penne‘s faints. Penne rushed in for a tie up and takedown via body lock the landed in half guard. Penne threw punches to soften her opponent up, but Ellis moved to full guard. Ellis threw punches from the bottom to score points. As Penne postured up, Ellis used the space to place her feet on her hips and push off for the stand up. Penne pushed forward again, but Ellis bounced off the cage wall and charged forward for a takedown of her own. Now in Penne’s guard, she fell back for a leg lock that didn’t stick. Two up kicks landed to the face from Ellis. Ellis still on the bottom moved her guard up to attempt an armbar, but Penne used it as a slam opportunity. The crowd held their collective breath as it landed.

Round Three: Ellis opened with a body kick that was partially blocked. Ellis’ corner called for a six strike, but Penne not giving her the space. They clinch up and both throw knees that didn’t land hard. Ellis with a body lock and secured the takedown. The crowd reacted to Ellis’s face, which is now bloody, but she’s in guard non-the-less. Penne reverses the position and end in side control. With a few punches she moved to mount. Ellis turns over for protection, but more punches from Penne followed. Ref stepped in to save Ellis from more punishment.

Jessica Penne defeated Lisa Ellis-Ward via TKO at 2.48 in round three

 

135 lbs. Liz Carmouche vs. Ashleigh Curry

Ref: Greg Franklin

Round One: Carmouche took the center and delivered a solid spinning back fist that stuns Curry and sent her backwards. Carmouche moved in for an easy takedown and delivered several punches from postured guard against the cage. Carmouche moved to side control for more punches, then to full mount. Curry covered and reached up to control Carmouche for all she could. Carmouche locked down Curry’s fight arm with her left knee then unloaded the hammer fists to the side of the head. Ref stepped in to call the fight and rescue Curry.

Liz Carmuche defeated Ashleigh Curry via TKO at 1.58 in round one

 

135 lbs. Leslie Smith vs. Kaitlin Young

Ref: Greg Franklin

Round One: Smith took the center and threw first. She delivered a sneaky upper cut and body shots. Young pushed forward and pulled guard. Young worked from the bottom from high guard and landed punches. Smith held her opponent down to gain control of the fight. Young with several submission attempts from the bottom as Smith fought her way back the feet. Both fighters stood in front of each other and delivered several strikes. Knees, elbows, body punches and punches to the head all thrown and landed. Young able to land more outside leg kicks than Smith at this point. Smith caught looking at the clock and Young moved in to land more strikes. Both still seem fresh and pushed forward towards each other with flurries. Young landed a strong body kick that ignited Smith to push forward with several punches as the round ended. Crowd is defiantly in this fight.

Round Two: Smith took the center again, but Young landed stronger shots. Smith stalked Young down, but Young happy to pick her shots with conviction. Smith threw faints to try and confuse her opponent, but Young stayed focused. Young able to avoid strikes with good head movement and timing with counter strikes. Young caught Smith with fast hand combos in the middle frame. Both fighters turned it on as the round ended.

Round Three: Smith ran across the cage to meet her opponent to open the round. Young still seems calm and in control of the fight with counter strikes that consists of punches and knees. Smith with an over hand right that made Young dive in for a takedown. Young worked against the cage with a high crotch grab. Smith was able to reverse the attempt for a takedown of her own and end in Young’s guard. Young able to secure an armbar attempt, but Smith fought out of that the moved to side control then an armbar attempt of her own. Young fought of that attempt and stood back up. Young on her feet, but had blood flowing from the left side of her head. She pushed forward all the same. Smith landed an over hand right then another punch to the body. Young answered with a body kick. Both fighters’ hands are still as high as the productivity. Crowd was behind this fight and completely engaged. Young delivered one last hard leg kick and Smith countered with a one-two combo to end a great fight.

Draw 29.28 for Smith; 29.28 for Young; 29.29

135 lbs. Sarah D’Alelio vs. Vanessa Mariscal

Ref: Chuck Wolf

Round One: D’Alelio took the center as both look for their range. D’Alelio moved in for the quick tie up and trip takedown into half guard. D’Alelio moved to the back mount and landed few punches before Mariscal rolled D’Alelio on to her own back. Mariscal kept rolling to get out of the submissive position. D’Alelio did a great job of keeping on Mariscal’s back and landed punches to the side of the head. D’Alelio again with another RNC submission attempt in between punch combos. D’Alelio had full control and flattened Mariscal out several times. Mariscal displayed great hand fighting defense to stay in the fight early. Mariscal was able to gain two-on-one with the hands and prevent the choke. D’Alelio landed more punches from back mount. Mariscal landed powerful back elbows the face of D’Alelio. D’Alelio answered with punches of her own. D’Alelio feverously punched Mariscal as the round ended.

Round Two: D’Alelio took the center again, but it’s Mariscal who landed the better punches with one-twos to the jaw. D’Alelio not backing down and delivered punches of her own. D’Alelio seemed slower now compared to the last round, but secures the takedown into half guard. Fierce battle for leg control and D’Alelio won it then moved into full mount. Punches from D’Alelio found a home on Mariscal’s chin and the side of her head. Mariscal turned over to give up the back, but D’Alelio didn’t stop landing punches. Mariscal tapped out and the ref called the fight.

Sarah D’Alelio defeated Vanessa Mariscal via Tapout due to strikes at 3.19 in round two

 

115 lbs. Sally Krumdiack vs. Sarah Schneider

Ref: Chuck Wolf

Round One: Krumdiack took the center but both strike with body kicks at the same time. Nothing landed, but Krumdiack clinched and put Schneider against the cage. Krumdiack worked hard for a takedown or at least space to work close range strikes like knees and elbows. Schneider defended well and tied up when she could. Krumdiack secured the takedown and fell into full guard. Schneider moved her hips up for high guard and moved into a triangle choke from the bottom. Krumdiack started bleeding from her nose and the ref called the fight.

Sarah Schneider defeated Sally Krumdiack via Tapout due to armbar at 3.01 in round one

 

105 lbs. Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc vs. Amy Davis

Ref: Greg Franklin

Round One: Fight started in a flurry from both fighters. Calanoc pushed the action to the cage wall with Davis’s back against the cage. Calanoc dragged a single leg out for a spinning takedown. Davis worked form the bottom for a triangle submission that looked deep. Calanoc tried to stack her opponent as Davis tried to tighten the hold. Calanoc kept moving to avoid the submission and she popped her head out the back. Calanoc again pushed her opponent’s back against the cage and delivered knees to the thighs. Calanoc leaned heavily on Davis while she worked for another takedown. Another dragging single leg takedown secured by Calanoc. Davis delivered punches to the left ribcage of Calanoc and secured butterfly guard. Calanoc tried to posture up and land punches, but mostly unsuccessful. Davis looked to wall walk up and completed it. The fighters deliver one last fury as the round ended.

Round Two: Davis opened up with leg kicks, both low and to the body. Calanoc tried to punch her way inside. Calanoc dove in for a takedown and Davis countered by attempting a guillotine choke. Calanoc recognized the attempt and popped her head out. Fighters fought against the cage as Calanoc delivered body shots and Davis looked for the tie up. Calanoc with an unusual takedown that let Davis secure a crucifix, but Calanoc fought out of that with a major sense of urgency. Davis still had control of the upper body of Calanoc and went in for more punches. Once softened up, Davis secured the kimura for the tap and stoppage.

Amy Davis defeats Micdali Rivera-Calanoc via Tapout due to a kimura chock at 3.47 in round two

125 lbs. Sarah Maloy vs. Michele Gutierrez

Ref: Chuck Wolf

Round One: Maloy opened up with a super woman punch that made Gutierrez back off and circle the cage. Maloy kept up with the dramatic strikes to keep Gutierrez away from her. Gutierrez attempted to counter strike the heavy strike attempts. Crowd got demanding early. Maloy pushed the action hard and with several strikes. Maloy landed a head kick that was partially blocked and the crowd is back in the fight. Gutierrez maintained a large distance with in the fight. Maloy has created red marks on Gutierrez’s left leg. Maloy tried to chase down Gutierrez as the round ends.

Round Two: Gutierrez opened up with a body kick that went towards the spine as Maloy tried to spin and avoid the strike. Gutierrez came out more aggressive in this round and already land a punch combo within the first few seconds. Maloy took the center of the cage again and pushed back Gutierrez with strike attempts. Gutierrez came over the top and landed a left hook while Maloy pushed forward. Maloy pushed forward with more combo and heavy single attacks more than Gutierrez. Gutierrez landed a huge left hook and dropped Maloy hard. However she was unable to capitalize because Gutierrez slipped on the ground. After a few punches in guard from Gutierrez she decided to let Maloy stand back up as the round ended.

Round Three: Both traded kicks to open the round. Maloy again dominating the aggression and pushed Gutierrez around the cage at will. Gutierrez looked to counter attack. Maloy kept coming up with different attacks to throw while Gutierrez was not attacking back. Crowd started to get noisy at this point. Gutierrez showed great footwork to move around and dodge attacks, but not much aggression from her as the fight ends.

Sarah Maloy defeated Michele Gutierrez via Unanimous Decision (29.28 x2 30.27)

 

145 lbs. Mollie Ashlers-Estes vs. Randi Miller

Ref: Michelle Browning

Round One: Miller charged directly after Estes to start the fight. They tied up and delivered knees to each other. Miller was unable to secure a takedown on Estes this early in the fight. During a brief break from the clinch, Estes was able to land an elbow to the head. Still in the clinch, Estes delivered several knees aimed at the head. Miller with deep under hooks unable to get the fight in her arena of wrestling. Estes fought off of her back against the cage well. Another knee delivered from Estes, but Miller back on the attack of a takedown attempt. Miller attempted knee strikes of her own, but with little power behind them. Miller pushed Estes backwards with heavy punch attempts.

Round Two: Miller again chased down Estes, but she defended well enough to keep the fight standing. Miller gained under hooks again and Estes delivered more knees. Estes able to turn the fight with Miller‘s back against the cage for an instant, but Miller went for a low ankle pick. Estes stepped over with her other leg to stand over Miller‘s back and moved in for an armbar attempt. Miller fought out of the submission attempt and in half guard. Miller used her position to land several punches and take Estes’s back. With poor submission attempt from Miller, Estes was able to use the cage wall to stand up. The crowd loved the back and forth action. Miller again moved in for a low ankle pick and Estes again moved to take the back. Miller learning from her previous mistakes and countered into mount position to end the round on top and landing punches.

Round Three: Estes opened up with low and push kicks to keep away from takedown attempts. Estes able to keep Miller away from her most of the time via cross face to the jaw while on the feet. Estes landed a clean jab then Miller pushed forward to hold her against the cage while she worked for a takedown. Miller worked deep for a double leg takedown and scored it. Miller quickly moved in to half guard. Miller was able to throw elbows and punches from her position and scored with a few. With Estes not fighting back the ref came in to end the fight.

Randi Miller defeated Mollie Ashlers-Estes via TKO at 3.27 in round three

 

115 lbs. Ashley Cummins vs. Sofia Bagherdai

Ref: Michelle Browning

Round One: Bagherdai took the center throwing faint jabs and low kicks. Cummins waited for her opportunity to grab a leg for a takedown and scored with it. Bagherdai countered with a guillotine choke for several seconds until Cummins worked out of it and ended in guard. Cummins pushed the action against the cage on the ground while Bagherdai worked to get her out of her guard to stand up against the cage. Cummins worked hard for a single leg takedown. Bagherdai countered but pushing down on the head and stepping back into the center. Crowd fully invested in this fight. Bagherdai started landing right hooks to Cummin’s head. Cummins pushed forward to get back to the cage with under-over position. Again tried the single leg, but Bagherdai with good defense and back to center on the feet. Bagherdai tried to set up combos, but Cummins rushed in for a takedown attempt. Back to cage work for these two. Red scored with a takedown and punched along the way down. Crowd excited to see it. Bagherdai attempted an armbar from the bottom as the round ended.

Round Two: Bagherdai started again with more jabs to gage distance and landed a spinning back elbow that didn’t faze her opponent. This fight stayed on the feet with great exchanges by both fighters. Bagherdai tried to counter Cummins with overhand rights. Cummins used that to shoot in and move against the cage for knee and clinch work. Again Cummins worked on a single leg. More defense demonstration from Bagherdai. Cummins finally secured the takedown into guard and Bagherdai worked hard to get up. Cummins moved into side control and worked towards crucifix or mount. Bagherdai used that space during the transition to push off Cummins and get back to the feet. Cummins immediately shot in again and got another takedown into guard as the round ended.

Round Three: Bagherdai out with more jabs while Cummins waited to counter strike. Cummins started to land early in the round. Cummins started to mix up her striking by adding in low and body kicks to her attacks. Bagherdai just missed with a spinning heel kick and Cummins used that opening to dive in for another takedown attempt against the cage. Bagherdai still fought off well deep into the fight. Cummins secured the takedown by spinning her opponent. Bagherdai was able to escape again by pushing off Cummins. Cummins landed a solid one-two punch on the counter attack. Cummins pushed forward with Bagherdai backing away from the action. Bagherdai had two spinning back elbow attempts at the end of the fight. Crowd gave their approval and appreciation to both fighters.

Ashley Cummins defeated Sofia Bagherdai via Unanimous Decision (30.27 x2, 29.28)

 

105 lbs. Cassie Rodish vs. Meghan Wright

Ref: Greg Franklin

Round One: Wright came out wanting to touch gloves, but Rodish was not having it. When they got close, both fighters started to throw punches. Within the fury Rodish pushed Wright against the cage and held her head in a front headlock. Once settling, Rodish secured her arms around the neck and pressed her hips forward to apply the presser. Wright quickly tapped afterwards.

Cassie Rodish defeated Meghan Wright via Tapout via a guillotine choke at .32 seconds in round one

 

Quick Results:

Marloes Coenen defeated Romy Russen via Unanimous Decision (30.26 x3)

Jessica Penne defeated Lisa Ellis-Ward via TKO at 2.48 in round three

Liz Carmuche defeated Ashleigh Curry via TKO at 1.58 in round one

Leslie Smith vs. Kaitlin Young resulted in a Draw (29.28 for Smith; 29.28 for Young; 29.29)

Sarah D’Alelio defeated Vanessa Mariscal via Tapout due to strikes at 3.19 in round two

Sarah Schneider defeated Sally Krumdiack via Tapout due to armbar at 3.01 in round one

Amy Davis defeats Micdali Rivera-Calanoc via Tapout due to kimura chock at 3.47 in round two

Sarah Maloy defeated Michele Gutierrez via Unanimous Decision (29.28 x2 30.27)

Randi Miller defeated Mollie Ashlers-Estes via TKO at 3.27 in round three

Ashley Cummins defeated Sofia Bagherdai via Unanimous Decision (30.27 x2, 29.28)

Cassie Rodish defeated Meghan Wright via Tapout via a guillotine choke at .32 seconds in round one

Invicta FC 1: Weigh-in Results

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The official weigh ins took place today for Invicta Fighting Championship’s first event. Although all fights will go on as planned, 4 of the competitors missed weight, and they will forfeit %’s of their purse.  Although the promoters set up strict rules to ensure that the fighters made weight, including a soft weigh-in on Thursday and stiff financial penalties, Romy Ruyssen, Ashleigh Curry(made on second attempt,) Randi Miller and Sofia Bagherdai were all unable to meet their weight requirements for the all female card.

Below are the full weigh-in results:

Featherweight bout:
Marloes Coenen (146.0) vs Romy Ruyssen (149.8)*

Atomweight bout:
Jessica Penne (105.6) vs Lisa Ellis (106.0)

Bantamweight bout:
Liz Carmouche (134.2) vs Ashleigh Curry (136.0)**

Bantamweight bout:
Kaitlin Young (135.4) vs Leslie Smith (135.0)

Bantamweight bout:
Sarah D’Alelio (135.2) vs Vanessa Mariscal (136.0)

Strawweight bout:
Sally Krumdiack (113.6) vs Sarah Schneider (115.6)

Atomweight bout:
Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc (105.4) vs Amy Davis (105.6)

Flyweight bout:
Sarah Maloy (125.4) vs Michele Gutierrez (125.0)

Featherweight bout:
Randi Miller (149.0)* vs Mollie Estes (145.0)

Strawweight bout:
Ashley Cummins (115.0) vs Sofia Bagherdai (120.6)*

Atomweight bout:
Cassie Rodish (105.2) vs Meghan Wright (103.6)

*missed weight and will forfeit 25% of fight purse
** Curry made weight on the second attempt, but per the rules she loses 10% of fight purse