Photo Credit: Invicta FC
February 27th was Invicta FC coming from Los Angeles, California. There were several finishes, first round finishes, and a couple fights going the distance that were very entertaining. In the nights main event, Christiane “Cyborg” Santos retained her featherweight title with a dominant quick stoppage of challenger Charmaine Tweet. Here is our play by play followed by the Of The Night Awards.
1. Flyweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Aspen Ladd (0-0 MMA Gold) vs Ana Carolina Vidal (0-0 Gracie South Bay)
RD 1: They both come out throwing and Vidal takes her down in side control. Vidal goes for her back but Ladd rolls and is on top in guard. Vidal is staying active off of her back. The ref stands them for no reason. They drop back down with Ladd on top but Vidal goes for a leg lock. Ladd lands head shots and stands and kicks at her legs. Ladd drops on top of her and gets mount and lands head shots. Ladd gets her back and lands more till the ref stops it.
Result: Aspen Ladd via TKO at 4:21 of Round 1
2. Flyweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Laura Salazar (3-0 Britton) vs Christine Stanley (3=1 San Diego Combat Academy)
RD 1: Stanley hurts her with punches and drops her. Salazar is up and going for a takedown and gets it against the cage. They are up clinched. Knees to the leg by Salazar. Hard knees to the body by Stanley. They drop down and Stanley gets her back landing elbows to the head. More punches and elbows by Stanley till the ref stops it.
Result: Christine Stanley via TKO at 2:59 of Round 1
3. Strawweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Amy Montenegro (5-1 Gracie Baja Northwest) vs Brianna Van Buren (3-1 Antdawgs)
RD 1: Van Buren lands punches. Body kick by Van Buren. They clinch and move to the cage. Takedown by Van Buren but they are up quick clinched. Knees to the leg by Montenegro. Punch to the body by Montenegro. Van Buren drags her down but they are up quick clinched. Knee to the body by Montenegro and then two more. Montenegro is working for a takedown but the round ends.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Van Buren
RD 2: Leg kick by Montenegro. They clinch and trade strikes. Montenegro is cut by her eye. Van Buren lands punches and they clinch on the cage. Knees to the leg by Montenegro. Hard knees now by Montenegro. Knee to the head by Montenegro. They separate but clinch again and drop down with van Buren looking for an arm as the round ends.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Montenegro
RD 3: They clinch and trade knees. They drop down with Van Buren trying to get her back. Nice escape by Montenegro and she is on top landing elbows and punches. They stand clinched and Montenegro lands knees. Two elbows to the head by Montenegro. Knees to the leg by Montenegro. They separate and Montenegro catches a kick and forces a clinch. They trade punches to the body. Knees to the body by Montenegro.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Montenegro
My score card: 29-28 Montenegro
Result: Amy Montenegro via Unanimous Decision (30-27/29-28/29-28)
4. Strawweight 5x5x5 Rounds
JJ Aldrich (1-0 303 Training Center) vs Jamie Moyle (1-0 Syndicate MMA)
RD 1: Moyle catches a kick and takes her down and gets mount. Moyle gets her back and looks for a rear naked. She gets the body triangle and puts her to sleep.
Result: Jamie Moyle via Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:20 of Round 1
5. Bantamweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Colleen Schneider (6-5 Combat Submission West) vs Irene Aldana (4-1 Lobo Gym)
RD 1: Cross to the body by Aldana. Leg kick by Schneider. Schneider slips and Aldana gets her back when she stands. She gets a rear naked and after the drop down Schneider taps.
Result: Irene Aldana via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:05 of Round 1
6. Strawweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Norma Rueda Center (3-1 Sacan Muay Thai) vs DeAnna Bennett (6-0 Pit Elevated)
RD 1: They clinch on the cage. Not much action here. They separate. Bennett lands punches and they clinch. Knees to the body by Bennett. Knee to the leg by Center.They separate and Bennett lands a leg kick and then punches. Another leg kick by Bennett.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Bennett
RD 2: Lots of feints by both fighters. Leg kick by Center. They trade crosses. Leg kick by Bennett. Cross by Bennett. Center shoots and they clinch on the cage. Knees to the leg by Bennett before separating. Hard leg kick by Center. Cross by Bennett. Bennett catches a kick and forces a clinch. Knees to the leg by Bennett. They separate and trade punches. Leg kick and hook by Center. They clinch on the cage and Bennett lands knees.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Bennett
RD 3: Leg kick by Bennett. They clinch on the cage and Bennett lands a knee to the leg. Knee to the body by Center and they separate. They trade jabs. They clinch and move to the cage and trade knees. They separate and trade punches. Cross by Center. Center lands punches. They clinch but separate quick. Hook by Center. They clinch and Bennett lands a knee to the leg. They separate and Bennett lands a leg kick. Hook by Center. They clinch and Center lands a knee to the head.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Center
My score card: 29-28 Bennett
Result: DeAnna Bennett via Unanimous Decision (30-27/19-18/19-18)
7. Strawweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Mizuki Inoue (8-3 Hakushinkai) vs Alexa Grasso (6-0 Lobo Gym)
RD 1: Cross by Grasso. Jab and cross by Grasso. Leg kick by Inoue. Front kick to the head by Inoue. Nice spinning back kick to the head by Grasso. They trade punches. Hook and cross by Grasso. Leg kick by Grasso. Jab by Grasso. They trade strikes. Cross by Grasso. Hook by Grasso. Double jab by Grasso. Inoue shoots and gets a takedown but they are up quick clinched. They trade head shots. Knees to the leg by Grasso.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Grasso
RD 2: Jab by Inoue. Leg kick by Grasso. They trade crosses. They trade more punches. Leg kick by Grasso. Head kick by Grasso. They clinch and exchange strikes. Knees to the leg by Inoue. They separate and Inoue lands a jab and a cross. Leg kick by Inoue. Leg kick by Grasso. They trade punches. Inoue’s nose is bleeding. Leg kick by Grasso. Another leg kick by Grasso. Cross by Inoue. Takedown by Inoue but Grasso looks for an arm. Grasso tries for a triangle and lands punches.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Grasso
RD 3: They trade punches. Cross by Grasso. Takedown by Inoue and she lands punches from half guard. Head shots by Inoue. They stand clinched. Inoue takes her back down.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Inoue
My score card: 29-28 Grasso
Result: Alexa Grasso via Unanimous Decision (30-26/29-28/29-28
8. Featherweight Title 5x5x5x5x5 Rounds
Charmaine Tweet (6-4 Wiley BJJ) vs Cristiane Justino (12-1, 1NC Team Punishment)
RD 1: Cross by Justino. Justino lands punches and drops her and lands more. Justino lets her up and lands more punches till the ref stops it.
Result: Cristiane Justino via TKO at 0:46 of Round 1
Submission of the Night; Jamie Moyle
Knockout of the Night: Cristiane Justino
Fight of the Night: Amy Montenegro vs Brianna Van Buren