In their first event of the year, Invicta Fighting Championships crowned a strawweight champion and tried their hands at a pay per view.
Carla Esparza defeated Bec Hyatt by decision to capture the Invicta FC belt in a five-round war that saw Esparza control most of the fight with her wrestling while Hyatt nearly scored a TKO in the last seconds of the fight.
The event was originally supposed to be a pay per view on UStream, however due to streaming problems, Invicta FC decided to show the event for free while refunding the money to the viewers who paid for the broadcast. Although there were still streaming problems, fans who did watch get their money’s worth.
In addition the Esparza-Hyatt match, there were other fights that captivated the fans, including the Alexis Davis vs. Shayna Baszler rematch that saw Davis winning with a rear naked choke. The match between Leslie Smith and Raquel Pennington was a brawl that went all three rounds with Smith getting the victory.
Sarah D’Alelio rebounded from her loss against Baszler and defeated Amanda Nunes by decision. Joanne Calderwood and Ediane Gomes continued their winning streaks. Calderwood, who was originally supposed to face Hyatt, dismantled Livia von Plettenberg in all three rounds of their fight while Gomes was able to control Hiroko Yamanaka.
The undercard of the pay per view was also a treat for fans. Laura Sanko, Veronica Rothenhausler and Rose Namajunas all won their professional debuts. Namajunas locked in a third-round submission over Emily Kagan while Rothenhausler scored the only knock out of the night against Katalina Malungahu.
All in all the event delivered as promised, however it seemed like some of the momentum was taken away due to the problems with the streaming and the complains from fans. I give props to Shannon Knapp and Invicta for once again thinking about the fans and them some of the best MMA action in the world.
It was a risk to move to the pay per view format and perhaps they could try it again in the future.
The next Invicta FC event is scheduled to take place in April. Invicta FC Atomweight champion Jessica Penne is scheduled to defend her title and former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman will make her debut in the promotion. There will also be a flyweight title match between Venessa Porto and Barb Honchak.
Full Invicta FC 4 results
Carla Esparza defeated Bec Hyatt by Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Alexis Davis defeated Shayna Baszler by technical submission at 0:58 in round three
Leslie Smith defeated Raquel Pennington by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sarah D’Alelio defeated Amanda Nunes by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Ediane Gomes defeated Hiroko Yamanaka by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Joanne Calderwood defeated Livia von Plettenberg by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Cassie Rodish defeated Stephanie Frausto by TKO at 1:04, in round three
Tamikka Brents defeated Amanda Bell by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jodie Esquibel defeated Liz McCarthy by split-decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Rose Namajunas defeated Emily Kagan by Submission rear naked choke at 3:44 in round three
Tecia Torres defeated Paige VanZant by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Veronica Rothenhausler defeated Katalina Malungahu by knockout at 1:12 in round one
Laura Sanko defeated Cassie Robb by Submission rear naked choke at 1:07 in round two
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