Invicta FC2 Results
Once again Invicta Fighting Championships proves to the world that females can hold their own in the male dominated sport of Mixed Martial Arts. After watching the first Invicta card from home streamed onto my TV I decided there was no way I was missing this one live. The first event was said to have 233,580 viewers and Shannon Knapp, the president of Invicta FC was determined to top it with the Invicta FC2 card. While Knapp refuses to take away from the fighter’s performances this time by releasing the viewership information she did confirm the number was more than 300,000 this time, so it seems they have accomplished their goal.
The card for Invicta FC2 was stacked from top to bottom and these ladies did not disappoint with 10 of the 14 bouts ending with a TKO or submission. The energy in the building was electric, between the performances of the fighters and DJ Dezie the building was rocking by the time the main event rolled around. Shayna Baszler vs. Sara McMann served as the main event and did not disappoint with a back and forth three round fight of the night performance that ended in a unanimous decision victory for Sara McMann but could have easily have gone the other way.
The rest of the night featured amazing matchmaking put together by Janet Martin which included submission of the night performances by Alexis Davis and Sarah D’Alelio. This was Davis’s first fight since her FOTY candidate bout with former Strikeforce Champion, and now number one contender, Sarah Kaufman. Davis showed off her ever improving striking skills and finished the fight in the second round with a Rear-Naked Choke. Sarah D’Alelio earned her bonus via an Inverted Triangle Choke which she turned into an Armbar finish in the second round.
During one of the breaks at the show Knapp was interviewed by commentator Mauro Ranallo and it was announced that Invicta FC3 would feature the first two title fights for Invicta. The first being a 105-pound bout between Jessica Penne and Naho Sugiyama and the second being a 135-pound bout which would feature the winner of the main event, Sara McMann vs either either Liz Carmouche or Alexis Davis. However, it was later revealed that McMann may have a nagging minor injury and the promotion might do an elimination bout to determine the true contender for the new 135-pound title.
By all indications the event was another huge success with only minor hiccups along the way. Shannon Knapp, Janet Martin and the whole Invicta FC crew have proven thus far that not only is there a market for women in MMA but that they can put on very competitive and interesting matches. There is still the problem of depth in the divisions but it is clear that Invicta is in this for the long haul and they will help cultivate and develop new talent. It will be interesting to see what happens now with the broadcast of the next card, will it be streamed again or will a cable provider pick it up?
Invicta FC3 is currently scheduled for October 6, 2012.
Full results below:
Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler vs Sara McMann
Winner: Sara McMann by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Alexis Davis vs Hitomi “Girlfight Monster” Akano
Winner: Alexis Davis via Rear-Naked Choke at 3:41 of round two.
Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche vs Kaitlin Young
Winner: Liz Carmouche via Rear-Naked Choke at 3:34 of round two.
Ayaka Hamasaki vs Lacey “The Lady” Schuckman
Winner: Ayaka Hamasaki via Armbar at 4:45 of round three.
Amanda “Lioness of the Ring” Nunes vs Raquel “Rocky” Pa’Aluhi
Winner: Amanda Nunes via technical submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 2:24 of round one.
Sarah “The Monster” D’Alelio vs Vanessa Porto
Winner: Sarah D’Alelio via Armbar at 3:16 of round one.
Barb “Little Warrior” Honchak vs Bethany Marshall
Winner: Barb Honchak via TKO (strikes) at 1:22 of round two.
Julia “The Jewel” Budd vs Elina Nilsson
Winner: Julia Budd via TKO (strikes) at 3:49 of round one.
Carla Esparza vs Sarah “White Tiger” Schneider
Winner: Carla Esparza via TKO (strikes) at 4:28 of round two.
“South Valley’s Own” Angelica Chavez vs Nicdali “The Night Queen” Rivera-Calanoc
Winner: Nicdali River-Calanoc by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Sarah “Cheesecake” Moras vs Raquel “Rocky” Pennington
Winner: Raquel Pennington by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke vs Suzie “La China” Montero
Winner: Jessamyn Duke via TKO (strikes) at 2:32 of round three.
Jocelyn Lybarger vs Cheryl Chan
Winner: Jocelyn Lybarger by unanimous decision (29-28 all three cards).
Jessica Philippus vs “Lightening” Liz McCarthy
Winner: Liz McCarthy due to doctor stoppage at 5:00 of round one due to a swollen left eye.