Are you looking for some MMA to watch this weekend? Live on UFC Fight Pass they will have all women’s organization Invicta with their 14th show. The show is headlined by a Bantamweight title fight between Tonya Evinger and Pannie Kianzaid. It was supposed to be a Strawweight title fight between champion Livia Renata Souza and number one contender Alexa Grasso, but Grasso had to pull out due to injury.
Jinh Yu Freh vs. Liz McCarthy
In the Atomweight division is an exciting matchup between two talents when Jinh Yu Freh (3-1 MMA: 1-1 Invicta) and Liz McCarthy (2-2; 2-2) get the ball rolling. The two are inexperienced but have talent to make an entertaining fight.
Freh has a very interesting story coming into the fight. While being a contender in the Atomweight division, she managed to get a Master’s in Business Administration degree and kept a 4.0 GPA. She is best known for her KO of Darla Harris while in SCS. Since joining Incvicta she is 1-1 with her win coming in her last fight against Cassie Robb.
McCarthy started her professional career with Invicta in 2012 with a Split-Decision win. She would split losses for wins in her next three with a victory over Cassie Robb. The young Atomweight will look to make waves and send a message in the division.
Roxanne Modaferri vs. Mariana Morais
One of the pioneers of Women’s MMA Roxanne Modaferri (17-12; 2-1) and Mariana Morais (9-2; 0-0) will meet in the cage. Modaferri just fought in April while Morais hasn’t fought since December 2014.
Modaferri’s 29 career fights are among some of the most in WMMA history. She competed on TUF 18 and lost eventual finalist Jessica Rakoczy. Modaferri fought on the finale and lost to Raquel Pennington. She would join Invicta after that and has gone 2-1 since then with wins over Tara LaRosa and Andrea Lee. She has fights with Shayna Baszler, Marloes Coenen, Rosi Sexton and Barb Honchak in her career.
Morais is currently on a five-fight winning streak to get into Invicta. She has fought for Shooto Brazil and many other organizations before this. She has 6 submission wins in her career which includes 3 Armbar wins.
Katja Kankaanpaa vs. DeAnna Bennett
A Strawweight bout between Katja Kankaanpaa (10-2-1; 2-2) and DeAnna Benett (7-0; 3-0) as they both fight for a chance to climb in the division.
Kankaanpaa is the former Strawweight champion. She beat Stephanie Eggink by D’Arce Choke to win the belt at Invicta FC 8. She would come up about a round short in her first chance for a title defense when she lost by Triangle-Choke in the fourth round to know champion, Livia Renata Souza.
Bennett is undefeated in professional MMA. She was 4-0 before joining the Kansas City-based company, including a win over TUF 18 winner Julianna Pena. She has two decision wins and a liver kick TKO, during her Invicta tenure, to put herself in line for a title shot sooner rather than later.
Tonya Evinger (c) vs. Pannie Kianzaid- for the Invicta Bantamweight Championship
The main event is a Bantamweight title fight between champion Tonya Evinger (15-6; 4-0) and challenger Pannie Kianzaid (8-0; 1-0). They have won all five of their fights in Invicta combined 14 straight overall wins.
Evinger hasn’t lost since 2011 to Sara McMann under the Titan FC banner. Since then she has won all 6 of her fights including the 4 in Invicta. She just beat Irene Aldana at Invicta 13 to capture the Bantamweight title. She won the fight by fourth round TKO and is making her first title defense.
The undefeated Kianzaid will make her second appearance in Invicta. She is the former Cage Warriors champion before signing with Invicta. She made her debut at against Jessica Rose Clark and won by decision.
Invicta 27 Officially Announced
The all-women promotion, Invicta FC, returns to Kansas City, Missouri on January 13th, 2018 for Invicta 27. The promotion announced on their website, the promotions inaugural 2018 event will start the new year off with a fan-friendly main event, Sarah Kaufman (18-4 1 NC) vs. Pannie Kianzad (8-2).
Kaufman returns to Invicta FC after a three-year stint with the UFC. The Canadian athlete fought once prior, in the female-only promotion, defeating Leslie Smith via split decision. Both women earned Fight of the Night honors for their efforts. In her previous three bouts, Kaufman posted a record of 1-2. The former Strikeforce bantamweight champion lost her final two UFC bouts against Alexis Davis and Valentina Shevchenko. Her most recent bout was a victory over Jessica Rose-Clark, in the Battlefield FC promotion.
The veteran Kaufman made her debut in 2006, nearly six years before her opponent. Pannie Kianzad made her professional debut with the Estonian promotion MMA Raju, in 2012. Kianzad began her career undefeated in eight bouts. On the way, capturing the Cage Warriors bantamweight championship. The Iranian-Swede holds an identical record to Kaufman in her previous three bouts, 1-2. Currently, she finds herself on a two-loss skid.
In the co-main event, Vanessa Porto (19-8) faces Mariana Morais (12-5). The Brazilian, Morais, is coming off a disappointing title challenge in the flyweight division of the KSW promotion. Ariane Lipski submitted her in 58 seconds. Porto, however, is fresh off her Invicta 26, TKO victory over, Milana Dudieva.
Porto is an Invicta FC veteran, having fought in seven of the promotions twenty-six held events. Throughout her career, the veteran faced the best women the world had to offer. The thirty-three-year-old has fought the likes of Roxanne Modafferi (twice), Agnieszka Niedzwiedz, Barb Honchak, Tara LaRosa, Jennifer Maia (twice), Tonya Evinger, Germain De Randamie, Amanda Nunes, and Cris “Cyborg” Justino.
The first card of 2018 for Invicta holds a plethora of inexperienced women. Of the 17 women booked for the card, only four women hold ten or more professional fights on their record. Another four women will make their professional MMA debut: Loma Lookboonmee, Jade Ripley, Helen Peralta, and Akeela Al-Hameed. The Invicta 27, the card will feature nine bouts. The event will take place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri on January 13th, 2018. The card will proceed as follows:
Pannie Kianzad (8-2) vs. Sarah Kaufman (18-4 1 NC) – Bantamweight Division
Vanessa Porto (19-8) vs. Mariana Morais (12-5) – Flyweight Division
Sharon Jacobson (4-2) vs. Ashely Nichols (3-1) – Strawweight Division
Ashley Cummings (5-4) vs. Stephanie Alba (3-2) – Atomweight Division
Brogan Walker-Sanchez (4-0) vs. TBA – Flyweight Division
Felicia Spencer (3-0) vs. Akeela Al-Hameed (0-0) – Featherweight Division
Mallory Martin (1-2) vs. Tiffany Masters (2-1) – Strawweight Division
Melissa Wang (1-0) vs. Loma Lookboonmee (0-0) – Atomweight Division
Jade Ripley (0-0) vs. Helen Peralta (0-0) – Strawweight Division
Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut
Late Friday night, Mackenzie Dern (5-0, 1-0 Invicta FC) won her co-main event booking, defeating Kaline Medieros (8-6, 2-2 Invicta FC), at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz, via submission (armbar) with only fifteen seconds remaining in the fight.
Much of the fight was controlled by Dern. The heralded prospect displayed her power, visibly damaging her opponent with multiple overhand rights. Striking is an under-developed aspect of her attack, only when compared to the twenty-four-year-olds black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Above all, she showed a progression of her striking skills. Dern looked to be bigger and physically stronger than her veteran opponent. She utilized forward pressure and found the proper timing for her overhand right throughout.
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The veteran Medeiros showed her toughness throughout the fight. She defended and scrambled out of some bad positions during the grappling exchanges. Ultimately, she tapped when caught in a deeply planted armbar. While Medeiros did earn a few hard trip takedowns, it factored minimally in the result as she refused to follow Dern to the mat. The Boston native suffered her second straight loss, Friday night. Her first was to, former Invicta strawweight champion, Angela Hill.
Dern made her professional debut in July of 2016 with Legacy Fighting Alliance (previously: Legacy Fighting Championship). In her debut, she defeated Kenia Rosas by unanimous decision. The Phoenix-born fighter won her next three bouts. Before her MMA career began, Dern won the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) championship at 60 kg. She was the first American born female to become champion at the weight. Her grappling resume boasts many more incredible accomplishments. Justifiably, a growing spotlight now hangs over her, her skills, and potential in the sport of MMA.
Elsewhere on the Invicta 26 card, Jennifer Maia defeated Agnieszka Niedzweidz by unanimous decision. Maia retained her Invicta flyweight belt, defending it for the second time. Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzweidz, took place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.
Andrea Lee on USADA Drug Test Failure “You can get Suspended for Anything”
MMA Latest spoke to recently signed UFC flyweight Andrea “KGB” Lee about her delayed UFC debut, and potential opponents on this season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Lee (8-2) signed with the UFC in September, and was set to make her promotional debut just a few weeks after at UFC 216. However, “KGB” was quickly pulled from her scheduled fight with Kalindra Faria, due to fighters with previous USADA violations having to serve a six-month period in the testing pool before fighting.
Q: I’m interested to get your thoughts on how things are going on The Ultimate Fighter: Season 26, have you been watching closely?
I have! I’m still glad I didn’t sign up for TUF, I’m happy I stayed home so I could watch from afar and continue to get my own training in. I’ve been keeping up with it, trying to study my future opponents I’ve already got my eye on some I would like to compete against.
Q: You decided to fight Liz Tracey instead of committing to the tryouts for TUF 26, but you said you don’t regret that, why?
I had already injured my back, so going into the house at that time with an injury wouldn’t have been smart. Secondly, I felt like I was already established enough as a fighter, most fighters on the show need help to be seen, but I already feel like I have a good following. I was comfortable fighting with Invicta and LFA until I got the call-up for the UFC.
Q: Can you please clear up why you failed a USADA test back in 2016, I believe it was revealed you took a diuretic, but you were unaware it was on the banned list?
Firstly, I’ve never taken steroids, I didn’t fail the test because of steroids and I was not aware that fluid pills (diuretics) were used as a masking agent.
People need to be aware that you can get suspended for anything.
I used the fluid pills because I swell and bloat a lot, it’s very uncomfortable. I didn’t realise people use them for masking steroids. If in competition you can get suspended for like ibuprofen and sleep aids, they’re always changing the banned substance list.
Q: You tested positive for the diuretic after you loss to Sarah D’Alelio, was the weight cut for this fight rough and did it hinder your performance on the night?
I took it for the weight cut for that fight yes, but I don’t think it hindered my performance. I was paranoid and thinking that I needed it in that moment, because I was bloating and retaining water. I didn’t think twice about it and took it thinking it would help my period and the fact that I was bloated.
Q: When will your six month suspension be over, and are you eyeing any specific dates/opponents for your UFC debut?
I’ll be done at the end of March next year, I joined the USADA testing pool right as I signed my UFC contract in September. I think April is when I may fight, we don’t have an opponent in mind yet, we’re waiting to see how TUF 26 plays out.
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