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Invicta FC 20 Wrapup – Evinger Unhappy, Performance Bonuses and Anderson vs. Tweet

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On Friday night in the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri, Invicta Fighting Championships held their 20th event.

It was a night of gruelling fights; a sprinkling of submission finishes; and a massive upset in the main event. There was also some questionable refereeing, and judging, making this your a-typical Invicta FC card.

AND THE PERFORMANCE BONUSES GO TO…

Four fighters ended the night with well deserved performance bonuses. Yana Kunitskaya for her shocking submission of Tonya Evinger that won her the Invicta FC bantamweight title; Herica Tiburcio for outworking and outlanding Simona Soukupova over three rounds; J.J. Aldrich for doing the same against Lynn Alvarez; and Alexa Conners for her decision win over Stephanie Egger.

If you are wondering why the list does not include Ashley Yoder, who was involved in the best fight of the night against Amber Brown, or Miranda Maverick who opened the night with an impressive debut submission of Samantha Diaz, both fighters failed to make weight so forfeited their chance to earn a bonus.

INVICTA FC 21 HAS A DATE AND A HEADLINER

We already knew that Invicta’s next event would see boxer Heather Hardy make her MMA debut. Now we know when and where the event will take place, and who will be fighting in the headliner. If you like hard hitting featherweights, it’s one you’ll be looking forward to.

It was announced during the broadcast that former Invicta FC title challenger Charmaine Tweet will square off against Australian standout Megan Anderson. Tweet is currently ranked #4 in the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings, while Anderson sits at #6. The event takes place January 14 and will once again be held at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.

Tweet came up short against Cristiane “Cyborg” Justin for the Invicta featherweight title in February 2015, but has since won three straight to maintain her status as a top five 145 pounder. Last time out Tweet stopped Latoya Walker with a spinning back fist at Invicta FC 17.

Anderson also has a notable loss on her Invicta resume, against Cindy Dandois in her Invicta debut. Since then Anderson has relocated to the United States, training full-time at Glory MMA, and the move has paid off in a big way. Anderson has won three-straight inside the distance, defeating Amber Leibrock, Amanda Bell, and Peggy Morgan.

MIKE ENGLAND HAS A BAD NIGHT, EVINGER UPSET

There is no question that refereeing MMA is a difficult, thankless, job. As such, we try not to be too hard on the officials up and down the country who keep the sport in check. Sometimes though a referee has such a bad night that it is impossible to ignore. That was Mike England on Friday night in Kansas City.

First he paused the action in the third round of a bout between Alexa Conners and Stephanie Egger to replace Egger’s mouthpiece. At the time Conners had Egger badly hurt against the cage and was swarming for a finish. She was so close to finishing the fight that when England paused the action, everyone, including the fighters, assumed the fight had been stopped. England’s timing was way off, opting to pause the fight at the worst possible moment.

Then in the main event Tonya Evinger attempted to force her way out of an armbar by stepping on Yana Kunitskaya’s face. That is well within the rules, as confirmed by refereeing pioneer John McCarthy. However, England insisted on berating Evinger and telling her to change her position. When she followed his instruction, the armbar was only sunk in deeper and it forced her to submit.

Whether it changed the eventual outcome of the bout is up for debate. We will never know whether Kunitskaya would have been able to finish from that position regardless. What is not in question is that England made a big mistake at a crucial point in the fight. So much so that Evinger insisted she would look to get the result overturned in the hopes of securing a rematch for the title.

What were your main takeaways from Invicta FC 20? Hit us up and let us know over on Twitter @MMALatestNws.

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Invicta 27 Officially Announced

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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

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Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut 

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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.

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.

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Andrea Lee on USADA Drug Test Failure “You can get Suspended for Anything”

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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.

Who would you like to see Andrea Lee face in her UFC debut? Let us know below!

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