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Rachael Ostovich vs. Christine Ferea – Invicta FC 21’s Barnburner in Waiting



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Invicta’s audience is nothing if not passionate and dedicated.

Anyone who has been to an Invicta event in Kansas City will attest to the fact that the same familiar faces and “superfans” are on hand at most of the events. Even watching at home from the comfort of my oversized, shocking-pink beanbag, I’ve spotted Candy Arellano and crew enjoying the action at all but one of the past 10 or so events.

That core group of fervent Invicta admirers who have helped the all women’s promotion gain a measure of stability, would never dream of missing one of the eight fights on offer at Invicta FC 21 on Saturday.

Yet when the cage door closes behind Rachael Ostovich and Christine Ferea and the opening bout begins, there will be a handful of stragglers still taking their seats in the Scottish Rite Temple. Some might even dare to miss the opening bout altogether. That would be a mistake, because the show opener has the potential to turn into a barnburner.

Rachael Ostovich has not yet been involved in a dull fight, nor has she put in a disappointing performance inside the Invicta cage. Win or lose, the Hawaiian’s brand of flashy grappling and fearless striking has made for compelling viewing.

Training out of her Father’s Jesus is Lord gym in Honolulu, Hawaii, fighting in a Wonder Woman styled singlet for no other reason than she loves the powerful superhero, Ostovich is a unique fighter. Often pigeonholed as an extravagant grappler capable of highlight reel takedowns, reversals, and submission attempts, the 25-year-old is plenty more than that.

While the judo and wrestling background is there, Ostovich has proven herself competitive on the feet against top strikers. That has been both a credit to her growing ability, and a curse.

Against Andrea “KGB” Lee at Invicta FC 14 last year, Ostovich was drawn into a kickboxing fight that she could not win. Last time out against Ariel Beck, who has four professional boxing bouts on her resume, Ostovich seemed happy to stand with her opponent in the first round when taking the fight to the mat would have given her a significant advantage.

But how can you criticise any fighter willing to throw, and skilful enough to land, spinning back fists and superwoman punches off the cage against Andrea Lee? Even “KGB” paused to give her the thumbs up in their bout when one such attack landed cleanly.

The positive sign in all of that is how coachable the fighter appears to be. Improvements made not only from fight to fight, but from round to round. When Ostovich was struggling to find success in the clinch against Ariel Beck in May, where her judo had worked for her so often in the past, she came out in the second round with a different tact. A heavily thrown overhand right led to a level change and a perfectly timed takedown. It was a big moment in a fight that could have slipped away.

That level of adaptation could be key on Saturday, because for all Ostovich’s clean one-two combinations, smooth head movement, and ability to circle away and create space when under pressure, Christine Ferea is ferocious on the feet. Being dragged into Ferea’s type of fight could spell defeat in a hurry.

Ferea has legitimate power in her hands. Just ask Jamie Herod who crumbled beneath Ferea in 2012 when a cutting right hand ploughed through her chin.


An aggressive Muay Thai warrior who throws chopping leg kicks and brutal knees, Ferea has spent time at Xtreme Couture and Syndicate MMA to round out her MMA game.

Based on what we have seen inside MMA cages during Ferea’s amateur career — the bout with Ostovich will be Ferea’s pro MMA debut — the 34-year-old can be taken down. Once there she is energetic, hips constantly moving from side to side, even sweeping her way out from under Jeana Pinelli’s mount in their 2013 contest. We’ve just not seen a whole lot of offence from Ferea when put on her back.

But this is all based on fights that took place years ago. Ferea has not been involved in an MMA bout since February 2015, and that only lasted 22 seconds as Ferea finished Dianna Rodriguez quickly. Prior to that we are looking at fights from 2013 and earlier. And that’s what makes this Invicta FC 21 opener so interesting.

Ferea is a wrecking ball on the feet, that is without question. She has secured two of her three amateur MMA wins by first round stoppage. Not to mention the many Muay Thai wins that Ferea has earned, including a fourth round demolition of Calie Cutler at LionFight 22 in 2015.

What is in question, is Ferea’s ability to avoid being taken down by Ostovich. She has had a lot of time to work on her takedown defence and her grappling since we last saw it truly tested in her lone amateur defeat to Jeana Pinelli in 2013.

Just how good is Christine Ferea at this point? We are left guessing, and wondering whether Ostovich might be good enough to shut her down regardless of any improvements that have been made.

Or does Ferea come out hard and fast and land with something fight-altering, potentially fight-finishing, that renders everything else meaningless?

On Saturday night those questions get answered.

Invicta FC 21 takes place Saturday, January 14, at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri. The event is headlined by an interim featherweight title bout between Charmaine Tweet and Megan Anderson.

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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

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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.

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”

Harry Davies



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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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