Tonight at 8 PM ET, the free live stream of Invicta FC in Kansas City, Kansas will go out across the interwebs for us to revel in a fantastic night of women's MMA.
The entire card is composed of women warriors and headlined by the exciting match-up between Marloes Coenen and Romy Ruyssen. Coenen defeated Ruyssen back in 2008 with a rear naked choke, but Romy has torn through her four opponents since - submitting them all within the first round. This is no mismatch and the matchmaking is of stellar quality throughout.
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The commentating team will be composed of Mauro Ranallo, Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal and Julie "Fireball" Kedzie. King Mo and Kedzie are likely going to be delights to listen to throughout the night and Ranallo should be able to control the pace and fill in the spaces around them smoothly by using his years of experience.
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King Mo is wearing a suit! Sweet combination with a solid purple tie (and pocket square), white checked shirt and solid black suit. Much respect to him for that bit of style and professionalism. Kedzie is looking spiffy as well and Mauro is being Mauro.
Very swanky visual presentation thus far for Invicta. I heart whoever the sound technician is right now for keeping Mauro at a reasonable volume and upping Kedzie and Mo.
Marloes Coenen vs. Romy Ruyssen - Featherweight (145 lbs)
Jessica Penne vs. Lisa Ellis - Atomweight (105 lbs)
Liz Carmouche vs. Ashleigh Curry - Bantamweight (135 lbs)
Kaitlin Young vs. Leslie Smith - Bantamweight (135 lbs)
Sarah D'Alelio vs. Vanessa Mariscal - Bantamweight (135 lbs)
Sally Krumdiack vs. Sarah Schneider - Strawweight (115 lbs)
Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc vs. Amy Davis - Atomweight (105 lbs)
Sarah Maloy vs. Michele Gutierrez - Flyweight (125 lbs)
Ok, I'm deaf, but I could still tell that was Lenny Kravitz's American Woman playing for Maloy there. Non-subtle and kind of overplayed, but works for me here.
Round 1: Maloy in hot pink and Gutierrez in black with blue trim. Maloy comes out firing with a superman punch. Gutierrez circles out easily and keeps circling to keep the aggressive Maloy away. A leg kick lands for Maloy, but Gutierrez still circling and looks comfortable. Maloy at the center of the cage. A hopping right hand lands for Maloy, but Gutierrez looks unaffected. A quick counter left lands for Gutierrez. Maloy misses with a reaching one two combo. Gutierrez looking to evade all strikes, but takes a light leg kick at extreme distance. Maloy frustrated a bit right now, but continuing to attack. Gutierrez tries a leg kick at extreme range, but misses. Gutierrez still circling regularly and resetting after each attack by Maloy. Maloy staying patient and is continuing to attack. Gutierrez is still circling. A teep to the belly lands for Maloy. Nothing from Gutierrez. A head kick by Maloy is barely defended by Gutierrez. Maloy still attacking, but missing and Gutierrez is circling again. A little bit of offense misses from Gutierrez. Maloy being backed off and is briefly dropped by a teep to the stomach from Gutierrez. Nothing comes of it and they reset. Gutierrez looking more aggressive now and Maloy is starting to face more resistance in her offense. Nothing significant landng for either. Gutierrez circcling once more. Maloy lands a slap kick to the body. Gutierrez evading more punches and teeps, but not firing anything back. A head kick by Maloy is defended and she evades a leg kick from Gutierrez. Rangefinding jab feints from Gutierrez. Maloy barely connects with a teep to the face at extreme range. Nice idea, but Gutierrez continues to circle and look unaffected. 10-9 Maloy for actually mounting offense and being smart with her strikes within range.
Mauro makes a Machida reference...
Randi Miller vs. Mollie Estes - Featherweight (145 lbs)
Signs of life from Mo as he talks about Miller's wrestling, but he again fades out all too soon as Mauro dominates the airwaves. Randi Miller wearing some hot pink calf-length tights instead of fight shorts.
Round 1: The bell sounds us in and they're off! Miller comes out very assertively and immediately clinches. Estes defends well and is pushing the head away while overhooking an arm. Miller looking to switch sides back and forth and find something, but takes a few knees. Estes lands a nice punch, but Miller fights through only to take another knee. Estes still being pushed back against the cage and has an overhook on the other arm, while looking to control the head with the free hand. Miller not getting anythign done and is backed against the cage herself. Estes looking much more aggressive here and firing off short punches and forearms. A few knees land and Miller is having trouble defending them. More knees! Just a steady flow of knees to the face of Miller from Estes. Miller snaps back to herself and turns Estes to the cage again. Miller trying to punch Estes in the face, but not really landing well. Estes continues to clinch well and fire off knees. Miller now shifts to a double leg, but Estes wall-walks out of it and pushes Miller off to land a few more punches. Miller hops and lands a few right hands! Estes fires off a few more knees to the body and Miller clinches again. Another brace of knees to the head for Estes. Miller looks a bit dazed, but fires a couple slow knees of her own. Estes's are much quicker and seem to land with greater authority though. Estes keeping the clinch in the double overhooks and fires off more knees! Miller looks overwhelmed and much smaller here. More knees to the body from Estes. Estes's left eye is bleeding slightly. Miller taking more knees and unclinches to fire off a couple punches that land lightly. More knees are forthcoming from Estes. Miller tries to disengage briefly to punch some more, but Estes fends her off and re-clinches. 10-9 Estes for that barrage of knees throughout the round.
King Mo agrees with me and pipes up with his longest string of words tonight. Julie chimes in with a good questioning of Miller's pre-fight hype.
Round 2: They come out slow and Miller again stalks forwards and looks to drive forwards and land punches. Estes fends her off and lands a few knees of her own. They separate and Estes looks to keep distance as Miller drives in behind an oustretched fist and fires a few punches away at the unprotected head of the Olympian. Miller looking to clinch and drives Estes back and forth across the cage until they settle near a cage angle. Estes still winning the clinch handily and is now working a front headlock to a standing back take attempt. Miller with her back to the cage and taking knees. Miller gets off the cage, takes more knees and drives Estes back on the cage. Miller drops low for a single on the wrong leg and Estes steps over to a back take and a possible reverse triangle or armbar attempt. Miller gable grips her hands, but unclasps to fire a couple of punches before re-clasping. Estes still working the armbar and Miller continuing to stack up Estes and punch the heck out of her unprotected head. Miller landing some big ground and pound from guard and now compresses Estes from half guard. Miller working from the top half guard to land some big punches on Estes. Estes gives up the back and goes to one knee. Miller working a rear naked choke with no hooks and loses it! Estes back to the feet. Miller landing some big, sloppy punches as Estes looks overwhelmed. Estes looking to regain her composure in the clinch and MIller drops for a single on the wrong leg again. Estes drops down to a crucifix position on the turtled up Miller. Randi works her way back to her feet, but is bent over trying to get at the legs of Estes. Estes firing off punches and back to the knees we go! Miller looks tired and Estes has regained her compsure. More knees to a visibly slowed Miller. Miller gets the leg trip takedown and right into mount! Some nasty hammerfists from Miller on Estes and there is a kimura attempt that is quickly shaken off by Miller. Some more nasty punches land before the round ends. 10-10, as Miller hurt Estes for a bit, but lost all the other parts of the round.
Round 3: They start off with Estes teeping to keep distance. Miller backs off and they walk around a bit. Miller drives forwards after some hesitant offense. Estes looks to keep distance and fire off a few jabs. Some really bad leg kicks from each barely land. Miller drives forwards again and clinches up against the cage. Estes has an overhook on the left arm, but switches arms as Randi switches direction. Estes back to the knees and frees herself from Miller. Randi still coming forwards and trying to land overhands and drive forwards. Once more on the cage wall with Estes getting double overhooks. Randi gets an underhook and still forgets about the knees that Estes fires right into her face. Miller switches direction and has Estes slowly defending against the wall. Estes lands with another knee to the face and another short elbow too. Miller works a single leg to get Estes onto her knees. Estes is driven back onto the mat and Miller has top half guard after threatening to take mount. Miller looking to free her leg and land some nice elbows from the half guard. Estes not defending the elbows well and MIller is hammerfisting away! Estes is not defending! The referee stops the fight at roughly the 3:30 mark of Round 3! Randi Miller, KO, ~3:30 of Round 3.
The commentating team seems to be warming up a bit more as Kedzie and Lawal are getting more assertive. Mauro still should get some notoriety for that hilarious/awful Bagherdai pun earlier.
Ashley Cummins vs. Sofia Bagherdai - Strawweight (115 lbs)
Cris Cyborg looks to be in Bagherdai's corner. Thus far in the night, Mo has been pretty quiet and Julie and Mauro have talked much more.
Round 1: The bell rings and the women stalk out. Bagherdai throwing out quick jab feints to establish range. Cummins tosses out one of her own and lands. Bagherdai fends her off and then lands a leg kick as Cummins dives for a takdown. Bagherdai defends by working a guillotine and Cummins dumps her down on the mat. Cummins is in half-guard and is punching Bagherdai in the side. Bagherdai is constantly re-adjusting her guillotine, but loses it. Cummins is briefly put back into guard and works to half again, while working the body punches. Bagherdai remains in control of the head and looks to shoulder walk back to the cage. Cummins stands and avoids the upkicks of Bagherdai. Bagherdai gets back to the feet and Cummins dives right back in for the takedown. Bagherdai is wall-walking and working a guillotine. Cummins has the single leg and ignores the guillotine as Bagherdai abandons it. Off a repositioning, Bagherdai escapes the clinch and backs out into space after bopping Cummins a few times. Cummins connects with a few straights, but is overwhelmed a bit by Bagherdai's flurries of punches and the one knee loosely connects. Cummins drivers her back into the cage and goes for an over/under clinch. They spin briefly and Bagherdai is much more active within the clinch, but not landing anything truly significant. Cummins goes for another single leg and Bagherdai defends well. Cummins not getting anywhere and Bagherdai works free. They both miss with wild punches and reset in space. Bagherdai lands with the right overhand. Cummins dieves in for another takedown, but Bagherdai again clinches up against the cage and lifts on leg to defend in a standing knee shield. Cummins tosses Bagherdai down, but almost has her back taken. Cummins defends and bops Bagherdai some. Sofia transitions to an armbar and Cummins postures to defend. They close out the round with Bagherdai on the mats looking up at a backed off Cummins. 10-9, Bagherdai for the more significant offense.
Round 2: The fighters circle to start and miss on a few strikes before a mutual exchange of a leg kick and punch connect. Bagherdai tries a spinning elbow, but doesn't land hard. Cummins drives forwards and lands a couple shots. Bagherdai lands a nice hopping right straight. Cummins takes a leg kick from Bagherdai. Sofia is trying some flashy techniques here, with a head kick missing. A few punches are exchanged and Cummins looks to be trying to land a few straights and drive in for the takedown. She does and Bagherdai defends in the clinch against the cage. Cummins not getting anywhere significant off the clinch and Bagherdai is defending well and occasionally punching Cummins in the side of the head from the farside arm. Bagherdai hops to fend off the single leg, but collapses to the mat. Cummins stands over Bagherdai and looks to punch away. Sofia clinches and brings Ashley down to the mats to control the head and free arm. Cummins is trying to figure out how to pass the half guard and maintain top pressure at the same time. Bagherdai works a high half guard and continues to control the arm of Cummins. Cummins passes to side control with some authority and looks to punch Sofia in the head. Bagherdai tries to walk her feet up the cage to push off, but Cummins keeps the pressure tight. Cummins goes for a crucifix and gets shoved off while punching. Bagherdai works a leglock, but Cummins backs out. Bagherdai is on her back and lashing out with upkicks, but Cummins is avoiding them or defending. Bagherdai back to the feet and Cummins back in for a takedown. Bagherdai defends, but is dumped down off a single leg. Cummins is pressuring constantly and throwing out small punches to the body as well, as Sofia clinches up and throws a few back. 10-9 Cummins for the aggressiveness, guard pass and takedowns.
Round 3: They touch gloves and back off. Bagherdai looking to land with an overhand right after a left jab. Cummins avoids and looks to land a lef counter as Bagherdai comes in. Cummins ducks an overhand right and lands a few straights. Cummins lands a nice left straight to Sofia's face and gets a leg kick away with no repercussions. Cummins stalking forwads and pressuring Bagherdai, who throws a leg kick that is caught. Bagherdai spins away and Cummins resets. Again, the straights are landing better, but Bagherdai is landing once in a while too. Cummins with a nice leg kick. They re-establish range and Bagherdai is now hunting a left hook, but nothing lands. Cummins fends off a Bagherdai flurry with a left straight. Cummins works a flurry of her own into a nice double leg, but again cannot finish off the shot. Bagherdai is once more against he cage and defending by working head control and a knee shield. Cummins fires off a knee, but seems to be pressuring mostly. Bagherdai looks to get free, but gets spun down to the mats and on her back. Cummins tries to push past the active legs, but has to back out. They stand once more and Cummins looks comfortable. Bagherdai tries a spinning backfist, but it is defended well. Cummins still headhunting with those precise straights and Bagherdai looks tired. Cummins lands a couple more punches while evading most of the winging punches from Bagherdai. Cummins defends a couple straights and lands a counter of her own. Cummins still stalking and tries a flurry, but nothing lands. Bagherdai is content to let Cummins go and takes a punch before landing a spinning backfist. The two fighters flurry as the fight ends in a clinch and at close range. A superman punch misses for Bagherdai and Cummins looks far fresher and I give her the round too. 10-9 Cummins, for a 29-28 decision as Bloody Elbow scores it.
Cassie Rodish vs. Meghan Wright - Atomweight (105 lbs)
Round 1: No glove taps from Rodish, as Wright is left hanging. Wright then attacks immediately with some punches and knees, but Rodish shoves her into a cage angle and works a headlock. Wright has a hand up and looks to be waiting patiently. Somehow, Rodish mutates it into a tight guillotine and Wright taps! This is less than a minute in! Cassie Rodish, submission, Round 1.
Replay shows Wright's head contorted rather well past normal in that guillotine and Wright looks very ticked off as the referee and doctors check on her.
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