On Saturday, Jan. 16, Invicta Fighting Championships hosted its 15th event from The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. The event streamed live on UFC Fight Pass at 9 p.m. ET.

In the night’s main event. featherweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino put her title on the line against Russian newcomer Daria Ibragimova. Cyborg successfully defended her 145-pound title at Invicta FC 13 in July, stopping New Zealand’s Faith Van Duin in under a minute. Ibragimova made her promotional debut riding a seven-fight winning streak. Seven of her nine career victories had come via submission and six of her wins had come inside the first round.

The co-main event featured strawweight champion Livia Renata Souza against fellow unbeaten DeAnna Bennett. The Brazilian Souza captured the 115-pound title with a fourth-round finish of Katja Kankaanpää at Invicta FC 12. Seven of the 24-year-old’s wins had come via submission, including five in the first round. Utah’s Bennett had won four straight inside the Invicta cage. Since dropping to 115 pounds, she had topped Norma Rueda Center, as well as the aforementioned Kankaanpää, in her last two outings.

Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino def. Daria Ibragimova by knockout (punch). Round 1, 4:58 – for featherweight title
Livia Renata Souza def. DeAnna Bennett by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:30 – for strawweight title
Colleen Schneider def. Raquel Pa’aluhi by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Amber Brown def. Shino VanHoose by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 2:36
Mizuki Inoue def. Lacey Schuckman by submission (armbar). Round 3, 3:41
Angela Hill def. Alida Gray by knockout (knee). Round 1, 1:39
Megan Anderson def. Amber Leibrock by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 2:33

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Born in London, Ontario and raised in Los Angeles, Rob Young has been following the sport of MMA since discovering it through the Ultimate Fighting Championship game for the Sega Dreamcast in 2000. In a previous life he produced hip hop music under the pseudonym Polyhedron and now works a day job in sound mixing for TV and film.

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