On Friday, May 3, Invicta Fighting Championships hosted its inaugural Phoenix Rising tournament from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.
The one-night, eight-woman tournament crowned a new 115-pound champion after undefeated Brazilian Virna Jandiroba vacated the belt to sign with the UFC.
The randomly drawn quarterfinal match-ups pitted former atomweight title challenger Amber Brown against decorated wrestler Sharon Jacobson, India’s Manjit Kolekar met California’s Brianna Van Buren, UFC veterans squared off as Danielle Taylor clashed with Juliana Lima, and Hawaii’s Kailin Curran faced Iceland’s Sunna Davíðsdóttir.
In the semifinals, Van Buren battled Lima and Curran took on Jacobson.
The tournament final saw Van Buren meet Curran. Van Buren earned a second-round submission to capture the tournament and the strawweight title.
Below is a photo gallery of all the night’s action shot by Kiara Kaiser of Combat Press. Click an image for a larger version.