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.

Former title challengers Mizuki Inoue and Janaisa Morandin were both removed from the tournament due to missing weight.

The event streamed on UFC Fight Pass at 8 p.m. ET.

Brianna Van Buren def. Kailin Curran by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 3:49 – strawweight tournament final
Magdaléna Šormová def. Kay Hansen by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Kailin Curran def. Sharon Jacobson by unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9) – strawweight tournament semifinal
Brianna Van Buren def. Juliana Lima by unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9) – strawweight tournament semifinal
Alyssa Krahn def. Itzel Esquivel by split decision (9-10, 10-9, 10-9) – strawweight tournament reserve bout
Sharon Jacobson def. Amber Brown by unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9) – strawweight tournament quarterfinal
Brianna Van Buren def. Manjit Kolekar by submission (armbar). Round 1, 3:20 – strawweight tournament quarterfinal
Juliana Lima def. Danielle Taylor by split decision (9-10, 10-9, 10-9) – strawweight tournament quarterfinal
Kailin Curran def. Sunna Davíðsdóttir by split decision (10-9, 9-10, 10-9) – strawweight tournament quarterfinal

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Bryan Henderson became a fan of MMA in the late '90s when he happened upon the early UFC events on VHS at a local video rental store. He started writing about the sport on his Sporting News member blog in 2007 before becoming an official staff writer for Sporting News' "The Rumble" MMA/boxing blog. He went on to become a staff writer and the Features Manager for MMA DieHards before moving on to The MMA Corner, where he assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief. Bryan left The MMA Corner in 2014 and founded Combat Press along with two of his colleagues. In addition to covering mixed martial arts, Bryan also operated the Modified Mind body modification e-zine website for more than a decade.

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