On Saturday, Nov. 1, Invicta Fighting Championships hosted Invicta FC 9: Honchak vs. Hashi from the RiverCenter in Davenport, Iowa.
In the night’s main event, Invicta flyweight champion Barb Honchak looked to make the second defense of her 125-pound title as she squared off with Japan’s Takayo Hashi.
Honchak captured Invicta gold at Invicta FC 5 in April 2013 by dominating Brazil’s Vanessa Porto. The 35-year-old extended her current winning streak to eight with a one-sided performance against current UFC fighter Leslie Smith in December. The win marked Honchak’s fourth victory under the Invicta banner. In addition to her wins over Porto and Smith, Honchak also holds notable victories over The Ultimate Fighter 20 cast members Aisling Daly and Felice Herrig.
Hashi, a former Strikeforce title challenger, was making her Invicta FC debut. The 36-year-old was unbeaten in her last three fights, topping veterans Roxanne Modafferi and Shizuka Sugiyama along the way. Hashi previously competed at bantamweight and has faced notables Cat Zingano, Tara LaRosa and Sarah Kaufman. Hashi had gone five rounds twice in her 20-fight career and had appeared under the Smackgirl, Jewels and Deep Jewels banners in a career that spans an entire decade.
The night’s co-main event featured the Invicta return of Japanese strawweight Mizuki Inoue, who welcomed unbeaten Polish fighter Karolina Kowalkiewicz to the Invicta cage. The 20-year-old Inoue bested TUF 20 cast member Bec Rawlings at IFC 6 last July and most recently submitted Emi Tomimatsu under the Jewels banner in August. Kowalkiewicz took her record to 5-0 in May, submitting Invicta veteran Jasminka Cive in the first round at KSW 27.
The nine-fight event streamed live via UFC Fight Pass beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday.
A live video stream of the event’s post-fight press conference appears above (courtesy of Invicta FC).
Invicta FC 9 Fight Card
Barb Honchak vs. Takayo Hashi – for flyweight title
Mizuki Inoue vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Kaitlin Young vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi
Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc vs. Jodie Esquibel
Amber Brown vs. Liz McCarthy
Amanda Bell vs. Maria Hougaard-Djursaa
Shannon Sinn vs. Andrea K. Lee
Jenny Liou Shriver vs. Jamie Moyle
Kelly McGill vs. Maegan Goodwin
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