On Friday, Feb. 15, Invicta Fighting Championships hosted its 34th event from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan..
In the night’s main event, Brazilian Vanessa Porto got her third shot at Invicta gold as she clashed with UFC castoff Pearl Gonzalez for the vacant 125-pound strap. Porto was riding the momentum of back-to-back wins, having stopped Milana Dudieva and submitted Mariana Morais. The Chicago native Gonzalez had reeled off three straight wins since joining the Invicta roster, defeating Kali Robbins at strawweight, before moving up to 125 pounds to submit Bárbara Acioly and edge Daiane Firmino on the scorecards.
Also on the card, a four-woman flyweight tournament kicked off to determine the next No. 1 contender. On one side of the bracket, UFC veteran Milana Dudieva took on Mexico’s Karina Rodriguez. In the other half of the ladder, UFC veteran and former Invicta FC strawweight title challenger DeAnna Bennett met Missouri’s Miranda Maverick. The two winners will meet later this year for a shot at Invicta gold. A bout between Tracy Cortez and Erin Blanchfield served as the tournament’s reserve match-up.
The entire fight card streamed live on UFC Fight Pass at 8 p.m. ET, with the first three bouts being simulcast free on the promotion’s Facebook page.
Vanessa Porto def. Pearl Gonzalez by technical decision (40-36, 39-37, 39-37). Round 4, 2:34 – for flyweight title
Karina Rodriguez def. Milana Dudieva by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) – flyweight tournament semifinal
DeAnna Bennett def. Miranda Maverick by unanimous decision (29-28 x3) – flyweight tournament semifinal
Tracy Cortez def. Erin Blanchfield by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) – flyweight tournament reserve bout
Victoria Leonardo def. Jamie Milanowski by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:45
Courtney King def. Holli Logan by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 4:46
Caitlin Sammons def. Christina Ricker by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 3:02
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