Emily Ducote (Kiara Kaiser/Combat Press)

Invicta FC 40 Results: Ducote Bests Lima, Zappitella Edges VanZandt

On Thursday, July 2, Invicta Fighting Championships returned with its 40th numbered event from Kansas City, Kan.

In the night’s main event, former straweight title challenger Emily Ducote clashed with UFC veteran Juliana Lima. Oklahoma’s Ducote scored a violent, first-round knockout of Janaisa Morandin in her Invicta debut, but fell short against Kanako Murata in her title conquest. Lima rejoined the Invicta roster in 2019 following a seven-fight stint with the UFC. The veteran was last in action during the inaugural Phoenix Series tournament, where she defeated Danielle Taylor, but lost to eventual tournament champion Brianna Van Buren in the semifinals.

The co-main event took place in the atomweight division as Alesha Zappitella faced Lindsey VanZandt.


The event aired live on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Emily Ducote def. Juliana Lima by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Alesha Zappitella def. Lindsey VanZandt by split decision (28-29, 29-27, 30-27)
Chelsea Chandler def. Liv Parker by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:05
Trisha Cicero def. Laura Gallardo by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Genia Goodin def. Shelby Koren by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)