Invicta FC 14: Recap and Highlights
Invicta FC 14 went down Saturday night, live on UFC Fight Pass. And as always, the athletes delivered the action. Here are the three stars from the night.
In what many of the fans and MMA media were looking forward to the most, Rachael Ostovich took on Andrea Lee in what was being labeled the “peoples main event”. Both were coming in at 2-1 records and looked as being legit prospects for Invicta FC. However it was Lee who emerged the victor. “KGB” Lee used striking to bust and stagger Ostovich repeatedly in the first two rounds. To Rachael’s credit she hung tough, showing signs of life, landing a few combos and scoring a takedown herself. But at the end Lee showed the more well around game and locked in a triangle choke with seconds left in the last round. There is now even more growing buzz around Andrea Lee and what damage she can do in the flyweight division after her perfomance.
In what was maybe the best performance of her life, Roxanne Modafferi showed she still has a lot to offer the MMA world. For three rounds Roxanne dominated young Brazilian prospect Maiana Morais. Modafferi gained take downs and just overwhelmed Morais in every round, using a steady stream of ground and pound not letting her opponent to do much. Finally in the third round the ref had seen enough after a series of unanswered elbows and called it, giving Modaffferi a TKO win. The amount of love the crowd in Kansas City gave her was even more amazing, showing their appreciation for the 10 year vet and the effort she gave in the cage. Roxanne has won three out of her last four now, called out current Invicta FC Flyweight champ Barb Honchakin her post fight comments.
Tonya had a bit of trouble cutting weight prior to Invicta FC 14, but fight night it made no matter. She was to defend her newly won bantamweight title against Pannie Kianzad, but Pannie didn’t make weight. So the fight went on as a non-title bout and you could tell it made no difference to Evinger. Opening round she got the take down and smothered Kianzad. Pannie seemed to be a “deer looking into headlights” with no answers to Tonya’s hardcore style. The mauling continued in to the second round with Kiazad going down from a punch and Evinger swarming in. More ground & pound and Pannie not defending herself, the ref called an end to the bout and the beating Tonya was handing out. The win gives her now eight straight, with the question who could challenge her at 135. That question may be answered later, because the buzz at the post fight press conference was she would face reigning Invicta FC Featherweight champ Cris “ Cyborg” Justtino in a catch-weight fight at 140lb in November at Invicta FC 15.