According to a Nov. 1 report from MMA Junkie, the results are in from the preliminary card of Invicta FC 9, an all-female MMA extravaganza that emanated from Iowa’s RiverCenter on the evening of Nov. 1. The event, which featured a headliner of Barb Honchak against Takayo Hashi, was the first time Invicta FC held an event outside Kansas City.
After a long layoff of 10 months between Dec. of 2013 and September of this year, Invicta Fighting Championships has now completed two events in a span of just 60 days. It appears the promotion has finally sorted out its biggest trouble — finding a broadcast partner. For what seemed like an eternity, Invicta FC was shopping around to find the perfect television deal, with rumors flying that Shannon Knapp would sign for a deal with AXS or Showtime.
Finally, Knapp honed in on UFC Fight Pass, and a deal was made in early-2014. Invicta FC events will air on UFC Fight Pass for several years to come, which is good news for fans of women’s MMA. Now that Invicta FC has a broadcast partner secured, the promotion should be able to run events more often than they used to. That means more money and better opportunities for the female fighters, many of whom were left in the dark during the entire process of securing a broadcast partner.
Things are all good now in Invicta FC land. Fans are getting to see their favorite fighters in action, and the athletes are kept more active than ever before. It’s a win-win for all parties involved.
Invicta FC 9 picked up right where the promotion’s last card left off, a high-level showcase of how far women’s MMA has come over the past few years. Opening the Invicta FC 9 preliminary card, Maegan Goodwin (0-0) made her promotional debut against fellow newcomer Kelly McGill (1-0), and it was an absolute barn-burner.
Goodwin opened with a front kick and stiff jab, but McGill wasn’t phased. She stayed out of Goodwin’s range through much of the opening two minutes, feeling her opponent out. In the third minute, the ladies clinched up and McGill got the better of the action. She had Goodwin pressed up against the cage with about two minutes left in the opening round.
McGill threw a spinning back kick as time wound down in the opening frame, but the first round could have been decided either way. The second round was more of the same from the ladies, with the opening minute serving as a bit of a feeling out process.
Neither fighter threw a takedown in the first seven minutes of the fight. Both ladies were poised to keep it standing and make it a crowd-pleasing slugfest. Heading into the third round, it was anyone’s fight. Goodwin knew she was behind on the judge’s scorecards, so she came out swinging.
Unfortunately for her, she landed on her back during a takedown attempt. McGill bloodied her up with some ground-and-pound. She earned the victory via decision. Next up on the historic Invicta FC 9 card, Jenny Liou Shriver (2-0) fought Jamie Moyle (0-0) in another battle between promotional newcomers.
Elsewhere, hard-hitting knockout artist Andrea Lee (1-0) collided with Shannon Sinn (1-1), in a fight with serious title implications. In other action, Amanda Bell — fresh off an upset victory over Marina Shafir — faced Maria Hougaard Djursaa at featherweight.
The Invicta FC 9 main card was ravaged by injuries and other issues, as Former Jewels lightweight champ Ayaka Hamasaki had her fight scrapped, as her opponent, Brazilian submission ace Herica Tiburcio, had trouble getting her visa to clear. Also, Cindy Dandois was forced off the main card due to visa issues.
Her scheduled opponent, Kaitlin Young, will instead fight Hawaii’s Raquel Pa’aluhi at 145 pounds. Nevertheless, Invicta FC 9 went on as planned with a main card that featured strawweight phenom Mizuki Inoue in the co-main, along with appearances by atomweight standouts Liz McCarthy, Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc, Jodie Esquibel and Amber Brown.
Invicta FC 9 aired live on UFC Fight Pass. Honchak and Hashi both made weight for their flyweight title fight. The main event featured a pair of high-level submission artists, but Honchak is perhaps the greatest all-around athlete on the card.