Invicta 4 didn’t go off without a hitch. Problems with the PPV stream forced the promoters to refund all the buys and offer the card for free on demand. And in terms of excitment, this wasn’t as good a card as previous offering but it was not bad by any stretch. The women gave it their all as usual and so nothing fell completely flat.
It was announced that Invicta 4 will take place in April and will feature two title fights and the promotional debut of #2 ranked former Strikeforce bantamweight champion, Sarah Kaufman. In the first title bout, Invicta will crown its first flyweight champion as #6 Vanessa Porto takes on #4 Barb “Little Warrior” Honchak. And in the second title fight, Invicta Atomweight champion #1 Jessica Penne will defend her crown for the first time versus a yet to be named challenger.
The main event was for the vacant Invicta Strawweight championship which saw #4 ranked Carla Esparza control the action for five rounds against Australian Bec Hyatt who took this fight on short notice. Esparza had no issue taking Hyatt down on numerous occasions and utilized superior grappling to overwhelm Hyatt. Hyatt, to her credit, would not go away quietly and attempted to defend on the feet and on the ground but the skill gap was evident from the outset.
In the end, Esparza showed that she possessed the better game. While she walks away with the belt, it didn’t appear she was especially challenged. Hopefully, Invicta can find a more suitable opponent for Esparza’s first title defense.
In the co-main event, #3 ranked bantamweight Alexis “Ally-Gator” Davis avenged an earlier loss to #6 Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Bayzler. Davis spent the first two rounds fending off with a variety of ground skills and submissions, almost locking on several but Bayzler refusing to give up. Bayzlor actually had top position for a significant portion of the rounds but Davis utilzed a very active guard to keep Baylzer guessing.
The third round had the two ladies engaging in a stand-up chess match until a punch had Davis’ nose leaking profusely. A straight left and a slip put Bayzler on her back and the ensuing scramble allowed Davis to lock in the rear-naked choke. Bayzler refused to tap however and went unconscious before the ref pulled Davis off awarding her the technical submission victory. For their efforts, the ladies took home the Fight of the Night bonus.
Leslie Smith def. Raquel Pennington via unanimous decision (29-28×3)
Sarah D’Alelio def. Amanda Nunes via unanimous decision (30-26×3)
Ediane Gomes def. Hiroko Yamanaka via unanimous decision (29-28×2, 30-27)
Joanne Calderwood def. Livia Von Plettenberg via unanimous decision (30-27×2, 30-26)
Cassie Rodish def. Stephanie Frausto via technical knockout at 1:04 of round 3
Tamikka Brents def. Amanda Bell via Unanimous Decision (29-28×3)
Jodie Esquibel def. Liz McCarthy via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Rose Namajunas def. Emily Kagan via submission at 3:44 of round 3 (rear naked choke) – Submission of the night
Tecia Torres defeats Paige VanZant via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Veronica Rothenhausler def. Katalina Malungahu via knockout at 1:12 of round 1 (strikes) – KO of the Night
Laura Marcusse-Sanko def. Cassie Robb via submission at 1:07 of round 2 (rear naked choke)