Invicta FC 25 results: Yana Kunitskaya flawless vs. Raquel Pa'aluhi to win bantamweight title

Yana Kunitskaya is the Invicta FC bantamweight champion, and this time there is no question about it.

Kunitskaya (10-3-1), competing in her third consecutive title fight, firmly held Raquel Pa’aluhi (6-6) in check, en route to a clean sweep unanimous-decision win to claim the vacant 135-pound championship in the Invicta FC 25 headliner.

The event took place at Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, Calif., and streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

The title came up for grabs after previous champion Tonya Evinger left to challenge Cris Cyborg for the then-vacant UFC featherweight title at UFC 214, a bout won by Cyborg via TKO.

Kunitskaya had challenged Evinger twice before for the title, initially scoring a victory in their first bout, which was later overturned after Evinger appealed the result because of in-fight instructions from the referee leading to an armbar submission. There was no controversy in the rematch, however, as Evinger choked out Kunitskaya at Invicta FC 22 in March.

After all that, Kunitskaya lays claim to the gold after a dominant performance.

For 25 minutes, Kunitskaya dominated every time she engaged in the clinch with Pa’aluhi, using her position to wear her down and land shots from the inside. When they separated and banged, Kunitskaya won there, as well.

Pa’aluhi’s best chance to turn things around was to get the fight to the mat, though she couldn’t quite succeed. There was just one moment, near the end of the fourth round, that Pa’aluhi threw Kunitskaya to the ground and trapped her in a head-and-arm. She went for broke and squeezed tight, though the bell ended the action.

But overall, there simply was no question who the better fighter was on this night. Kunitskaya is the champion – finally.

Lehner calls her shot, finishes Conners by TKO

Katharina Lehner was specific in her prediction before facing Alexa Conners: “I will break her and win by TKO.”

Lehner was right on point.

Lehner (6-0) used high volume and a variety of punching combinations to wear down Conners (3-2) before landing a straight left hand to the temple that dropped her opponent, resulting in a TKO win 4:21 into the first round.

Aside from missing the 135-pound bantamweight limit, it was a tremendous Invicta FC debut to keep Lehner undefeated.

Robbins staves off early onslaught, earns quick submission win

Kali Robbins was in all sorts of trouble. And then suddenly it was over.

Robbins took a barrage of punches from Sharon Jacobson before she was hip-tossed to the mat. Once there Robbins (5-0) immediately went into jiu-jitsu mode, climbing her legs and grabbing a hold of an arm until she was belly down and submitted Jacobson (4-2) with an armbar just 42 seconds into the first round.

It was a remarkable turn of events that happened so fast.

“I’ve been waiting for this opportunity,” said Robbins, competing in her first fight in nearly 18 months. “Everything has been building up. I knew she was going to come at me. I was sincerely doubting myself before I came out here. This couldn’t have been better.”

The only damper to Robbins’ win was that she came in over the 115-pound strawweight limit, though she expressed sincere remorse afterward.

“I’ll come back better than this,” she said, “and I won’t ever do that to another opponent again.”

Complete Invicta FC 25 results:

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LFA 14 highlights: A dislocated arm and Colbey Northcutt's rough pro debut

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Two MMA newcomers kicked off Friday’s LFA 14 event, but the one who flew under the radar got the victory.

Featherweight Courtney King (1-0) spoiled the heavily marketed debut of Colbey Northcutt (0-1) – the older sister of UFC fighter Sage Northcutt – after getting the fight to the mat and forcing a stoppage via ground and pound.

Check out the highlights above.

LFA 14 took place at Arena Theatre in Houston, and the main card aired on AXS TV.

Also on the card, two inaugural champs were crowned. In the headliner, Eryk Anders (7-0) became the middleweight champ after a back-and-forth fight with Brendan Allen (7-2) that ended in a unanimous-decision victory. Additionally, Roberto Sanchez (7-0) became the flyweight titleholder after tapping out Jerome Rivera (7-1) in the third round.

Additionally, 19-year-old flyweight Maycee Barber (1-0) got her first pro win with a deep first-round armbar that forced Itzel Esquivel (2-1), who reportedly suffered a dislocated arm, to tap.

For more on LFA 14, including a full event recap, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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LFA 14 live and official results

LFA 14 takes place today at Arena Theatre in Houston, and you can join us for live and official results beginning at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT).

The main card streams live on AXS TV and features a pair of title fights.

In featherweight action, Colbey Northcutt (0-1) – who had brother and UFC fighter Sage Northcutt as a guest commentator during the bout – had a rough welcome to the pro ranks, where Courtney King (1-0) had the clear edge on the mat over the karate specialist and ultimately forced a stoppage via second-round ground and pound.

In the main-card opener, 19-year-old flyweight Maycee Barber (1-0) made a successful professional debut with a dominant win over Itzel Esquivel (2-1), which came via deep first-round armbar.

Official LFA 14 results included:

  • Brendan Allen vs. Eryk Anders – for inaugural middleweight title
  • Jerome Rivera vs. Roberto Sanchez – for inaugural flyweight title
  • Noel Ligon vs. Darryl Orr
  • David Acosta vs. Dulani Perry
  • Courtney King def. Colbey Northcutt via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:27
  • Maycee Barber def. Itzel Esquivel via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:52

For more on LFA 14, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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