Video: Did you see this dislocated elbow at Invicta FC 26?

Dann StuppAmber Brown ender her three-fight skid – and did so with a clearly painful submission.

At Friday’s Invicta FC 26 event, former atomweight title challenger Brown (7-4) stopped Tessa Simpson (5-3) with a 50-second armbar. However, once Brown got the tap and untangled herself from her opponent, we saw the nasty aftermath of the submission (via Twitter):

The end of the 106.3-pound catchweight fight (Brown missed weight for the strawweight encounter), which streamed on UFC Fight Pass from Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo., caught the attention of cageside commentators Julie Kedzie and T.J. De Santis, who noticed Simpson’s mangled left arm.

“Tessa had a beautiful sweep over the top, but Amber Brown was able to secure her legs up around the top, grab for that armbar, and just rip it out – dislocating the elbow, if I’m not mistaken,” Kedzie said in a voiceover for the event’s video highlights. “She had to pop it back in right in there.”

Here’s that video (via YouTube):

There wasn’t any immediate word on Simpson’s condition after the event, though we’re wishing “The Typhoon” the best.

For more on Invicta FC 26, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Video: Watch a Mackenzie Dern get the tap in her Invicta FC debut

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Dann StuppMackenzie Dern made a successful Invicta FC debut – and showed off some improved striking – in Friday’s Invicta FC 26 co-headliner.

Dern (5-0), a 24-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and world-champion grappler, continued an undefeated start to her MMA career with a third-round submission victory over Kaline Medeiros (8-6).

The fight, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass from Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo., expectedly featured some grappling, but Dern, an LFA vet who turned pro just 16 months ago, also displayed some much-improved striking.

Check out the highlights above as Dern uses some early striking, inlacing some overhand rights and knees, to eventually set up the fight-ending armbar.

Also on the card, flyweight champion Jennifer Maia (15-4-1) defended her title with a rather lopsided unanimous-decision victory over game challenger Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (10-1) in the headliner.

It marked the 29-year-old Brazilian’s second title defense and pushed her winning streak to six.

Check out the highlights from the full eight-bout card above.

And for more on Invicta FC 26, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Invicta FC 26 results: Mackenzie Dern shows improved striking en route to submission win

If Mackenzie Dern had any jitters ahead of her Invicta FC debut, it didn’t show in her handling of seasoned opponent Kaline Medeiros.

While it was her well known jiu-jitsu that ultimately sealed the deal in the Invicta FC 26 co-headliner, Dern (5-0) showed she wasn’t afraid to keep the fight standing. It wasn’t flawless, as Dern herself admitted, but the strides made by the undefeated prospect in her striking were once again on display as she pushed around Medeiros (8-6) at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo.

After rocking Medeiros a couple of times, Dern found the fight-ending armbar in the third round of the strawweight bout, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass. It was the third submission win of the jiu-jitsu expert’s rapidly rising pro career. In October, Dern choked out Mandy Polk at LFA 24 after rocking her with strikes.

Dern and Medeiros didn’t waste much time studying each other, engaging in some striking early in Round 1. Dern threw low kicks and haymakers with gusto, while Medeiros, more tentative, mostly avoided the strikes and picked her shots. Medeiros slammed Dern’s back to the ground but didn’t seem particularly interested in following Dern.

After the first half of the frame, Dern landed a strong punch that had Medeiros clearly disoriented. A high kick by Dern also made its way to a slightly disgruntled Medeiros later in the round.

Dern remained aggressive early in Round 2, but that also exposed her to some counters. Overall, the second frame involved more clinch work. After controlling Dern against the cage, Medeiros faced a dilemma: She got the takedown, but that led to her being on the ground with Dern. The grappling expert landed in an unfavorable position but was quick to make the necessary adjustments. Dern’s chase for Medeiros’ leg didn’t pan out, but things didn’t get much better for Medeiros after that as Dern was soon in full mount, raining down the punishment. By the final seconds, Medeiros was turtled up, barely defending herself.

Dern landed yet another solid punch to start Round 3, but Medeiros was able to annul her offense as she pressed Dern against the cage. Dern didn’t surrender looking for takedowns but couldn’t succeed. As the two broke up, Medeiros got a solid punch in, but nothing that deterred Dern. Once again, the fighters were pressed against the cage, though this time Medeiros was unable to resist the takedown. Dern almost was immediately in full mount, while Medeiros desperately held on to her head. Dern moved quickly, grabbing ahold of Medeiros’ arm to lock in the finish.

After tapping at the 4:45 mark of Round 3, Medeiros is on a two-fight skid that includes a decision loss to ex-champ Angela Hill.

Official Invicta FC 26 results include:

  • Champ Jennifer Maia vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz – for flyweight title
  • Mackenzie Dern def. Kaline Medeiros via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 4:45
  • Janaisa Morandin def. Kinberly Novaes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 and 30-27)
  • Vanessa Porto def. Milana Dudieva via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 3:02
  • Virna Jandiroba def. Amy Montenegro via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:50
  • Amber Brown def. Tessa Simpson via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 0:50
  • Karina Rodriguez def. Christine Ferea via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Kay Hansen def.  Emilee Prince via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:23

For more on Invicta FC 26, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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'Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz' live results

“Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz” takes place today, and you can join us for live results beginning at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).

The event takes place tonight at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo., and the entire card streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, flyweight champion Jennifer Maia (14-4-1) puts her belt on the line against Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (10-0). In the co-headliner, jiu-jitsu ace Mackenzie Dern (4-0) makes her promotional debut and takes on former strawweight title challenger Kaline Medeiros (8-5) in a 115-pound bout.

Official Invicta FC 26 results include:

  • Champ Jennifer Maia vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz – for flyweight title
  • Mackenzie Dern vs. Kaline Medeiros
  • Janaisa Morandin vs. Kinberly Novaes
  • Milana Dudieva vs. Vanessa Porto
  • Virna Jandiroba vs. Amy Montenegro
  • Amber Brown def. Tessa Simpson via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 0:50
  • Karina Rodriguez def. Christine Ferea via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Kay Hansen def.  Emilee Prince via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:23

For more on Invicta FC 26, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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These throwback-style school portraits of Invicta FC 26 fighters are just excellent

Did you like picture day at school as a kid? I’m thinking somebody over at Invicta FC did.

Because somebody with the promotion had to come up with the idea of taking these school portrait-style photos of Invicta FC 26 fighters that look straight out of the 1980s, and the results are just fabulous – especially Tessa Simpson’s portrait with a cat!

Veteran MMA photographer Cynthia Vance brought it.

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Invicta FC 26 takes place tonight at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo., and the entire event streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

For more on Invicta FC 26, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Unbeaten Agnieszka Niedzwiedz not afraid to lose – but isn't about to start at Invicta FC 26

A belt? Yeah, that’s great. But it’s not the most important part of what Agnieszka Niedzwiedz is trying to accomplish Friday.

Niedzwiedz (10-0) headlines Invicta FC 26 looking to dethrone flyweight champ Jennifer Maia (14-4-1), which means that, at 22, the Polish challenger has a chance to add a gold ribbon to what has so far been a strictly victorious career.

That conquest, of course, excites her, but for reasons beyond the shiny object she’ll get to show for it.

“The most important for me is knowing that Maia is, right now, the No.1 in our division,” Niedzwiedz told MMAjunkie ahead of the bout, which airs on UFC Fight Pass from Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. “I know when I beat her, I’ll be the best in the world. This is more important for me than the belt. The belt is a great thing, but it’s only extra.”

If you want to raise your profile in the U.S., beating a more experienced
champ in a headlining bout is one way to do it. Doing it after winning yet another headliner, against yet another ex-title-challenger and seasoned vet in Vanessa Porto, is even better.

But while she understands the big step a title win would be in terms of a popularity boost, getting her name out there isn’t really what Niedzwiedz has set out to do.

“People in Poland don’t know who I am,” Niedzwiedz said with a laugh. “For sure, in the world I’m more popular than in Poland. But I don’t care. I’m not doing this, because I want to have a lot of fans and stuff like that.”

The private jets and high-profile TV spots that seem to be the perks of a champion’s life for some, that certainly doesn’t seem to be the case for Niedzwiedz.

“Right now I’m happy that I’m not so popular, because I can have a normal life,” Niedzwiedz said. “I don’t like this media stuff and whole part of MMA. So I’m happy that I can be with my family in peace.”

That family includes a two-year old son who Niedzwiedz will unequivocally tell you is her main priority, so much so that joining the season of “The Ultimate Fighter” that crowned the UFC’s inaugural 125-pound champion in Nicco Montano never was even a thought.

Recognition in MMA, Niedzwiedz understands, will come with time. Besides, she might as well enjoy it now. If her lofty goals come to fruition, the days of laying low are numbered.

“For sure I want to have the UFC belt,” Niedzwiedz said. “It’s the biggest goal in MMA. So it’s my goal.”

‘I’m not afraid to lose’

Being the UFC’s 125-pound champion is an objective, however, that Niedzwiedz is putting on the backburner for now. With her focus geared entirely toward Maia, the flyweight knows that whether she wins or loses will be the difference between post-fight plans A and B.

And she’s not stressing over either of them.

Winning, though, is the plan – and it’s one that Maia has been able to execute so far. After her professional debut in 2012, when Niedzwiedz was only 17, she went on a tear in the European scene. By the time of her U.S. debut, at Invicta FC 18, she’d finished all but one of her fights.

As many fighters will tell you, there are valuable lessons to be taken from setbacks. Niedzwiedz, of course, hasn’t had any of those in MMA. But that’s one of the aspects in which a decade-long career in another combat sport comes in handy.

“I’m not afraid to lose,” Niedzwiedz said. “I lost many, many times in judo. My family, my friends and my trainer, they don’t give me that added pressure that, ‘You have to win, you have to win.’

“I’m going to fight, and I know that either I win or lose, I must come home to my family. I know they love me no matter what.”

To which she promptly added, with a laugh.

“For sure, it won’t be in this fight with Maia,” Niedzwiedz said. “Because I want to win this fight really bad. So it’s not yet.”

Of course, coping with adversity is not all her athletic background was helpful in. If it hadn’t been for the fact that she’d been involved in judo since she was 7, it’s unlikely that Niedzwiedz would have been given the suggestion to try MMA in what was only her third jiu-jitsu session.

And even more unlikely that merely a month later, having just picked up on the basics of striking, she’d be doing her debut.

“I took that fight, and it felt really cool for me,” Niedzwiedz said matter of factly. “And I don’t know. I took another fight, another and another.”

Ultimately, the adrenaline appealed to her. That and, Niedzwiedz calmly adds, the fact that she “can punch and the blood is coming.” One thing led to the other and here she is, in her early twenties, taking the steps toward achieving her ultimate goal of being a UFC champion.

The next step, of course, is Maia. And beating her will mean accomplishing something that five other women, over a three-year period, weren’t able to do.

As she heads into yet another 25-minute bout, Niedzwiedz welcomes the thought of meeting an opponent with reliable cardio. After all, Maia did recently go five rounds with both “The Ultimate Fighter 26” semifinalist Roxanne Modafferi and fellow countrywoman Porto.

But knowing that she’ll have a game opponent should it come down to the championship rounds doesn’t mean Niedzwiedz is planning on using them.

“My gameplan is simple: I want to finish the fight before the time,” Niedzwiedz said. “In the second round, maximum.”

For more on Invicta FC 26, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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With Mizuki Inoue injured, Invicta FC 26 gets new co-headliner as card finalized

With a few late changes, the official fight card is finalized for Invicta FC 26.

The event takes place Dec. 8 at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo., and the entire event streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

Officials announced on Monday that Japanese strawweight Mizuki Inoue (12-4) has been forced off the card for undisclosed reasons. As a result, Kinberly Novaes (9-3) has stepped in as a replacement and now fights Janaisa Morandin (9-1).

However, due to the change, the bout has been moved down the fight card and will no longer co-headline. Instead, a recently announced fight between top prospect Mackenzie Dern (4-0), a jiu-jitsu specialist with a large fan following, and former title challenger Kaline Medeiros (8-5) has been elevated to co-main-event status.

Additionally, a fight between Invicta FC newcomers and first-time pros Kay Hansen (0-0) and Emilee Prince (0-0), who meet at strawweight, has been added to the card and kicks off the event.

The full Invicta FC 26 lineup includes:

  • Champ Jennifer Maia vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz – for flyweight title
  • Mackenzie Dern vs. Kaline Medeiros
  • Janaisa Morandin vs. Kinberly Novaes
  • Milana Dudieva vs. Vanessa Porto
  • Virna Jandiroba vs. Amy Montenegro
  • Amber Brown vs. Tessa Simpson
  • Christine Ferea vs. Karina Rodriguez
  • Kay Hansen vs. Emilee Prince

For more on Invicta FC 26, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Mackenzie Dern signs with Invicta FC, meets Kaline Medeiros in Kansas City

Mackenzie Dern is heading to Invicta FC with an eye on staying unbeaten in her pro career.

Dern (4-0) will fight former title challenger Kaline Medeiros (8-5) at Invicta FC 26 next month. UFC officials announced the flyweight booking today after Dern announced her signing with the promotion on The MMA Hour.

Invicta FC 26 takes place Dec. 8 at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The event will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

Renowned jiu-jitsu practitioner Dern is only a little more than a year into her pro MMA career. A month ago, she moved to 4-0 with a first-round submission of Mandy Polk at LFA 24. In March, she took a unanimous decision from Katherine Roy at LFA 6. In 2016, she won her first two pro bouts under the Legacy FC banner before that promotion merged with RFA.

Kaline Medeiros

Medeiros is coming off a decision loss to Angela Hill a year ago at Invicta FC 20 in a strawweight title bout. Hill went on to vacate her title to re-sign with the UFC. Prior to that, she had a five-fight winning streak, including a submission at Bellator 140 and two wins for Invicta FC.

The Invicta FC 26 card now includes:

  • Champ Jennifer Maia vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz – for flyweight title
  • Mizuki Inoue vs. Janaisa Morandin
  • Milana Dudieva vs. Vanessa Porto
  • Virna Jandiroba vs. Amy Montenegro
  • Amber Brown vs. Tessa Simpson
  • Christine Ferea vs. Karina Rodriguez
  • Mackenzie Dern vs. Kaline Medeiros

For more on Invicta FC 26, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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