Invicta FC 27 highlights: Check out this card-opening swarm of punches

Helen Peralta kicked off Saturday’s Invicta FC 27 event with a quick fight-ending flurry of punches.

In the UFC Fight Pass-streamed opener at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo., Peralta (1-0) began her pro run with a first-round TKO victory over strawweight Jade Ripley (0-1).

Check out the full card highlights above.

Also at Invicta FC 27, former Strikeforce champion and UFC vet Sarah Kaufman (19-4) picked up a decisive unanimous-decision victory over Pannie Kianzad (8-3) in a 136.7-pound catchweight headliner.

Additionally, in the co-main event, Vanessa Porto (20-8) made her case for a third flyweight title shot after tapping out Mariana Morais (12-7) with a rear-naked choke/face-crank.

For more on Invicta FC 27, including a full event recap, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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'Invicta FC 27: Kianzad vs. Kaufman' live results

Invicta FC 27 takes place tonight, and you can follow the live results with MMAjunkie.

The event kicks off at 8 p.m. ET from Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo., and streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

In the headliner, former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman (18-4) takes on ex-Cage Warriors titleholder Pannie Kianzad (8-2) in a bantamweight fight.

The 32-year-old Kaufman, a Canadaian fan favorite, returns to Invicta for the first time since 2013, when she defeated Leslie Smith in a “Fight of the Night” performance. Kianzad is fighting for the fourth time under the Invicta FC banner and looking to snap a two-fight losing streak after starting her career 8-0.

Complete Invicta FC 27 lineup and results:

  • Sarah Kaufman vs. Pannie Kianzad
  • Mariana Morais vs. Vanessa Porto
  • Sharon Jacobson vs. Ashley Nichols
  • Stephanie Alba vs. Ashley Cummins
  • Cheri Muraski vs. Brogan Walker
  • Akeela Al-Hameed vs. Felicia Spencer
  • Tiffany Masters vs. Mallory Martin
  • Loma Lookboonmee vs. Melissa Wang
  • Helen Peralta vs. Jade Ripley

For more on Invicta FC 27, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2599 with Shannon Knapp

Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp.

Knapp called in to preview Invicta FC 27, which takes place Saturday and streams on UFC Fight Pass. The hosts also discussed the latest MMA news.

You can stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Invicta FC's Shannon Knapp

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp.

Knapp discusses Saturday’s Invicta FC 27 event, which streams on UFC Fight Pass with a Pannie Kianzad vs. Sara Kaufman headliner.

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Sarah Kaufman predicts 18 months to be 'back in UFC and in title contention'

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LAS VEGAS – In December 2015 Sarah Kaufman dropped a split decision to former title challenger Valentina Shevchenko in the last fight of a UFC contract that wasn’t renewed. But if her prediction is right, that wasn’t the last we’ve seen of Kaufman in the octagon.

Kaufman headlines this month’s Invicta FC 27 event in what will be her first fight for the promotion in more than four years. A former Strikeforce champion who’s met the likes of ex-UFC champs Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, the 32-year-old vet had a bumpy 1-2 UFC stint (with one no-contest) before going into free agency.

Looking back Kaufman is aware she “didn’t show up” in the octagon and failed to bring the levels of excitement of her early career. But the Canadian bantamweight wants another chance to prove to others what she already knows: that she “absolutely, 100 percent” belongs in there.

“At this stage of my career, of course the UFC has the top talent,” Kaufman said this past weekend. “They have so many females to challenge yourself with every day that you get the opportunity to get in there. But I’m already at the stage of my career to fight for myself – to fight for just why I can be the best.

“I don’t care who I’m fighting as long as I perform at my abilities. And that is where the belt should be. And I know that probably 18 months from now, I’m definitely going to be back in the UFC and in title contention.”

Kaufman (18-4) is hoping her Jan. 13 meeting with Pannie Kianzad (8-2) at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo., is a first step in that direction. Invicta FC 27, including Kaufman’s pivotal main event, streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

Kaufmann, who had worked with Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp before, is certainly happy with the promotion and how it’s been treating her behind the scenes. But most of all, she’s happy to have a date, a willing opponent and the guarantee of a paycheck for it.

Sure, that sounds like the bare minimum. But it’s something Kaufman has learned to appreciate during her free agency.

“I’m not going to lie, it has not been great,” Kaufman said. “The fight in Korea, against (Jessica) Rose-Clark, who’s now in the UFC, was great. I mean, the opportunity to fight, the potential to get paid. But then we didn’t get paid. I still have not gotten paid.

“I talked to Jessie today when we were training, and she still hasn’t seen any money – not a penny. Out of pocket, for sure, for that fight.”

Kaufman beat Rose-Clark via unanimous decision when she competed for Battlefield FC in South Korea back in March. At the time, she and multiple fighters complained about not getting paid. But this wasn’t the only issue she faced in the past months.

“I had a couple other opportunities throughout the year, and they just kept falling through,” Kaufman said. “One fell through three days before. One fell through a couple of weeks before. And it’s definitely been very frustrating. Partially, I think, because of my skill level; there are not a lot of girls willing to step up and fight me.

“In the UFC, the big issue, I think, was there weren’t girls stepping up to fight me. I was clawing and scratching and trying to put my name out there for any opportunity. And my name never would come up because people would just say no to the fights.

“I think that’s also been part of the issue trying to find fights outside the UFC, is just girls say no when they hear ‘Sarah Kaufman.’”

If everything goes according to plan, though, things will start looking up for Kaufman early this year. And despite the rockiness of the past couple of years outside the octagon, Kaufman is optimistic about the scenario she would encounter should she return there.

“I actually feel like I have less of a chip on my shoulder,” Kaufman said. “I think, in the past, I was frustrated. When Ronda had the belt, I’d already fought Ronda (Kaufman lost via armbar in the first round of a 2012 Strikeforce headliner). So I feel like a lot of the opportunities weren’t there, because they were trying to get new people for Ronda. And then when Holly (Holm) won and then Miesha and now Amanda (Nunes) – I think it’s really opened up the landscape of 135.

“And the UFC needs bantamweights. They need exciting bantamweights. So my goal, Jan. 13, is to remind people that I am the exciting bantamweight that they need. I’m not just a bantamweight; I’m the exciting bantamweight.”

To hear from Kaufman, check out the video above.

And for more on Invicta FC 27, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Check out the Invicta FC 27 poster, featuring the returning Sarah Kaufman

Invicta FC kicks off its year with an intriguing women’s bantamweight headliner featuring former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman and Pannie Kianzad.

Invicta FC 27 takes place Jan. 13 at Kansas City Scottish Temple in Kansas City, Mo., and the card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Kaufman (18-4) returns to Invicta FC for the first time in nearly five years for the fight against Kianzad (8-2). She beat Leslie Smith at Invicta FC 5 in April 2013 before moving on the UFC for a four-fight stint.

The Canadian is coming off a unanimous-decision win over Jessica-Rose Clark at “BFC: The Great Beginning” in March. Kianzad, meanwhile, attempts to snap a two-fight skid in her first fight in a year.

Ahead of the event, the promotion has released the official poster, created by notable “BossLogic” (via Twitter):

The full Invicta FC 27 card includes:

  • Sarah Kaufman vs. Pannie Kianzad
  • Mariana Morais vs. Vanessa Porto
  • Sharon Jacobson vs. Ashley Nichols
  • Stephanie Alba vs. Ashley Cummins
  • Cheri Muraski vs. Brogan Walker
  • Akeela Al-Hameed vs. Felicia Spencer
  • Tiffany Masters vs. Mallory Martin
  • Loma Lookboonmee vs. Melissa Wang
  • Helen Peralta vs. Jade Ripley

For more on Invicta FC 27, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Sarah Kaufman vs. Pannie Kianzad headlines Invicta FC 27 on Jan. 13

The lineup is set for next month’s Invicta FC 27 event.

Officials today announced the nine-fight lineup, which streams on UFC Fight Pass on Jan. 13 from Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo.

In the headliner, former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman (18-4) takes on ex-Cage Warriors titleholder Pannie Kianzad (8-2) in a bantamweight fight.

Kaufman returns to Invicta for the first time since 2013, when she defeated Leslie Smith in a “Fight of the Night” performance. The 32-year-old Canadian fan favorite later signed with the UFC, where she went 1-2 (with one no-contest) before leaving the organization. In her most recent bout, Kaufman fought in South Korea and defeated current UFC fighter Jessica-Rose Clark at a Battlefield FC event.

She now meets Kianzad, who fights for the fourth time under the Invicta FC banner. She started her career 8-0 with an Invica FC-debut win over Clark before the 26-year-old Iranian-Swedish fighter suffered losses to then-champ Tonya Evinger (non-title bout) and Raquel Pa’aluhi in her two most recent bouts.

In Invicta FC 27’s co-headliner, flyweight contender Vanessa Porto (19-8), who recently scored a TKO victory over Milana Dudieva, meets Mariana Morais (12-5), who lost to Roxanne Modafferi in 2014 in her lone Invicta FC appearance.

The full Invicta FC 27 card includes:

For more on Invicta FC 27, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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