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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Jennifer Maia puts 125 title on line vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz at Invicta FC 26 in December

Invicta FC will return in December, a week later than had been previously reported, and the flyweight title will be on the line in the main event.

Invicta FC 26 takes place Dec. 8 at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The card had been expected to take place Nov. 30 at Park Theater in Las Vegas. Instead, the card heads to a familiar venue for the promotion.

An Invicta FC official told MMAjunkie that while promotion President Shannon Knapp had applied for an appropriate license to hold the event in Las Vegas, Invicta FC never had formally announced the event for Nov. 30.

In the headliner, flyweight champion Jennifer Maia (14-4-1) will put her belt up for grabs against unbeaten challenger Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (10-0), the promotion announced on Wednesday. The card will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

Also on the card, Mizuki Inoue (12-4) returns to take on Janaisa Morandin (9-1) at strawweight, and Vanessa Porto (18-8) meets Jessica-Rose Clark (7-4) in a flyweight bout.

Brazil’s Maia won the interim flyweight title in March 2016 with a unanimous decision win over Porto. She was promoted to full champ later that year and defended the title with a split decision over Roxanne Modafferi in September 2016.

Niedzwiedz, from Poland, has wins in both her fights under the Invicta FC banner. In June 2016, she outpointed Christine Stanley in her promotional debut. And in May, at Invicta FC 23, she took a decision from Porto. Of her 10 career wins, seven have been by stoppage.

The Invicta FC 26 card includes: can be found below:

  • Champ Jennifer Maia vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz – for flyweight title
  • Mizuki Inoue vs. Janaisa Morandin
  • Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Vanessa Porto

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

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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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Invicta FC 25 live results: Raquel Pa'aluhi vs. Yana Kunitskaya

Invicta FC will crown a new champion tonight.

Raquel Pa’aluhi (6-5) takes on Yana Kunitskaya (9-3-1) for the vacant bantamweight title in the Invicta FC 25 main event, while Livia Renata Souza (10-1) takes on undefeated Janaisa Morandin (9-0) in the co-headliner.

Invicta FC 25 takes place tonight beginning at 9 p.m. ET at Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, Calif. The entire card will stream on UFC Fight Pass. You can follow along live here on MMAjunkie.

Below are up-to-the-minute Invicta FC 25 results:

  • Yana Kunitskaya vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi – for vacant bantamweight title
  • Janaisa Morandin vs. Livia Renata Souza
  • Alexa Conners vs. Katharina Lehner
  • Sharon Jacobson vs. Kali Robbins
  • Alyse Anderson vs. Shino VanHoose
  • Sarah Kleczka vs. Amberlynn Orr
  • Courtney King vs. Yaya Rincon
  • Tracy Cortez vs. Cheri Muraski
  • Jillian DeCoursey vs. Ashley Medina

For more on Invicta FC 25, visit the MMA Events section of the site.

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Invicta FC 25 weigh-in results

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Invicta FC will crown a new champion tomorrow night.

Raquel Pa’aluhi (6-5) takes on Yana Kunitskaya (9-3-1) for the vacant bantamweight title in the Invicta FC 25 main event, while Livia Renata Souza (10-1) takes on undefeated Janaisa Morandin (9-0) in the co-headliner.

Invicta FC 25 takes place Thursday at Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, Calif. The entire card will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Below are the complete Invicta FC 25 weigh-in results:

  • Yana Kunitskaya (134.5) vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi (133.8) – for vacant bantamweight title
  • Janaisa Morandin (115.3) vs. Livia Renata Souza (115.0)
  • Alexa Conners (136) vs. Katharina Lehner (140.5)
  • Sharon Jacobson (115.1) vs. Kali Robbins (117.3)
  • Alyse Anderson (104.9) vs. Shino VanHoose (105.7)
  • Sarah Kleczka (135) vs. Amberlynn Orr (135.7)
  • Courtney King (146) vs. Yaya Rincon (144.4)
  • Tracy Cortez (125.3) vs. Cheri Muraski (125.5)
  • Jillian DeCoursey (104.9) vs. Ashley Medina (105.9)

For more on Invicta FC 25, visit the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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