On the bright side, Raquel Pa'aluhi got her black belt after Invicta FC 25

Dann StuppRaquel Pa’aluhi came up short in Thursday’s Invicta FC 25 main event, but she left with a new belt.

It wasn’t the vacant Invicta FC bantamweight title – that went to her opponent, Yana Kunitskaya (10-3-1) – but Pa’aluhi (6-6) did receive her Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt from veteran trainer Robert Drysdale.

Still sporting the cuts and bruises from her title loss, Pa’aluhi had reason to smile after receiving her belt (via Twitter):

Kunitskaya earned a clean-sweep unanimous-decision win at the event, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass from Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, Calif.

For 25 minutes, Kunitskaya dominated every time she engaged in the clinch with Pa’aluhi while using her position to wear her down and land shots from the inside. When they separated and banged, Kunitskaya also won there. It was a dominant performance for Kunitskaya, who went 0-1 (with one no-contest) in a pair of title fights with Tonya Evinger, who eventually vacated the belt to sign with the UFC earlier this year.

Pa’aluhi, a 26-year-old Hawaiian, was on a 4-1 run heading into her first title fight. However, despite her ho-hum pro record, she’s faced many of the sport’s top female fighters, including current UFC champion Amanda Nunes, Olympic medalist Sara McMann, UFC contender Raquel Pennington, former Cage Warriors champ Pannie Kianzad and Invicta FC vet Ediane Gomes.

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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

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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)

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Watch 'Invicta FC 25: Road to Pa'aluhi vs. Kunitskaya' ahead of Thursday title fight

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Invicta FC will hit a new milestone on Thursday when it puts on its 25th show.

Invicta FC 25 takes place at Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, Calif. The card streams live on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, Raquel Pa’aluhi (6-5) will take on Yana Kunitskaya (9-3-1) for the now-vacant bantamweight title.

Tonya Evinger vacated the belt to move to the UFC to fight former Invicta FC featherweight champ Cris Cyborg for the UFC’s 145-pound title, necessitating the new title fight between Pa’aluhi and Kunitskaya.

Ahead of the main event, the promotion has put together a preview show in advance of the card. “Invicta FC 25: Road to Pa’aluhi vs Kunitskaya” premiered online Tuesday. The show, written and narrated by former UFC and Invicta FC fighter Julie Kedzie, who does analyst work for the promotion’s broadcasts, features Pa’aluhi and Kunitskaya behind the scenes before their fight.

Check out the video above.

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Championship doubleheader slated for Invicta FC 25 in California

Invicta FC is going to California and bringing a championship doubleheader event with it.

The promotion announced Monday that Invicta FC 25 will take place Aug. 31 at Tachi Palace in Lemoore, Calif., and atop the card, which will stream on UFC Fight Pass, is a pair fights for vacant title belts.

In the main event, Yana Kunitskaya and Raquel Pa’aluhi will face off for the bantamweight title recently vacated by longtime champion Tonya Evinger, who will compete later this month in a title fight at UFC 214. The co-headliner will feature Livia Renata Souza and Jodie Esquibel battling for the strawweight belt vacated by UFC fighter Angela Hill.

Kunitskaya (9-3-1) will enter after a pair of fights with Evinger. Kunitskaya originally defeated Evinger by submission in Nov. 2016 but later had the result overturned because of a controversial call by the referee. They rematched in March, with Evinger winning by second-round submission. Pa’aluhi (6-5) will enter having won four of her last five fights, including most recently a rear-naked choke finish in January at Invicta FC 21. She will enter trying to follow the footsteps of UFC champion Max Holloway to bring a second MMA title to Waianae, Hawaii.

Souza (10-1) will enter her bout against Esquibel (6-2) looking to reclaim the 115-pound title she lost in a split decision to Hill in May 2016. Souza rebounded with an impressive TKO finish of Ayaka Hamasaki in March at Invicta FC 22. Esquibel, who has won three of her last four, had her most recent fight on the same night, defeating DeAnna Bennett by split decision.

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Helena Kolesnyk vs. Pam Sorenson, Miranda Maverick vs. Gabby Romero added to Invicta FC 24

Two new matchups have been added to the Invicta FC 24 lineup, while another fight from the card has been shifted to a later date.

Invicta FC officials today announced that featherweight Helena Kolesnyk (5-0) will now face Pam Sorenson (5-2), while strawweights Miranda Maverick (2-0) vs. Gabby Romero (2-1) has also been added to the card.

Meanwhile, a bantamweight contest of Yana Kunitskaya (9-3) vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi (6-5) has been shifted to an as-yet-unannounced August card.

Invicta FC 24 takes place July 15 at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The entire card streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

Ukraine’s Kolesnyk receives her third different opponent for the contest, after previous opponents Megan Anderson and Tonya Evinger were each signed to the UFC. She now meets Sorenson, who has been involved in back-to-back split decisions under the Invicta FC banner – losing to Ediane Gomes and picking up a win over Jessica-Rose Clark.

The 19-year-old Maverick fights for the third time as a professional after picking up first-round submission wins in each of her first two appearances. She now meets Romero, who dropped her professional debut in 2015 but has fought twice in 2017, picking up submission wins in both appearances.

The Invicta FC 24 lineup now includes:

  • Milana Dudieva vs. Mara Romero Borella
  • Ashley Cummins vs. Jinh Yu Frey
  • Helena Kolesnyk vs. Pam Sorenson
  • Barbara Acioly vs. Karina Rodriguez
  • Miranda Maverick vs. Gabby Romero
  • Kelly D’Angelo vs. Sunna Rannveig Davidsdott
  • Amy Coleman vs. Felicia Spencer
  • Mallory Martin vs. Tiffany Masters

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