Invicta FC 2 Recap: McMann Victorious in Instant Classic, Davis Crushes Akano

Invicta FC returned to action for their second foray into MMA and the all women’s card did not disappoint. With Mauro Ranallo, Julie Kedzie, and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal on the call, the card overcame server issues to deliver great action.

In the main event, 2004 Olympic silver medalist won a razor thing decision over Shayna Baszler in an amazing fight. In the co-main event, Alexis Davis impressed with an absolutely dominating performance over Hitomi Akano.

McMann and Baszler put on Instant Classic

It was the crafty veteran, Shayna Baszler, versus the young, and extremely talented prospect Sara McMann. The 2004 Olympic silver medalist showed her progression as a fighter and improving striking game against Baszler and it was enough to give her the victory. Baszler nearly stole the fight in the final seconds with a nasty hook that stunned McMann but McMann managed to hang on to win a “Fight of the Year” candidate.

McMann will now fight for the first ever Invicta FC bantamweight title .

Davis Dominates Akano

Alexis Davis bounced back from a narrow loss to Sarah Kaufman at “Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey” to crush her opponent, Hitomi Akano, in all facets of the game. After a nasty strike staggered Akano, Davis quickly pounced and secured a fight ending rear-naked choke after a brief struggle.

Carmouche Bounces Back to Finish Young

After being edged out in the striking game in round one, Liz Carmouche used beautiful form to scoop Kaitlin Young with a double and slam her to the floor. Young scrambled well but Carmouche did a great job of keeping top position and took Young’s back. Carmouche then locked in a strong rear naked choke that forced her opponent to submit in the second round.

Hamasaki Impresses Against Schuckman

Ayaka Hamasaki was extremely impressive against Lacey Schuckman. Hamasaki showed a well-rounded attack that was rooted in dominant grappling. While Schuckman showed heart, Hamasaki’s combination of an armbar attempt and strikes forced her to pick her poison, leading to her tapping out via armbar.

Nunes Puts Pa’Aluhi to Sleep

Strikeforce veteran Amanda Nunes wasted no time in bringing the fight to Raquel Pa’Aluhi. Nunes was on the offensive the entire time and eventually put the EliteXC veteran to sleep in the first round.

D’Alielo Submits Porto in a Fantastic Fight

When people think of a back and forth battle, these two ladies should come to mind after their fight tonight. Vanessa Porto came out guns-blazing against Sarah D’Alielo and appeared to have her reeling early. D’Alielo bounced back after Porto missed a submission, and ended up taking Porto’s back while working for an armbar. D’Alielo then transitioned to a reverse triangle that forced Porto to relent.

Honchak Steamrolls Marshall

Barb Honchak showed a tremendous amount of talent and skill when she faced off with Bethany Marshall. Marshall showed heart, and promise early in the fight, but Honchak’s blend of skill and aggressiveness simply overwhelmed the young fighter.

Julia Budd Dominant in Victory

Julia Budd was dominant in her return to action since succumbing to a Ronda Rousey armbar at Strikeforce 20. Budd took Elina Nilsson down with a beautiful double leg takedown that was the beginning of the end. While Nilsson fought valiantly, Budd was relentless and kept attacking until she was able to gain mount. Once in mount, Budd unleashed a torrent of elbows that forced the referee to step in at the 3:48 mark.

MAIN CARD

  • Sara McMann def. Shayna Baszler via unanimous decision (29-28,30-27,29-28)
  • Alexis Davis def. Hitomi Akano via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:41 of Round 2
  • Liz Carmouche def. Kaitlin Young via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:34 of Round 2
  • Ayaka Hamasaki def. Lacey Schuckman via submission (armbar) at 4:45 of Round 3
  • Amanda Nunes def. Raquel Pa’aluhi via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:24 of Round 1
  • Sarah D’Alelio def. Vanessa Porto via submission (reverse triangle) at 3:16 of Round 1
  • Barb Honchak def. Bethany Marshall via TKO (strikes) at 1:22 of Round 2
  • Julia Budd def. Elina Nilsson via TKO (elbows) at 3:49 of Round 1
  • Carla Esparza def. Sarah Schneider via TKO (strikes) at 4:28 of Round 2

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc def. Angelica Chavez via unanimous decision (30-27,29-28,29-28)
  • Raquel Pennington def. Sarah Moras via unanimous decision (30-27,29-28,29-28)
  • Jessamyn Duke def. Suzie Montero via TKO (strikes) at 2:23 of Round 3
  • Jocelyn Lybarger def. Cheryl Chan via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
  • Liz McCarthy def. Jessica Philippus via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 1

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