Tonight, Invicta FC will crown new strawweight champion in a highly-anticipated eight-women, one-night tournament.
On Friday night, we'll crown a new strawweight champion as eight fighters compete in the #PhoenixRising tournament. Here's an inside look at the first four combatants vying for Invicta gold: https://t.co/xu2WrIERgE pic.twitter.com/iw40ct5fwz
— Invicta FC (@InvictaFights) April 30, 2019
The premier WMMA organization announced the tournament a few months back. A plethora of talent– including up and comers and UFC veterans from all over the world are prepared to do battle.
When former strawweight champion Virna Jandiroba signed with the UFC and vacated the belt, Invicta upped the stakes even more and announced that the ‘Phoenix Rising’ winner will be crowned the new champion.
Yesterday, the fighters weighed in to make their bouts official. Former strawweight title challengers MIZUKI and Janaisa Morandin were pulled from the tournament as they failed to make weight.
Two reserve strawweight fighters filled in their spots– Amber Brown and Manjit Kolekar entered the bracket.
The quarterfinals will now take place as follows: Danielle Taylor vs. Juliana Lima, Kailin Curran vs. Sunna Davidsdottir, Manjit Kolekar vs. Brianna Van Buren, Amber Brown vs. Sharon Jacobson.
The card will also hold a reserve strawweight bout between Alyssa Krahn and Itzel Esquivel– these two fighters will be prepared to step in to the tournament should someone not be deemed fit to compete.
Also on the card is a strawweight co-main event between Kay Hansen and Magdalena Sormova.
1. The commission does not allow a fighter to fight than five rounds, or 25 minutes, of MMA in a single night. The quarterfinal bouts are one 5-minute round. The semifinal bouts are one 5-minute round. The final bout, to determine the champion, is three 5-minute rounds.
2. The fighter with the fastest finish during the quarterfinal round, earns the advantage of picking their opponent for the semifinal round.
3. After every fight, the fighter must pass a concussion test and a physical to be cleared to move on to the next round.
4. There must be a minimum of 30 minutes from when the fighter exits the cage until they can re-enter to fight again.
Laura Sanko will be making her play-by-play commentary debut on tonight’s broadcast!
Quarterfinal 1: Kailin Curran def. Sunna Davidsdottir via split-decision (10-9, 9-10, 10-9).
Quarterfinal 2: Juliana Lima def. Danielle Taylor via split-decision (9-10, 10-9, 10-9).
Quarterfinal 3: Brianna Van Burren def. Manjinet Kolekar via submission (arm bar).
Quarterfinal 4: Sharon Jacobson def. Amber Brown via unanimous decision (10-9 x3).
Reserve bout: Alyssa Krahn def. Itzel Esquivel via split-decision (9-10, 10-9, 10-9).
Since Brianna Van Burren scored the only quarterfinal round finish, she earned the right to pick her next opponent. Backstage with the other semifinalists and IFC President Shannon Knapp , Brianna Van Burren selects Juliana Lima as her opponent.
Semifinal 1: Brianna Van Burren def. Juliana Lima via unanimous decision (10-9 x3).
Semifinal 2: Kailin Curran def. Sharon Jacobson via unanimous decision (10-9 x3).
Co-main event: Magdalena Sormova def. Kay Hansen via split-decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).
Final Bout, for the Vacant Strawweight Championship: Brianna Van Burren def. Kailin Curran via second-round submission (rear naked choke).
And New…Brianna Van Burren is the new Invicta FC strawweight champion.
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