#InvictaFC27 Live Results: Kaufman vs Kianzad

Tonight, Invicta FC 27 takes over the  Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri, as former Strikeforce champion and UFC contender Sarah Kaufman returns to action and attmepts to make a statement against Invicta vet Pannie Kianzaid in an exciting bantamweight clash. The undercard features a plethora of top contenders across different weight divisions that leave this card a must-watch. The card begins at 8 p.m. and the entire card can be streamed on UFC Fight Pass. Follow along as we bring you live updates for each fight!

After being appointed to the Invicta FC athlete development team, UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will be cageside. UFC bantamweight and Invicta FC veteran Leslie Smith will be in charge of post-fight interviews.

(Strawweight) Helen Peralta def. Jade Ripley via first round TKO (punches)

Both fighters are making thier pro debuts. Ripley threw really wide shots but the crisp striking of Peralta tagged Ripley early. Almost halfway through the round they clinched and Peralta landed a strong right hook that buckled the knees of Ripley. She swarmed against Ripley against the fence and unloaded with hard rights and lefts to the body and face. Referee Mike England saw enough and called the bout!


(Atomweight) Loma Lookboonme def. Melissa Wang via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-26)

Another fight where both fighters are making thier pro MMA debuts. Wang is a gritty wrestler training out of AKA and Lookboonme is a Muay Thai master training out of Tiger Muay Thai in Thailand. Great first round– Lookboonme is getting out of the way of most of Wang’s shots but Melissa continues to push forward. Beautiful work in the clinch by Loma, utilizing trips and knees to fluster Wang. With about 1:30 left on the clock, Lookboonme jumped on the back of Wang and threatened with a tight RNC. Great defense by Wang though who survived and reversed position to end the round. Loma works her striking in the second round but Wang hangs tough. Halfway through the round, the referee steps in between the fighters– he gives Lookboonme a warning for an illegal knee (landed to the neck of downed opponent).  Wang is as tough as they come– she’s ate some absolutley nasty knees and elbows in the clinch but kept coming forward. Lookboonme continued her momentum in the third round. With 1:48 left in the round, referree Greg Franklin steps in between the fighters. He deducted a point from Lookboonme for a knee to a downed opponent– she whipped Wang down to her knees with the clinch and threw a knee that grazed the head. The fight ends with both fighters against the cage.


(Strawweight) Mallory Martin def. Tiffany Masters second round TKO (ground and pound punches)

Masters appeared on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, falling to Jamie Collleen via second round armbar submission. The first round saw both fighters content to brawl. Towards the end of the first round Martin floored Masters with a double leg and closed the round with some solid ground and pound. Mallory dominates the second round, she takes Masters down and rains down shots on a bloodied opponent until the referee calls the fight.


(Featherweight) Felicia Spencer def. Akeela Al-Hameed via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

Featherweight action! First round was an absolute brawl– both fighters had thier moments. Spencer arguably stole the round due to a snappy high kick that she landed several times, seemingly surpising Al-Hameed. Akeela’s physique is complemented by her stregnth that is apparent in her shots. Al-Hameed threatened with a tight-looking guillotine on Spencer. Felicia used some unorthodox knees to fight out of the hold. Spener is constant in her pressure!  In round three, Akeela landed some shots from top position on a grounded Spencer. Up against the cage, Spencer reversed position and got in some top work. The fight ended with both fighters throwing shots, Spencer on top and Al-Hameed from the bottom.


(Flyweight) Brogan Walker-Sanchez def. Cheri Muraski via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Brogan Walker-Sanchez makes her Invicta FC debut against BJJ ace Cheri Muraski. Frenetic pace in the first round. The fight took place everywhere– clinch, striking distance, and on the ground. Hard to score that round. Walker-Sanchez found some success with clinch strikes in the second round and Muraski did well searching for underhooks. Both corners feeling confident heading into the third. This fight was pretty evenly matched. The aggression of both fighters canceled each other out. Commentator TJ appeared to lean toward a Muraski victory and Julie Kedzie seemed to lean toward a Walker-Sanchez win.


(Atomweight) Ashley Cummins def. Stephanie Alba via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

A nice pop from the crowd for Cummins, who has made a name for herself as a front runner in the atomweight division. Cummins got top position early, working from the half guard of Alba, landing some sharp elbows and nice ground and pound. Cummins showed a really well-rounded game– crisp striking that set up takedowns and trips where she maintained a dominant position. Going into the final frame, Alba is down two rounds. Alba lasts to the final bell and showed a lot of heart but it was a dominant performance by “Smashley”.


(Strawweight) Sharon Jacobson def. Ashley Nichols via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Both fighters came out ultra-aggresive. Jacobson caught a kick from Nichols and took the fight to the ground. She gave up a dominant position when she had a brief waldrobe malfunction with her bralette. Back at range Nichols backs Jacobson up to the fence and lands a huge knee and elbow. It looked like Sharon was out on her feet but she showed tremendous resiliencey. The second round opened up with a huge Jacobson takedown– the round really highlighted where each fighter wants the fight: Jacobson on the ground and Nichols on the feet. Jacobson spent the majority of the third round slamming down elbows on Nichols, the bell rang and both fighters are wearing the effects of a hard fought battle.


Co-Main Event: (Flyweight) Vanessa Porto def. Mariana Morais via first round submission (rear-naked choke)

A quick turn around for Vanessa Porto who looks to ride the momentum of her TKO win over Milana Dudieva last month at Invicta FC 26. She takes on 22-year-old promotional newcomer Morais in a clash of Brazilians. The experience of Porto reared it’s head in this one. Both fighters were tentative but Porto was slick with low kicks. The fight ended up on the ground, with about thirty seconds left in the round Vanessa Porto secures a neck crank/RNC to force the tap!


Main Event: (Bantamweight) Sarah Kaufman def. Pannie Kianzad via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

“The resurgance of Sarah Kaufman” vs “the comeback of Pannie ‘Bonzai’ Kianzaid” is tonight’s main event. This was a good fight, both fighters were really game to brawl. Kaufman and Kianzad has a lot of pop on thier punches but it was Sarah who was the more aggressive and accurate. She took all three rounds but Pannie was very much in the fight. Post fight, Kaufman calls on Shannon Knapp for the Invicta title!

 


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