#InvictaFC28 Predictions: Mizuki Inoue vs Virna Jandiroba

Tonight, at the Union Event Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, some of MMA’s toughest ladies will do battle as Invicta FC returns to UFC Fight Pass for the 28th time.

The nine-bout fight card features a plethora of talent across four divisions– debutants, Invicta standouts, and UFC vets alike will get the chance to showcase their skills on one of Invicta’s most anticipated shows.

In the main event of the night, 23-year-old Mizuki Inoue will return to action for the first time since 2016 to face unbeaten submission expert Virna Jandiroba for the vacant strawweight title.

Prior to tonight’s headlining clash, the WMMA Rankings team weighs-in on who they believe will capture the strawweight gold! Check out the panel predictions below.

JILL: I’ve got Virna Jandiroba by submission.


IDREES: While all of the hype is around Virna (for good reason) this is a hard one to call. Jandiroba appears to be the far better grappler but I believe Inoue is the more well-rounded of the two. For this reason, I expect Mizuki to stay out of trouble long enough to earn a judges decision


TERENCE: These two ladies are experienced and bring serious ground games to the cage. MIZUKI has 12 wins, 9 by submission (8 by armlock). Jandiroba also has 12 wins (7 by choke). If it turns into a striking match, I give MIZUKI the advantage, but I expect a back and forth fight that comes down to who gets positional control most often. My prediction- Jandiroba by decision.


STEPHEN: Virna Jandiroba versus Mizuki Inoue is a high level MMA fight for the vacant Invicta strawweight title. Janeiro a is one of the best female fighters out of Brazil and Inoue is one of the best out of Japan. Undefeated in her 12 professional fights, Jandiroba has 10 submission victories– it’s safe to say her ground game is on point. In order to best Inoue, Jandiroba will need to take the fight tot them at and not get into a striking competition. Although Inoue has losses to her name, she’s incredibly young (23). In her last three fights, Inoye has pulled off wins via ad bar submission. Her background is in shoot boxing and  if she wants to win the title at such a young age, keeping the fight standings would be the best strategy. I predict Jandiroba via submission in the third round.


BRYCE: Nineteen. That’s the combined number of submission victories both Jandiroba and Inoue have achieved over their career and neither of them has ever been defeated by submission. I see Inoue’s striking being just a little better than Jandiroba’s and that’s what will give her the edge. Inoue via Decision.


NICK: Despite the UFC constantly plucking top talent, Invicta manages to put together compelling and interesting match ups. It will be really interesting to see how Mizuki looks after two years off.  Not just because of their Brazilian heritage, but Virna has a slight swagger that reminds me of former Invicta strawweight champion Livia Renata Soyza. Though I believe Inoue may be the slightly more well-rounded fighter, I see Jandiroba carrying her momentum to get the W by late submission or a judges’ decision.



What are your predictions for tonight’s card? Stay tuned for live updates!

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One comment

  1. I’m afraid I’m not familiar enough with either to offer a valid prediction, but I am surprised that Hamasaki has not tried to get back into the title picture at 115 now that Souza has moved to the UFC. Or is she planning to drop back down to 105 to defend her title there? It’s been a year since she last fought at 115 and well over a year since she last defended her title. Has she retired?

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