#InvictaFC30 Live Results: Jinh Yu Frey becomes the Invicta atomweight champion

Tonight, some of MMA’s toughest ladies will do battle as Invicta FC 30 takes over the  Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri. In the headliner, perennial contender Jinh Yu Frey will face Finland’s Minna Grusander for the vacant atomweight championship. The undercard features a plethora of top contenders across different weight divisions that make this card a must-watch. The card begins at 8 p.m. ET and the entire card can be streamed on UFC Fight Pass. Follow along with WMMA Rankings as we bring you live updates for each fight!

 (Flyweight) Erin Blanchfield def. Brittney Cloudy via split-decision  (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Both fighters are making their Invicta debuts tonight. For Cloudy, this is also her pro debut. Her opponent, Blanchfield brings a strong grappling game to the cage as the first woman to win an Eddie Bravo Invitational at only 19-years-old. Cloudy has a long, lean frame for the division. In round one, Cloudy got the better of the exchanges, clipping Blanchfield several times. Blanchfield landed a single leg in the final minute of the round but didn’t get to do much with it. A couple of elbows from Cloudy opened a small cut on Blanchfield. In the second round, Blanchfield immediately looks for a low single. Cloudy is able to get to her feet. Blanchfield clips Cloudy with a 1,2 and follows up with a huge head kick that rocks her opponent! She takes the fight to the ground and controls the rest of the round. Going into the third, it is most likely one round a piece. The third was close, and an argument for each fighter can be made.

(Atomweight) Alyse Anderson def. Stephanie Alba via technical submission (triangle choke).
Some quality company is coming along to the cage with these two fighters! Stephanie “Cyclone” Alba is in search of her first Invicta victory after making her debut versus Ashley Cummins. Former Invicta bantamweight champion and current UFC bantamweight Tonya Evinger is in her corner. Anderson is making her first appearance in almost a year. She has become a close friend and training partner of top ten UFC strawweight, Felice Herrig, who will be in her corner. It looked like Alba was winning the first round until an accidental eye poke. After the poke (that caused some visible damage beneath the eye), Alba slowed down a little bit and Anderson looked to take over. It was an interesting (and somewhat weird) first round that included the referee sticking Anderson’s mouthpiece back in while they were still fighting and both fighters taking time to speak to the ref while fighting. In the second round, Alyse jumps guard and transitions into a smooth triangle, They fall to the floor and Anderson tightens up the triangle. It’s tight! Alba is out! The ref calls the fight!

(Atomweight) Alesha Zappitella vs Jillian Decoursey via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
More atomweight action! Jiu-jitsu brown belt Decoursey is stepping in on short notice replacing Shino Vanhoose to face a promotional newcomer and talented wrestler Zappitella in a fun stylistic matchup. Alesha comes out very aggressive in the first frame, pressuring Decoursey up against the fence. Jillian is able to work some good knees from the position. A grueling pace this first round. AZ (for short) lands a nice left hook that drops Decoursey, who pops right back up to her feet! AZ is doing some fantastic work the second round– she’s pressuring Decoursey on the feet. Decoursey jumps guard and the wrestler ends up on top where she works some ground and pound and top pressure. Both fighters have some swelling going into the final round. This is a slugfest! Decoursey has landed some nice counter shots but AZ is charging forward. The wrestler is showing some real power in her punches and no fear while walking Jillian down. A great performance by AZ in her debut.

(Bantamweight) Stephanie Geltmacher def. Kerri Kenneson via first-round TKO (punches, elbows).
“Scary” Kerri is looking to make it two in a row taking on promotional newcomer Stephanie Geltmacher. Both fighters are young in their careers and undefeated meaning…someone’s 0 has got to go! The bell sounds and Geltmacher immediately ducks under a combo and takes Kenneson down with a double leg. She transitions between ground and pound and submissions. She secures a dominant position and rains down with punches and elbows. Kenneson isn’t defending and the ref calls a stop to the action!

  (Flyweight) Brogan Walker-Sanchez def. Miranda Maverick via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Another matchup of undefeated up-and-comers! Both Julie and TJ on commentary feel that this is the sleeper fight on the card. Miranda is more of a grappler while Brogan likens herself a Muay Thai practitioner. There is a lot of back and forth action– both ladies are finding nice positions throughout rounds one and two but are able to reverse out of danger. In the final frame,  Walker is appearing to have the edge in conditioning. The rounds have been close but she has likely solidified the win.

(Strawweight) Heather Jo Clark def. Kinberly Novaes via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Novaes is looking to bounce back from a decision loss to Janaisa Morandin. She gained popularity in 2015 when she won a championship belt while pregnant in Brazil. Her opponent is former UFC and TUF 20 vet, “Hurricane” Heather Jo Clark, sporting a new black hairdo! UFC lightweight James Krause is in the corner of Clark. Novaes comes out aggressive and pressures Clark against the fence. Clark utilizes a nice frame with her forearm to hold Kinberly off momentarily. Heather eventually gets the fight to the canvas with an inside trip. Novaes is swinging more wildly while Jo Clark is working more straight punches. Midway through Clark lands a nice trip takedown and searches for an RNC but Novaes endures. A lot of the action in the third round is spent in a neutral position. Novaes is very physical and despite looking tired is working at a high pace. Leg kicks for Novaes are paying dividends as Clark has some significant bruising on her inner legs. With thirty seconds left, Novaes takes the back but Clark is able to make it to the final bell!

(Featherweight) Felicia Spencer def. Helena Kolesnyk via second-round submission (rear naked choke)
Exciting featherweight action in the co-main event! They meet in the middle. Helena having success on the feet early. About midway through, Kolesnyk goes for a toss but Spencer reverses and gets the takedown and ends up on top. The remainder of the first round is Spencer working some quality transitions and ground and pound. She sinks in a real close RNC but Helena shows some grit and makes it to the horn! Second round and Spencer opens up with a spinning heel kick followed by a high kick! Whoa! She goes for a double leg but Kolesnyk sprawls and ends up on top. Spencer transitions beautifully to the back where she sinks in another RNC! It’s deep this time! She gets the tap!

Jinh Yu Frey def. Minna Grusander via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47).
It’s title time! Red gloves for Grusander and blue for Frey! Jinh is fighting southpaw and Minna orthodox. Both laides land nice shots early. They clinch a few times and Frey is landing on the exit. Throughout the first- round, this is a really evenly matched bout. Both fighters are looking strong against the fence. At the end of the third, Frey manages to take the back of Grusander and comes close to securing an RNC. It is not under the chin and Minna survives but eats several elbows from the Frey on top. We are going into the championship rounds! Minna is looking like the fresher fighter at this moment starting in the fourth. Up against the fence, Minna is landing quality elbows that cause some bleeding on the right side of Jinh’s face. With two minutes left in the round, Frey shoots for a takedown and gets it. Grusander manages to inch to the fence, however, and gets back up to her feet and creates space. We are into the fifth and final round. Both fighters are moving well and showing nice footwork but it is Minna Grusander who is controlling the center and stalking Frey forward.  This was a war! We are going to the judges for the decision to determine the new atomweight champion!


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