After a quartet of entertaining efforts, Invicta FC was back tonight with another star-studded, all-female lineup featuring some of the top women in Mixed Martial Arts. In addition to title-fights at the top between Jessica Penne–Michelle Waterson and Vanessa Porto-Barb Honchak, the card also boasted appearances from a number of women who have held gold in other organizations such as Sarah Kaufman, Zoila Gurgel, and Cristiane Santos.
The atomweight bout between Penne and Waterson headlined the evening’s action where the former put her belt on the line for the first time since winning it last October with a second-round submission, while Waterson was on a four-fight run with three finishes in the bunch entering the effort. Their fight went back-and-forth from start to finish with each woman coming close to finishing the other. When the smoke cleared, Waterson latched up an Armbar in the fourth frame to force a tap.
Honchak became Invicta FC’s first flyweight champ with an impressive showing against the always-tough Porto to earn her seventh straight victory. The win came after 25 minutes of work, outpointing the Brazilian submission-specialist with superior stand-up and overall tenacity.
Santos was back in fine form after more than a year off due to a suspension for PED use. “Cyborg” smashed opponent Fiona Muxlow in the opening round of their rumble, peppering her with strikes from multiple positions to draw the referee’s stoppage. The win improved her record to 12-1 and was her tenth TKO.
Read below for a full rundown of Invicta FC 5 winners/losers:
Alex Chambers def. Jodie Esquibel via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Rose Namajunas def. Kathina Catron via Submission Round 1 (Flying Armbar)
Katja Kankaanpaa def. Juliana Carneiro Lima via Unanimous Decision
Miriam Nakamoto def. Jessamyn Duke via Knockout Round 1 (Knee)
Simona Soukupova def. Cassie Rodish via Submission Round 3 (Standing Guillotine Choke)
Bec Hyatt def. Jasminka Cive via Submission Round 1 (Armbar)
Julia Budd def. Mollie Estes via Submission Round 3 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Lauren Taylor def. Kaitlin Young via Unanimous Decision
Jennifer Maia def. Zoila Gurgel via Unanimous Decision
Sarah Kaufman def. Leslie Smith via Split Decision
Cris “Cyborg” def. Fiona Muxlow via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Barb Honchak def. Vanessa Porto via Unanimous Decision
Michelle Waterson def. Jessica Penne via Submission Round 4 (Armbar)
PHOTO CREDIT – INVICTA FC