Invicta Fighting Championships holds Invicta FC 29 tonight from the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri. The event will stream live on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 8 p.m. EST.
In the main event former Strikeforce champion and UFC Veteran Sarah Kaufman met undefeated Katharina Lehner of Germany. The winner of this bout would be the new Invicta FC bantamweight champion, grabbing the vacant title. Yana Kunitskaya gave up the belt when she was called to the UFC to challenge their featherweight champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino. Kaufman submits Lehner in the third round to take the belt.
In the night’s co-main event, Pannie Kianzad looked to snap a three fight losing streak when she met Bianca Daimoni inside the Invicta FC cage. Daimoni missed weight at yesterday’s weigh-ins and was fined 20 percent of her fight purse. Kianzad’s three fight skid came as a result of former champion Tonya Evinger, and top contenders Raquel Pa’aluhi and Kaufman. Tonight Kianzad is back in the win column as she earned a unanimous decision.
Former UFC fighter Pearl Gonzalez made her second trip to the Invicta stage tonight in Kansas City. At yesterday’s weigh-ins things got a little heated between Gonzalez and opponent Bárbara Acioly. Acioly acutally threw a punch but Gonzalez did not seem to be intimated. Tonight it was all Gonzalez as she worked several submission attempts, used her elbows to split her opponent’s head and then earned a first round armbar submission.
Helen Peralta and Cheyanne Vlismas opened up the night, each with one pro win a piece. Peralta returned to the Invicta FC stage for a second time while Vlismas was making her organizational debut. Vlismas demonstrated great foot work but Peralta seemed to always be one step ahead. Peralta earns a unanimous decision victory.
Allison Schmidt and Macy Chiasson also each entered the cage with one pro win in the night’s second fight on the card. Chiasson looked fantastic in her organizational debut winning unanimously on all the judges’ scorecards.
Sarah Kleczka is fighting for the second time in one week as she steps up against Lisa Spangler who lost her opponent just days ago due to injury. Kleczka received the Invicta FC call after earning a win last weekend. Spangler would win by way of unanimous decision.
Cheri Muraski began having some difficulty with Liz Tracy’s wrestling in their scheduled three round affair. Both ladies coming off losses in their last outings and needing a win, it was Tracy who seemed to have the better wrestling. Muraski however is no slouch as she is a BJJ blackbelt. This is a fun fight. Muraski has a cut and some swelling near the eye. Muraski was on the receiving end of a low blow and the fight was temporarily halted. The fight continued all the way until the bell and will go to the judges for a decision. Tracy wins unanimously.
Marciea Allen returned to the Invicta FC cage for the fist time since Invicta FC 3 in 2012. This is her first fight in two years as she meets Julia Avila who is making her Invicta FC debut. “Black Widow” Allen made quick work of Avila after a kick and a block resulted in a broken finger of Avila. Commentators T.J. DeSantis and Julie Kedzie said the bone on Avila’s finger came out of the skin.
Full Invicta FC 29 results below:
Sarah Kaufman defeated Katharina Lehner via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:30 – for vacant bantamweight title
Pannie Kianzad defeated Bianca Daimoni via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Pearl Gonzalez defeated Bárbara Acioly via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:30
Julia Avila defeated Marciea Allen by way of injury (broken finger) Round 1, 0:49
Liz Tracy defeated Cheri Muraski via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Lisa Spangler defeated Sarah Kleczka via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Macy Chiasson defeated Allison Schmidt via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Helen Peralta defeated Cheyanne Vlismas via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)