Tonight, Sept. 1, Invicta Fighting Championships returns to the historic Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City for Invicta FC 31. The eight-fight card is headlined by undefeated Virna “Carcará” Jandiroba (13-0) defending her Invicta FC strawweight strap against challenger Janaisa “Evil Priciness” Morandin (10-1).
Invicta FC 31 streams live and exclusively via UFC FIGHT PASS at 7 p.m. CT.
Audrey Wolfe and Holli Salazar kicked off the night on Fight Pass. Wolfe, a prospect of MMA legend Guy Mezger, fought off a deep armbar for the better part of the first half of the first round. Wolfe slammed her opponent but still couldn’t shake Salazar off. Once finally able to free her arm the two ladies made their way back up to the feet but no significant damage was done from strikes. Round will likely be scored in favor of Salazar for the submission attempt. Salazar was stunned early on in the second and backed up towards the cage but was able to bounce back and hurt Wolfe with some striking of her own. Wolfe, in a desperate attempt to stay in the fight, grabbed hold of Salazar, moved to the back and got the fight down to the canvas. Salazar locks up a guillotine on the ground but cannot finish the fight. They work back up to a vertical position and once again Salazar locks in the choke in the standing position. Wolfe is hanging on. They break free and Salazar rocks Wolfe. Somehow Wolfe stays on her feet and locks up her own standing guillotine choke. The pace slowed down a bit in the third round, and the action was temporarily halted as Wolfe went old school and suffered a point deduction for an illegal headbutt. The action resumes and shortly thereafter Wolfe locks in another standing guillotine until time expires, signifying the end of the fight. All three judges score the fight as a draw, 28-28.
Helen Peralta and Kay Hansen fought inside the clinch, fighting for dominance for the majority of the first round. Hansen gets the fight to the ground in the final minute of the opening frame to try and work some ground and pound. Peralta throwing elbows off the bottom. With five minutes in the books the round might go to Hansen on the scorecards. Hansen sticks to her game plan in round two and keeps applying the pressure, backing Peralta up against the cage. They are able to exchange in the center of the cage for a brief moment before Hansen drags Peralta back down to the mat at the end of the second round. A brief display of hands opens up the third and final frame before Hansen once again works her opponent down on her back and begins to work for the dominant position for ground and pound. Hansen gets full mount and starts to unleash. Referee Mike England steps in and calls and end to the fight. Hansen then calls out Erin Blanchfield following the win.
Lindsey VanZandt made her Invicta FC debut tonight, coming into the organization with a perfect 3-0 record. She faced the experienced striker Kelly D’Angelo in the third fight of the night. VanZandt proved she is a tough cookie right off the bat. VanZandt survived a near full five-minute round in a triangle choke. She fought endlessly to stay in the fight, a huge moral victory for the Invicta newcomer. The second round again likely in favor of D’Angelo who may have found a new home at the atomweight class. VanZandt was in guard when she was throwing down punches before D’Angelo again locked up a submission attempt. The fight goes to a decision in favor of the bigger D’Angelo.
Miranda Maverick bounces back after suffering a loss in her last fight. She gets a first round armbar submission win over Victoria Leonardo after getting her opponent down to the mat with a takedown. Solid text book armbar.
Mallory Martin is dropped early by Ashley Nichols. Somehow Martin makes her way back to her feet, but she’s dazed. With her back now to the cage, Martin is fighting off takedown attempts from Nichols. Nichols gets Martin down halfway through the first round. Martin survives and comes back to control the majority of the control in the fight and finishes the fight with a third round TKO.
Lisa Spangler suffers a broken nose early in the first round against Shanna Young. Dripping blood all over the white canvas, Spangler is still game and in the fight, connecting with heavy shots of her own. This fight is contested on the feet with brief periods of Spangler on top in mount. Young looks relatively unscathed after the fight concludes while the broken nose of Spangler is swollen but the blood has stopped. Somehow Spangler, who took the fight on short notice, and took the most damage, comes out with a split decision victory.
Former UFC fighter Pearl Gonzalez controlled the clinch in the first round of her co-main event bout with Daiane Firmino. Gonzalez traps her opponent’s arms beautifully in round two with her legs (working for an armbar) while landing shots to the face. The second round came to a halt with Gonzalez locked up in a submission but nothing that she seemed to be too worried about. Firmino really came into her own in the third and final round, really trying to finish the fight. Gonzalez working off her back and trying to lock up a submission. Firmino is confident she won the fight. Will be interesting to see how the judges score it. Gonzalez wins a unanimous decision.
In the main event, strawweight champion Virna Jandiroba successfully defended the title she won earlier. Jandiroba forced a tap from an arm-triangle submission in the second round to retain the belt.
INVICTA FC 31 RESULTS
Strawweight Title Bout: Virna Jandiroba defeated Janaisa Morandin via submission (arm-triangle) – Round 2, 2:23
Flyweight Bout: Pearl Gonzalez defeated Daiane Firmino via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-27)
Bantamweight Bout: Lisa Spangler defeated Shanna Young via split decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-18)
Strawweight Bout: Mallory Martin defeated Ashley Nichols via TKO – Round 3, 1:05
Flyweight Bout: Miranda Maverick defeated Victoria Leonardo via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:26
Atomweight Bout: Kelly D’Angelo defeated Lindsey VanZandt via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Strawweight Bout: Kay Hansen defeated Helen Peralta via TKO – Round 3, 4:16
Featherweight Bout: Audrey Wolfe vs. Holli Salazar is ruled a draw (28-28, 28-28, 28-28)