Tonight, November 1, Invicta Fighting Championships will host its 38th event from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. Two titles were supposed to be on the line but unfortunately after one fighter failed to make weight, the belt will not be on the line in the women’s 125-pound division.
In the night’s main event, Japan’s Kanako Murata (10-1) battles veteran Emily Ducote (8-5) for the vacant strawweight championship. Murata submitted Liana Pirosin in her promotional debut at Invicta FC 35. Oklahoma’s Ducote impressed in her first Invicta appearance, stopping former title challenger Janaisa Morandin in the first round. Tonight, Murata wins the contest by split decision to grab the title.
The co-main event paired flyweight champion Vanessa Porto (21-8) against contender tournament winner Karina Rodríguez (8-3) in a three-round, non-title affair, after Rodríguez failed to make weight for the scheduled title bout. The Brazilian Porto captured gold at Invicta FC 34, defeating UFC veteran Pearl Gonzalez. Mexico’s Rodriguez most recently earned a hard-fought decision victory over UFC alum DeAnna Bennett at Invicta FC 36. What an absolute back and forth war between these two ladies and while the fight was awarded in favor of the champion, this is absolutely a rematch that should be considered for a rematch under title rules even though Rodiguez failed to make weight for tonight.
The Invicta FC 38 event will stream live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 7 p.m. CT.
INVICTA FC 38 RESULTS:
Strawweight Title: Kanako Murata defeated Emily Ducote split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) – for strawweight title
Flyweight: Vanessa Porto defeated Karina Rodríguez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Strawweight: Mallory Martin defeated Cynthia Arceo via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Flyweight: Shanna Young defeated Maiju Suotama via unanimous decision (29-27, 28-27, 28-26)
Bantamweight: Lisa Verzosa defeated Kerri Kenneson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Featherweight: Auttumn Norton defeated Shaianna Rincon via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Bantamweight: Taneisha Tennant defeated Serena DeJesus via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)