On Thursday, July 2, Invicta Fighting Championships hosted Invicta FC 40: Ducote vs. Lima. The event takes place in Kansas City, Kansas and will stream live on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 7 p.m. CT.
In the night’s main event, recent strawweight title challenger Emily “Gordinha” Ducote (8-6) takes on Brazilian Juliana “Ju Thai” Lima (10-6). Oklahoma’s Ducote scored a violent, first-round knockout of Janaisa Morandin in her promotional debut before challenging Kanako Murata for the 115-pound title. Ducote fell via split decision in a closely contested bout and will look to get back in the win column. Lima rejoined the Invicta roster in 2019 following a seven-fight stint with the UFC. The veteran was last in action during the inaugural Phoenix Series tournament, where she defeated fellow UFC veteran Danielle Taylor, but fell to eventual tournament champion Brianna Van Buren in the semifinals.
The co-main event will take place in the atomweight division as Alesha “Half Pint” Zappitella (6-2) clashes with New York’s Lindsey “Damsel” VanZandt (7-3).
The flyweight bout between DeAnna Bennett and Victoria Leonardo was removed from the card after Bennett had a medical issue during her weight cut and could not weigh-in. Leonardo was paid her show purse after making weight and the fight card will proceed with five fights.
As with any Invicta event, safety is of the utmost priority. All athletes and corners participating in the event were tested for COVID-19 and all results were negative.
The night kicked off with a hiccup. Fighters Genia Goodin and Shelby Koren made their ways to the cage and just as the fight was about to start, the UFC Fight Pass stream shut off. We ere told that a generator had blown and the venue wass without power.
The action resumed after an approximate 15-minute delay. Goodin had to work multiple times to escape from several deep armbars, but was able to use her striking to outwork her opponent and get her hand raised in victory.
Below are the results of the Invicta FC 40 event:
Strawweight: Emily Ducote defeated Juliana Lima via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Atomweight: Alesha Zappitella defeated Lindsey VanZandt via split decision (28-29, 29-27, 30-27)
Featherweight: Chelsea Chandler defeated Liv Parker via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:05
Flyweight: Trisha Cicero defeated Laura Gallardo via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Strawweight: Genia Goodin defeated Shelby Koren via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)