On Thursday, July 30, Invicta Fighting Championships hosted Invicta FC 41: Morandin vs. Ruiz. The event takes place in Kansas City, Kansas, with the entire card streaming live on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 7 p.m. CT.
In the night’s main event, former strawweight title challenger Janaisa “Evil Princess” Morandin (10-3) of Brazil will battle Mexico’s Montserrat “Conejo” Ruiz (8-1). The 25-year-old Morandin will be making her fifth appearance in the Invicta cage and hopes that her experience of facing former titleholders Virna Jandiroba and Livia Renata Souza will carry her to victory. Ruiz returns to action after suffering her first career defeat to UFC veteran Danielle Taylor at Invicta FC 33. Prior to the setback, she had won eight straight with four finishes.
The co-main event will feature flyweight contenders as 21-year-old phenom Erin “Cold Blooded” Blanchfield (5-1) tangles with Guam’s Brogan “Killer Bee” Sanchez (6-1).
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.
Per Invicta FC, the strawweight bout between Texan Itzel Esquivel (4-2) and former atomweight contender Kelly “Wildfire” D’Angelo (4-3) has been removed from the event. A pre-fight COVID-19 test came back positive after the initial test result was determined to be a false-negative. The individual testing positive is asymptomatic, but as a precaution to all of the fighters, their corners, Invicta FC staff and commission officials, Esquivel and D’Angelo will not compete tonight. The fight card will proceed with five fights.
Below are the Invicta FC 41 results :
Strawweight: Montserrat Ruiz defeated Janaisa Morandin via submission (keylock) – Round 1, 3:28
Flyweight: Erin Blanchfield defeated Brogan Sanchez via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Featherweight: Kaitlin Young defeated Latoya Walker via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Strawweight: Kelly D’Angelo vs. Itzel Esquivel – BOUT CANCELED JUST PRIOR TO EVENT – SEE ABOVE
Flyweight: Caitlin Sammons defeated Claire Guthrie via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Flyweight: Alexa Culp defeated Natalya Speece via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:59