On Friday, June 11, Invicta Fighting Championships will host Phoenix Tournament: Atomweights. The event takes place from Memorial Hall in Kansas City and airs live on AXS TV in the United States and will be available worldwide on Invicta FC’s YouTube Channel.
A shot at reigning Invicta FC atomweight champion Alesha Zappitella is on the line as the fastest-paced format in combat sports makes its return. For the first time in MMA history, online fan voting determined the match-ups for the quarterfinal stage of the tournament.
Recent title challenger Jéssica Delboni (10-3) opens her quest for another crack at gold against Zappitella’s training partner Tabatha “Batgirl” Watkins (3-3), who will make her promotional debut. New York native Lindsey “Damsel” VanZandt (7-4) will square off with Invicta newcomer Katie “Maquina Asesina” Perez (2-1). Jillian “Lionheart” DeCoursey (4-3) and Linda “F109” Mihalec (2-1) meet in a rematch of their Invicta FC 39 clash, which DeCoursey won via decision. Finally, Paulina “Firefox” Granados (4-4) steps into the Invicta cage for the first time against Connecticut’s Marisa “Spider Monkey” Messer-Belenchia (3-1).
Additionally, a tournament reserve match-up will take place between Kara Vislosky (1-1) and Samantha Seff (0-1).
Below are the results of the Phoenix Tournament:
Atomweight Tournament Quarterfinal No. 4: Marisa Messer-Belenchia defeated Paulina Granados via split decision (10-9, 9-10, 10-9)
Atomweight Tournament Quarterfinal No. 3: Linda Mihalec defeated Jillian DeCoursey via split decision (9-10, 10-9, 10-9)
Atomweight Tournament Quarterfinal No. 2: Lindsey VanZandt defeated Katie Perez via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:10
Atomweight Tournament Quarterfinal No. 1: Jéssica Delboni defeated Tabatha Watkins via unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)
Atomweight Tournament Reserve Bout: Samantha Seff defeated Kara Vislosky via split decision (9-10, 10-9, 10-9)
Atomweight Tournament Semifinal No. 2: Jéssica Delboni defeated Marisa Messer-Belenchia via unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)
Atomweight Tournament Semifinal No. 1: Lindsey VanZant defeated Linda Mihalec via unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)
Atomweight Tournament Final: Jéssica Delboni defeated Lindsey VanZant via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)