In their first show back, Invicta FC presents five fights on their “Ducote vs. Lima” card. The show sees the return of experienced promotional fighters along with some making their Invicta or even professional MMA debut. Follow along with this blog post throughout the night for updates of the action taking place at the Pal KCK in Kansas City, Kansas, USA.
Main Card (8:00PM EDT / 7:00PM CDT) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 5: Emily Ducote (8-6) vs. Juliana Lima (10-6) (Strawweight)
Ducote Wins In Three-Round Main Event
In the main event, former Bellator veteran Emily Ducote defeated Juliana Lima via unanimous decision.
The fight saw Ducote win with a well-rounded peformance, having success with takedowns and striking.
“I can do all things … My goal is to put it all together every fight,” said Ducote after the fight.
Ducote bounced back from a failed title shot in her last fight, losing to Kanako Murata after five rounds of battle.
The fight was the first three-round Invicta FC battle for Lima, a former UFC fighter.
Bout 4: Alesha Zappitella (6-2) vs. Lindsey VanZandt (7-3) (Atomweight)
Split Decision Goes To Zappitella
Takedowns helped give Alesha Zappitella a split decision victory over Lindsey VanZandt in the co-main event of the show. The win was the second in a row for Zappitella, who won last February as well.
VanZandt had strong striking in the fight, landing many clean shots throughout.
Invicta FC is currently without an atomweight championship, as former champion Jinh Yu Frey signed with the UFC recently.
“I’m hoping that this win … secured by spot for a fight for the title,” said Zappitella after the fight.
Bout 3: Chelsea Chandler (2-1) vs. Liv Parker (4-0) (Featherweight)
Chandler Wins Quickly Over Parker
A quick fight went the way of Chelsea Chandler, who stopped Liv Parker with a rear naked choke in the second minute of a fight. Before getting the choke, Chandler dropped Parker with a left hook, ending a flurry of punches she opened the fight with.
The fight ended the undefeated streak of Parker, who won four fights as a pro before.
Bout 2: Trisha Cicero (3-3) vs. Laura Gallardo (2-0) (Flyweight)
Cicero Gets Split Decision Victory
In a split decision, Trisha Cicero defeated the formerly undefeated Laura Gallardo. The fight was a battle between wrestling and striking, with Cicero being most successful when keeping the fight on the feet.
“I’m happy I was able to pick it up in the second and the third [round,]” said Cicero in her post-fight interview.
The fight was the promotional debut for both fighters, who had fought in different regional promotions before. It was the first professional loss for Gallardo.
Bout 1: Genia Goodin (1-0) vs. Shelby Koren (0-0) (Strawweight)
Goodin Wins Decision
Kicking off the show, Genia Goodin won a unanimous decision over fellow strawweight Shelby Koren. The win saw Goodin come back from a year-long layoff, with her previous fight being a debut win.
The fight was mostly on the ground where both fighters nearly won with submissions.
Koren made her professional MMA in the fight after having an undefeated amateur record.
The fight had a short delay before it as there was an issue with the power at the event. Goodin did not seemed phased by the break before the fight.
“At this point I was ready to fight her in the dark,” said Goodin afterwards.