PFL fighter Kayla Harrison will make an appearance at Invicta FC 43 on Friday, fighting Courtney King in the main event of a five-fight card from Kansas City, Kansas, USA. Follow along throughout the evening for live coverage.
Main Card (8:00PM EST / 7:00PM CST) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 5: Kayla Harrison (7-0) vs. Courtney King (4-1) (Featherweight)
PFL’s Harrison Finishes King In The Second Round
Kayla Harrison had a dominant performance in the main event of Invicta FC 43, stopping Courtney King in the second round with strikes after a bloody and damaging ground and pound fight.
Harrison opened a large cut on King in the first round, landing an elbow from full mount that sliced King just above the bridge of her nose. She bled heavily, taking enough damage for the judges to score the round 10-8 for Harrison.
Harrison re-opened the cut on King in the second round while in control on the ground. The referee stopped the fight after Harrison landed a series of punches from side control.
Despite the one-sided fight, Harrison wanted it to go differently.
“I’m a little disappointed because I want to work my stand-up more,” said Harrison in her post-fight interview.
Harrison usually competes in PFL, although she was allowed to compete outside of the promotion as they cancelled their 2020 season due to COVID-19. She said after the fight that she plans to fight one more time before the 2021 PFL season, which starts in April.
The fight was Harrison’s first at featherweight after seven fights at lightweight in PFL. Harrison won the PFL lightweight tournament in 2019, picking up four wins in the year.
King’s three-fight win streak from 2019 was stopped from the fight.
Bout 4: Stephanie Geltmacher (4-1) vs. Caitlin Sammons (3-0) (Flyweight)
Geltmacher Connects With Overhand Right For First-Round Win
Stephanie Geltmacher returned to the win column in the co-main event, stopping Caitlin Sammons with an overhand right late in the first round to win.
The knockout victory for Geltmacher came just after the referee separated them from a clinch they were in for a few minutes.
“That worked and it hit right on the money,” said Geltmacher enthusiastically about the finish in her post-fight interview.
Geltmacher’s previous fight was her first loss as a pro, dropping a decision to now-UFC fighter Victoria Leonardo. She had two previous wins in Invicta FC.
The loss was Sammons’ first through four fights as a pro. Her previous fight was a split decision win over Claire Guthrie in July.
Bout 3: Brittney Cloudy (2-2) vs. Hope Chase (2-1) (Featherweight)
Chase Earns Second Round Rear Naked Choke Win
Hope Chase won in the third bout of the evening, catching Brittney Cloudy with a rear naked choke in the second round for a tap out.
Chase got on the back of Cloudy on the ground moments after getting her off of her own back. She locked in the choke in the final minute to get the tap.
“I was like ‘dude this is it,'” said Chase, reflecting on looking for the choke during the fight.
Cloudy missed weight for the fight, coming in at 137.3 pounds.
Chase last competed in March, fighting in Invicta FC’s “Phoenix Series” one-night tournament. She lost in the second round of the tournament, losing a decision to Taneisha Tennant.
Bout 2: Alexa Culp (1-0) vs. Meaghan Penning (0-0) (Strawweight)
Penning Wins MMA Debut, Defeats Culp Via Decision
Meaghan Penning won her pro debut on Friday, defeating Alexa Culp via unanimous decision after three rounds. The fight saw both fighters have their moments of control on the ground.
All three judges gave Culp one round, giving Penning the other two.
“When they said 29-28 unanimous [decision], I felt I had a pretty strong shot … I had a feeling but you never know,” said Penning in her post-fight interview, talking about how she felt while hearing the result read.
Culp had a solid first round, scoring a takedown in the final minute after landing punches on the feet and looking for a guillotine choke.
Penning spent a large portion of the second round in control on the ground.
While Culp kept Penning on her back for most of the third round, Penning was able to land a high volume of strikes from the bottom.
Penning was able to stop Culp from going to the ground for a few minutes, as Culp returned to her feet and struggled to get back down to the ground, where Penning was.
Culp won her pro debut earlier in the year, defeating Natalya Speece in the sound round via rear naked choke. She moved down from flyweight for Friday’s fight.
Bout 1: Juliana Miller (1-0) vs. Kendal Holowell (0-0) (Flyweight)
Miller Wins Invicta FC Debut
Juliana Miller won her Invicta FC debut to kick off the card, catching Kendal Holowell with an armbar in the first round. Miller found the submission while on her back, scoring the armbar after being in the position for a minute or so.
Miller won her pro debut in 2019, defeating Sadie Hubbard on a CCW card.
The fight was Holowell’s debut as a pro.
Ducote vs. Montserrat Main Event Off
The previous Invicta FC 43 main event between Emily Ducote and Montserrat Ruiz was cancelled on Friday due to “enhanced COVID-19 safety protocols,” per an announcement from the promotion.
The card will proceed with five fights in total.