Karina Rodriguez defended her Invicta FC Flyweight Championship for the first time on Wednesday night, defeating Daiana Torquato via split decision in a rematch.
Their fight headlined Invicta FC 46, which took place at the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas, USA.
The five-round fight saw both flyweights remain active during striking exchanges on the feet. The fighters would often trade blows, with it being hard to tell who got the best of some trades.
On all scorecards, one of the losing fighters took at least one round.
The rematch was made on short notice last week. Rodriguez was originally scheduled to face Ketlen Souza, although plans changed after Souza withdrew from the card.
Torquato, who was originally booked to fight Milana Dudieva, was called up for the title fight recently.
The short-notice nature of Wednesday’s main event didn’t bother Rodriguez.
“I’m here to fight with anyone that they put in front of me,” she said in her post-fight interview. “When they told me that it’s going to be a change of an opponent, I said ‘it doesn’t matter. I’m here to fight.'”
Rodriguez became champion last year with a unanimous decision win over Torquato. The fight on Wednesday marks her sixth win since joining Invicta FC in 2017.
Gomes Makes Late Comeback To Win Invicta FC Debut
Denise Gomes made a comeback in the co-main event, securing a third-round stoppage win over Milana Dudieva to erase a trailing score that she had on scorecards.
Gomes capitalized on a tired Dudieva in the final round, pouring on punches and knees that backed her up against the cage. Knees eventually dropped Dudieva to the ground, and ground and pound shots later put an end to the fight.
Dudieva had gained a comfortable lead heading into the final round, using her striking skills to out-land Gomes. Due to the open-scoring rules in Kansas, it was publicly known heading into the third round that Dudieva had won previous rounds.
The fight was Gomes’ Invicta FC debut. She now has a five-fight winning streak, with the previous victories being on the regional scene in Brazil.
Dudieva, a former UFC fighter, is now on a two-fight losing streak. Her previous fight was a loss to Karina Rodriguez in February 2019.
Tracy Calls For Title Fight Following Dominant Win
Liz Tracy had a dominant performance against former UFC fighter Danielle Taylor, defeating her via unanimous decision after three rounds.
Tracy came close to finishing the fight early, unloading with a quick series of hammerfist punches will in full mount against Taylor.
The fight remained mostly on the feet for the second and third rounds, where Tracy continued to dictate the pace of the bout.
Tracy snapped a two-fight losing streak in her previous appearance, defeating
Now with seven pro wins, the strawweight called for a title shot.
“I think I deserve a chance at the title … I’m here to be a champion,” said Tracy in her post-fight interview.
Tracy missed weight for the fight on Tuesday, going nearly two pounds over the limit for the bout.
Taylor suffered a brutal knockout loss in her previous bout, getting stopped within a round by Emily Ducote last year. The fight was for Invicta FC’s then-vacant strawweight belt.
Williams Secures Close Split Decision Win Over Hani
Kristina Williams had a close flyweight fight against Flore Hani, securing a split decision win after three rounds.
Williams started the fight with a strong opening round, piecing together sharp striking to take a lead.
Hani took the second round on scorecards, taking Williams down early in the round and taking dominant positions on the ground.
The fight wrapped up with a close final round that saw both fighters succeed with stand-up striking. In the end, judges saw Williams get the best of those exchanges.
Williams, a six-fight Bellator vet, is now on a two-fight winning streak.
“I feel great, it was a really good comeback fight. I came in here for a war, and that’s what happened,” said Williams in her post-fight interview.
Hani entered Wednesday with a strong four-fight winning streak as a pro. This included two wins last year on the regional scene.
Adriane Makes First Appearance In Nearly Three Years, Scores Dominant Win
Monique Adriane showed her more present than ever skills in her return, fighting to a unanimous decision win over Pauline Granados on Friday night.
Adriane’s quick and snappy punches allowed her to do damage on the feet, bloodying Granados and hurting her with strikes. Adriane would frequently connect with combinations of straight punches to the head of Granados.
Granado often focused on getting the fight to the ground. Adriane was willing to engage in these positions, searching for submissions at times.
Adriane was competing for the first time since June 2019. Her previous fight was an unsuccessful Invicta FC debut, losing to now-UFC fighter Loma Lookboonmee.
Granados is now on a three-fight losing streak as a pro.
Main Card (8:00PM EST / 7:00PM CST) (Youtube)
Bout 5: Karina Rodriguez def. Daiana Torquato via Decision, Split (Invicta FC Flyweight Championship)
Bout 4: Denise Gomes def. Milana Dudieva via TKO, Strikes (RD 3, 1:56)
Bout 3: Liz Tracy def. Danielle Taylor via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 2: Kristina Williams def. Flore Hani via Decision, Split
Bout 1: Monique Adriane def. Pauline Granados via Decision, Unanimous