Former atomweight titleholder Alesha Zappitella will test her skills at a higher weight class on Wednesday night, facing Invicta FC Strawweight Champion Emily Ducote. Their fight is scheduled to headline Invicta FC 47, which will take place at the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas, USA.
Follow along throughout the evening for updates on the event.
Main Card (8:00PM EDT) (Youtube)
Bout 7: Emily Ducote (10-6) vs. Alesha Zappitella (9-3) (Invicta FC Strawweight Championship)
Doctor Stoppage Takes Zappitella Out Of Main Event, Earns Ducote First Win As Champion
A doctor stoppage forced Alesha Zappitella out of her fight against Invicta FC Strawweight Champion Emily Ducote on Wednesday night.
Swelling around Zappitella’s left eye caused the doctor to end the fight before the third round started, earning Ducote a victory for the first time in her reign. The swelling became visible for Zappitella in the second round and started to change how she was moving in the cage.
Before the finish, the fight was a close stand-up battle on the feet. Zappitella attempted to take the fight to the ground with takedowns, although the takedown defense of Ducote stopped the fight from going to the ground.
The result marked the first time that Ducote has defended her belt since winning it last year.
Ducote earned the belt with a “Knockout of the Year” contender in 2021, freezing Danielle Taylor in the first round with a head kick. The fight on Wednesday was Ducote’s third consecutive victory.
Zappitella, a former atomweight champ, was making her debut up at strawweight. She lost the Invicta FC Atomweight Championship earlier this year, dropping a unanimous decision to Jessica Delboni.
Bout 6: Courtney King (4-2) vs. Chelsea Chandler (3-1) (Featherweight)
Chandler Picks Up Win In Return
Chelsea Chandler kept her winning streak alive in her return to action, defeating Courtney King on scorecards (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).
The fight saw Chandler take the first and last rounds to secure a win.
Chandler started the fight with a strong first round, scoring two takedowns in the frame.
King won the second round on the judge’s scorecards, taking the round after five minutes on the feet. King played a good counter-striker role in the round, and a slip early in the frame from Chandler provided a good visual for judges.
Chandler took the fight with her third round, scoring a takedown early in the frame and spending the rest of the time in top position.
Chandler has now put together four consecutive victories since 2018. She asked for a UFC call-up after her win, stating that she doesn’t know if there are any more names to face on the regional scene.
King was appearing for the first time since she lost a dominant bout to PFL Lightweight Champion Kayla Harrison.
Bout 5: Lindsey VanZandt (7-5) vs. Jillian DeCoursey (4-3) (Atomweight)
DeCoursey Knocks Out VanZandt Early
Jillian DeCoursey earned a sudden knockout win on Wednesday night, catching Lindsey VanZandt in the first round with punches.
DeCoursey floored VanZandt early with a right cross to knock her out early. DeCoursey went to the ground with a few ground and pound shots before the referee stepped in to end the fight.
The fight was DeCoursey’s return to the cage after more than a year out of action. Her last bout was a loss against Elise Reed in a CFFC title fight
DeCoursey called for a title fight following her victory.
VanZandt’s previous appearance came in the grand final of a one-night tournament, where she lost a decision against Jessica Delboni.
Bout 4: Janaisa Morandin (10-4) vs. Liana Pirosin (7-4) (Flyweight)
Pirosin Snaps Losing Streak In Split Decision
Liana Pirosin had a close win against Janaisa Morandin, earning early rounds to take a split decision victory (29-28 Morandin, 29-28 Pirosin & 29-28 Pirosin).
Pirosin got a lead on two scorecards early, succeeding with her stand-up skills against Morandin. Pirosin, who had a height and reach advantage over Morandin, was able to land the better strikes in the first two rounds.
Morandin turned things around late with a dominant final round on the ground, although it was not enough for her to take back the bout on scorecards.
Pirosin snapped a two-fight losing streak in the appearance.
Morandin is now on a four-fight losing streak as a pro, with her last win dating back to 2017.
Bout 3: Serena DeJesus (4-2) vs. Brittney Cloudy (4-3) (Bantamweight)
DeJesus Calls For Title Fight After Decision Win
Serena DeJesus kept her winning streak alive on Wednesday night, defeating Brittney Cloudy via unanimous decision after three rounds on the feet (30-27, 29-28 & 29-28).
DeJesus landed the better shots in a three-round battle against Cloudy, constantly advancing in a southpaw stance. While there was never a moment where DeJesus visibly had Cloudy in trouble, she lead the fight. and constantly kept Cloudy on her back foot.
The fight on Wednesday was DeJesus’ fourth consecutive victory as a win. She called for a title fight afterward, wanting to face Taneisha Tennant in a rematch.
“I’m not asking anymore for my belt shot, I’m demanding,” said DeJesus in her post-fight interview.
Cloudy had won her two previous fights before Wednesday. Her last victory was in early 2022 when she stopped Annette Nichols on an LFA card.
Bout 2: Fatima Kline (1-0) vs. Sidney Trillo (2-0) (Strawweight)
Kline Stops Trillo Late For Second Win
Fatima Kline closed out a dominant performance over Sidney Trillo with a late finish win.
Kline stopped Trillo with just seconds left in the fight, landing ground and pound shots from the full mount to cause the fight to end.
Kline’s ground control earlier in the fight earned her a comfortable lead on scorecards prior to the finish. She notably attempted a rear naked choke in the first round from the back of Trillo, remaining in that position
Kline had a successful pro debut last year, scoring a first-round submission win against Ariana Melendez.
Trillo entered Wednesday on a two-fight winning streak. Her previous wins came in 2021 on LFA cards.
Bout 1: Jennifer Chieng (1-1) vs. Alyssa Linduska (0-0) (Strawweight)
Linduska Uses Wrestling To Win Pro Debut
Alyssa Linduska won her pro debut to open the main card, taking a close unanimous decision win against Jennifer Chieng (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).
Linduska’s wrestling earned her the win in the fight. She won the first and the third rounds of the fight, getting Chieng to the canvas early and keeping control after.
Linduska scored a takedown in the second round as well, although Chieng was able to reverse position and take full mount in that instance.
Linduska was turning pro after attaining seven wins through eight fights on the amateur scene.
Chieng was fighting for her first Invicta FC win. She lost her promotional debut in 2020, dropping a decision to Helen Peralta.