Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson – Results, Recap and Photo Gallery
By PDG Staff
Michelle Waterson Armbars Jessica Penne To Become New Invicta FC World Atomweight Champion In Electrifying Night Of Women’s MMA Action. Barb Honchak Earns Unanimous Decision Over Vanessa Porto To Become First Invicta FC World Flyweight Champ In History. Cris Cyborg Stops Fiona Muxlow In First Round, Setting Up Rematch With Marloes Coenen and Sarah Kaufman Earns Split Decision Over Leslie Smith In Barnburner Battle!
In an unforgettable night of mixed martial arts action, Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson (11-3) of Albuquerque, N.M. submitted Jessica Penne (10-2) of Huntington Beach, Calif. with an armbar in the fourth round of their main event showdown to become the new Invicta Fighting Championships world atomweight (105 pounds) champion at Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City on Friday, April 5, live on InvictaFC.com.
In the co-main event of the star-studded, 13-bout women’s world championship doubleheader, Pat Miletch-protégé Barb Honchak (8-2) of Bettendorf, Iowa earned a unanimous decision over Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Vanessa Porto (15-6) of Sao Paulo, Brazil to become the first Invicta FC flyweight (125 pounds) champion in history.
In her first start since Dec. 2011, pound-for-pound sensation Cris Cyborg (11-1) of Curitiba, Brazil showed no signs of rust, pulverizing a courageous Fiona Muxlow (6-3) of Townsville, Queensland Australia in a featherweight (145 pounds) matchup.
Cyborg dropped Muxlow in the opening seconds of the contest with a right hand and smothered Muxlow, who made it to her feet but couldn’t fend off the relentless attacks of Cyborg. A final barrage of punches prompted the referee to step in and stop the fight, giving Cyborg the TKO win in the first round and earning her a second meeting with fellow superstar Marloes Coenen, whom Cyborg stopped by way of third round (3:40) TKO (punches) on Jan. 30, 2010.
Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (5-3-1) of Pleasant Hill, Calif. and Sarah Kaufman (16-2) of Victoria BC, Canada engaged in an all-out slugfest for three straight rounds in a bantamweight (135 pounds) barnburner highlighted by Smith putting Kaufman on the canvas with a head kick. Kaufman rallied in the third round with a double leg takedown and, after they stood up, a hard right hand before being declared the winner by split decision.
Jennifer Maia (7-2) of Curitiba pulled off a stunning upset, earning a unanimous decision over Zoila Frausto Gurgel (12-3) of Cincinnati, Ohio. Maia neutralized Gurgel’s offense against the cage fence for the majority of the first two rounds and, in the third stanza, opened up with kicks and punches before the bout came to a close.
In the opening main card bout of the night, “Rowdy” Bec Hyatt (5-2) of Brisbane, Australia took the fight to previously undefeated Jasminka Cive (5-1) of Graz, Austria from the outset of their strawweight (115 pounds) matchup, mounting Cive and unloading a storm of punches to the head. From mount, Hyatt secured Cive’s arm and transitioned to armbar, forcing Cive to tap from the hold.
Complete Invicta FC 5 Results:
-Michelle Waterson def. Jessica Penne by submission (arm bar) at 2:31, R4
-Barb Honchak def. Vanessa Porto by unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 48-47)
-Cris Cyborg Santos def. Fiona Muxlow by TKO at 3:46, R1
-Sarah Kaufman def. Leslie Smith by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
-Jennifer Maia def. Zoila Frausto Gurgel by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
-Lauren Taylor def. Kaitlin Young by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Julia Budd def. Mollie Estes by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:04, R3
-Bec Hyatt def. Jasminka Cive by submission (arm bar) at 3:30, R1
-Simona Soukupova def. Cassie Rodish by submission (guillotine choke) at 3:20, R2
-Miriam Nakamoto def. Jessamyn Duke by KO at 2:20, R1
-Katja Kankaanpaa def. Juliana Carnerio Lima by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
-Rose Namajunas def. Kathina Catron by submission (flying arm bar) at :12, R1
-Alex Chambers def. Jodie Esquibel by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:35, R1
*Photos courtesy of Esther Lin, Invicta FC, Shannon Ihrke and others!
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