INVICTA FC 40:
Thursday night’s INVICTA FC 40 was an MMA event nearly four months in the making.
The card was the first for the women’s MMA promotion since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced it, along with the sports world at-large, to go on pause in March.
Originally a six-fight event, INVICTA FC 40 was trimmed to a five-fight card due to the cancellation of the DeAnna Bennett (10-6-1) vs. Victoria Leonardo (6-2) contest in the Flyweight ranks after Bennett’s weight cut failed.
Leonardo did make weight at 125.9 lbs. at Wednesday afternoon’s weigh-ins and was paid despite the cancellation.
A delayed start:
Just moments before the five-fight show was to begin, a transformer blew on-site in Kansas City due to overheating, causing a power outage and a brief delay to the card.
…annnnnd the generator blew. The power went out once on Contender Series. They had it back up in about 5 mins… hoping for the best here!!! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 #InvictaFC40 @UFCFightPass
— Laura Sanko (@laura_sanko) July 3, 2020
Power outages in MMA:
This is the third card in as many years that I’ve written about to be delayed due to a power outage.
As mentioned in the embedded Laura Sanko tweet, a 2018 Contender Series event was delayed due to a power outage in the TUF Gym in Las Vegas.
On Jan. 25, 2019, TITAN FC 52 was delayed for approximately one hour because of an electricity failure, holding up that night’s championship doubleheader in Ft. Lauderdale.
In all, INVICTA FC 40 featured just one stoppage on Thursday.
You don’t need a calculator to display the 20 percent stoppage rate on the night.
The fights themselves:
Genia Goodin vs. Shelby Koren:
During the power outage delay, both fighters in the opening Strawweight fight were given the option to return to the locker room. Neither woman did.
Goodin (2-0) successfully spoiled the professional MMA debut of Koren (0-1) with a flurry of kicks and a few takedowns throughout the 15 minutes.
Although Koren scored some takedowns of her own, Goodin proved to be too tough, emerging victorious by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28.)
Trisha Cicero vs. Laura Gallardo:
This Flyweight attraction was a keenly-contested affair.
In each of the three rounds, Cicero (4-3) and Gallardo (2-1) began the period by throwing strikes at each other.
Gallardo managed to secure three takedowns in the first two rounds, but in the end, it wasn’t enough as Cicero took the fight by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28.)
Chelsea Chandler vs. Liv Parker:
The only stoppage of INVICTA FC 40 was recorded in a jiffy.
Chandler (3-1) needed just a minute and five seconds to lock in a rear-naked choke, forcing Parker (4-1) to tap out in this Featherweight match.
Co-main event: Alesha Zappitella vs. Lindsey VanZandt:
In your Atomweight co-main event, just as was the case in the earlier Cicero vs. Gallardo match in the Flyweight ranks, Zappitella (7-2) and VanZandt (7-4) began each round by throwing strikes at each other.
Zappitella accumulated some takedowns over the course of the fight, and after 15 minutes, she scored the split decision victory (29-28, 27-29, 30-27.)
Main event: Emily Ducote vs. Juliana Lima:
INVICTA FC 40’s main event was a Strawweight non-title showcase.
To begin the first two rounds, Ducote (9-6) and Lima (10-7) fired some leg kicks at each other.
Ducote scored a takedown in the second round, which proved to be the difference maker in the fight, as she took the main event by unanimous decision (29-28 on all scorecards.)