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.

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.

Stoppage rate:

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.)

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My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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