Invicta Fighting Championships showcased its 21st all-female card tonight at the Kansas City Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri. Invicta FC 21 was headlined by an interim featherweight championship bout between top contenders Megan Anderson and Charmaine “Not So Sweet” Tweet.
In the bantamweight co-feature, Pannie Kianzad squared off against fellow veteran Raquel “Lionheart” Pa’aluhi. Elizabeth Phillips battled Leah “Nidas” Letson in a short-notice featherweight matchup. MMARising.com has live play-by-play for tonight’s Invicta Fighting Championships 21 card.
Invicta FC Interim Featherweight Championship
Megan Anderson vs Charmaine “Not So Sweet” Tweet
Referee for this bout is Greg Franklin. Anderson scored first with two stiff jabs and a head kick early on, and she followed with a right cross that led to a clinch against the cage. Anderson landed knees until Tweet broke free and kicked at her lead leg. Hard right hands landed for both women and Anderson stumbled before securing another clinch.
Anderson recovered and swarmed on Tweet with a barrage of punches. Tweet survived and the fighters exchanged more knees in a clinch. Tweet broke free and landed a spinning backfist that led to a guillotine choke. Both women landed hooks late in the round and Tweet stunned Anderson again. She countered an Anderson takedown with a guillotine choke at the bell. 10-9 Anderson.
The second round began with an exchange of power punches and Anderson clinched after landing a solid one-two. She continued to batter Tweet with punches that opened cuts near Tweet’s right eye. Tweet turned her back on two occasions and ultimately stopped defending herself as Anderson assaulted her with left and right hands and a final head kick, and the fight was waved off.
Winner: Megan Anderson by TKO (Punches & Head Kick) at 2:05 of round two. She improves to 8-2-0 and becomes the Invicta FC Interim Featherweight Champion.
Raquel “Lionheart” Pa’aluhi vs Pannie Kianzad
Referee for this bout is Mike England. Pa’aluhi took Kianzad down into side control in the opening minute and she threw knees to the body. Pa’aluhi used punches to set up a transition to back control and she worked for a rear-naked choke. She eventually sunk in the choke and Kianzad was forced to submit.
Winner: Raquel Pa’aluhi by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:40 of round one. She improves to 6-5-0.
Leah “Nidas” Letson vs Elizabeth Phillips
Referee for this bout is Mike England. Letson landed a hard left hand early in the opening round and Phillips cracked her with a counter right. The fighters continued to trade punches until Letson sent Phillips careening to the canvas with a devastating head kick. She landed more punches on the ground and the fight was stopped.
Winner: Leah Letson by KO (Head Kick) at 1:18 of round one. She improves to 4-1-0.
Aspen Ladd vs Sijara “Sarj” Eubanks
Referee for this bout is Greg Franklin. Eubanks shrugged off an early takedown attempt and scored with one-two combos that kept Ladd at bay. Ladd found her range and backed Eubanks up with jabs and lead left hooks. Quick combinations and a head kick landed for Ladd, which prompted Eubanks to fire back with kicks and a takedown attempt. Ladd countered with elbows and an inverted triangle choke. The fighters stood and Eubanks slammed Ladd down, but Ladd tied her up from the bottom and postured for an armbar. Eubanks landed short punches in a clinch at the bell. Close round. 10-9 Ladd.
Ladd walked Eubanks down with punches in the second round, but Eubanks connected with a nice spinning backfist that briefly halted Ladd’s momentum. Ladd resumed her forward march and mixed in standing elbows. Eubanks answered back with leg kicks, but Ladd rushed in with a four-punch flurry. Big left hooks landed for Ladd and she fought off a takedown attempt by landing elbows to the side of Eubanks’s head. The fighters traded stikes in the final seconds and Eubanks landed a head kick at the bell. 10-9 Ladd.
Ladd landed knees to the body in a lengthy clinch in round three, and she threw Eubanks to the ground against the cage. From the top, Ladd scored with short strikes while Eubanks looked to set up a sweep. Eubanks eventually managed to escape into top position and Ladd countered with an armbar attempt from the bottom. Eubanks broke free, but she was unable to land anything damaging from the top and Ladd trapped her in a guillotine choke as the fight ended. 10-9 Ladd.
Judge Henry Gueary: 30-27 Ladd. Judge Brett Miller: 30-27 Ladd. Judge Kevin Champion: 29-28 Ladd.
Winner: Aspen Ladd by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) after three rounds. She improves to 5-0-0.
Andrea “KGB” Lee vs Jenny Liou
Referee for this bout is Mike England. Lee picked her opponent apart with punching combinations right away and Liou was forced to backpedal while throwing wild punches. Lee spun Liou around with punches and followed with knees. She dropped Liou with a left hook to the liver and the fight was stopped as Lee teed off with punches.
Winner: Andrea Lee by KO (Punch To The Body) at 1:14 of round one. She improves to 5-2-0.
Amy “The Resurrection” Cadwell Montenegro vs Celine Haga
Referee for this bout is Greg Franklin. Haga opened the fight with side kicks and Montenegro responded with right hands. More kicks landed for Haga and Montenegro continued to counter with straight rights. In the clinch, Montenegro landed knees to the body until Haga dragged her down to the mat. Haga attempted a rear-naked choke as Montenegro began to bleed from the nose. Haga switched to her signature arm-triangle choke, but Montenegro held on and she managed to escape with 30 seconds to go. She attacked with an armbar and Haga tapped after time had expired. 10-9 Haga.
Montenegro muscled Haga down to the ground in round two and briefly struck from the top, but Haga scrambled up to her feet and tried for a takedown against the cage. Montenegro defended well and landed knees to the body. She reversed a takedown and dropped elbows from Haga’s half-guard. Haga tried to escape to her feet and Montenegro used a guillotine choke to push her back down. Punches and hammerfists scored for Montenegro, who stood over Haga and kicked at her legs. The fighters stood and battled in a clinch against the fence until the end of the round. 10-9 Montenegro.
Haga failed with a judo throw attempt to begin round three, but she initiated a scramble and quickly transitioned into an armbar. Montenegro escaped and took top position, which allowed her to land elbows to the head and body. Haga got back to full guard and attempted heel hooks on both of Montenegro’s legs. Montenegro landed more elbows and took Haga’s back, then locked on a rear-naked choke. Haga refused to tap out, but Montenegro landed punches and continued to work for chokes. Haga eventually stood and fought off a guillotine choke attempt. She locked on a tight rear-naked choke and Montenegro was rendered unconscious after the bell sounded. 10-9 Montenegro.
Winner: Amy Cadwell Montenegro by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds. She improves to 8-2-0.
Christine “Misfit” Ferea vs Rachael Ostovich
Referee for this bout is Mike England. The fight began with an exchange of kicks as the fighters circled and looked to find their range. Ferea scored with a punch-kick combo and followed with stiff jabs. Ostovich countered with a takedown attempt, but Ferea punished her with elbows and reversed the takedown. Back on the feet, Ferea threw kicks to Ostovich’s lead leg and body. Ostovich tried for a takedown and Ferea stuffed it. More kicks were exchanged and Ostovich took Ferea down very briefly. Ferea stood and landed elbows in the clinch. 10-9 Ferea.
Ostovich opened round two with a spinning back kick to the body and she took Ferea down after ducking under a right hand. Ostovich quickly transitioned to back control and peppered Ferea with punches. She worked for rear-naked chokes and Ferea defended. She punched backwards and repeatedly struck Ostovich in the face, but Ostovich spun into an armbar in the final 15 seconds. 10-9 Ostovich.
Both women landed hard right hands early in the final round and Ostovich got Ferea down very briefly. A big head kick rocked Ostovich and Ferea unloaded with uppercuts as Ostovich tried for a desperation takedown. Ferea landed knees to the body and more punches on the ground until the fight was finally stopped.
Winner: Christine Ferea by TKO (Head Kick & Punches) at 1:29 of round three. She improves to 1-0-0.