Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza vs Lynn “Lights Out” Alvarez

Round 1:
Referee for this bout is Rob Hinds. Esparza used a quick single-leg to take Alvarez down to the mat and wasted no time in passing to side control. She tried to pin Alvarez’s right arm down while throwing short punches and elbows. Esparza made it to mount and landed a series of punches. Alvarez rolled to her sides to try to defend, but Esparza landed numerous punches until the bout was finally waved off.

Winner: Carla Esparza by TKO (Punches) at 2:53 of round one. She improves to 8-2-0.


Joanne Calderwood vs Ashley “Smashley” Cummins

Round 1:
Referee for this bout is Greg Franklin. The fighters traded jabs for the opening minute of the fight and Cummins came up just short with a combination. She clinched and put Calderwood against the cage where both women landed knees. More jabs were exchanged and Calderwood shrugged off a clinch attempt. A vicious knee to the body put Cummins down instantly and the fight was immediately waved off. Cummins was clearly in severe pain, but got up on her own power after a moment.

Winner: Joanne Calderwood by KO (Knee To The Body) at 3:13 of round one. She improves to 4-0-0.


Stephanie “Macaquinha” Frausto vs Amy “Lil’ Dynamite” Davis

Round 1:
Referee for this bout is Greg Franklin. Frausto immediately rushed forward with punches and took Davis down to the mat. She landed punches from the top and locked on a guillotine choke. Frausto pulled guard with the guillotine and Davis tapped out.

Winner: Stephanie Frausto by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:48 of round one. She improves to 4-4-0.


Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke vs Marciea “Black Widow” Allen

Round 1:
Referee for this bout is Michelle Drake Browning. Both fighters landed jabs and leg kicks early in the fight and Allen looked to set up right hooks. She landed one, but Duke responded with a body kick and a left hook. Allen landed a Superman Punch and backed Duke up to the cage with a combination. Duke managed to reverse a clinch and she put Allen on her back.

From the top in half-guard, Duke landed elbows. Allen tried to scramble out to escape, but Duke countered with an inverted heel hook. Allen fought free and took top position. She rained down big right hands that knocked Duke’s mouthpiece out, but Duke maintained her composure and locked on an armbar. She went belly-down with the armbar and Allen was forced to submit.

Winner: Jessamyn Duke by Submission (Armbar) at 4:42 of round one. She improves to 2-0-0.


Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres vs Kaiyana Rain

Round 1:
Referee for this bout is Michelle Drake Browning. Leg kicks were exchanged early on and Torres landed a nice kick to the body. Rain responded with a head kick attempt and the fighters traded hard punches. Rain backed Torres up to the cage with a running side kick to the body and both women battled for position in the clinch. Torres landed quick elbows over the top, but Rain did well to keep her pinned against the fence.

Short right hands were exchanged and Torres tried to mix in knees to the body. Rain landed some knees of her own and the fighters continued to battle in close. Torres finally broke away and threw a leg kick, but Rain immediately responded with a spinning backfist that landed. Torres pressed forward with a huge flurry of punches that badly rocked Rain and forced her to retreat. Rain recovered and the round ended in a clinch. 10-9 Torres.

Round 2:
An exchange of body kicks opened round two and Rain attempted a flying knee and a head kick. Torres circled out and Rain tried for another head kick. More kicks to the lead leg and body landed for Rain and Torres answered back with a solid punching combination. Torres landed a hard right hook and Rain tried to suplex her to the mat. She could not do so and Torres remained on her feet.

Torres threw a quick one-two and narrowly missed with an axe kick. Rain backed Torres up with punches briefly, but Torres circled to the side and landed a flurry of her own. The fighters clinched and Torres broke away with a right hand. Torres continued to find a home for her right hook, but Rain landed one of her own and a grazing head kick just before the bell. Close round. 10-9 Torres.

Round 3:
Rain caught a kick and tried for a takedown to begin round three. Torres pulled her leg free and backed Rain up with a counter right. Rain threw a head kick and landed one to the body, but it was immediately countered by a Torres one-two. Once again, Rain clinched for a takedown and she briefly eyed a standing arm-triangle choke. Torres fought free and used quick punches to create space to back away. Rain pressed the action, but Torres’s counter rights were on point and she landed repeatedly to Rain’s jaw.

Rain secured a clinch and Torres punished her with high knees. Rain flurried and Torres circled away from the clinch. Rain’s left eye began to swell up as she and Torres traded punches in the centre of the cage. Rain countered Torres’s punches with a brief clinch attempt, but Torres easily evaded. In the final seconds, Rain used a bulldog choke to drag Torres down, but Torres took her back in the process and worked for a rear-naked choke until the end of the round. 10-9 Torres.

Judge Kevin Champion: 30-27 Torres. Judge Victoria Miller-Pence: 30-27 Torres. Judge Henry Gueary: 30-27 Torres.

Winner: Tecia Torres by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds. She improves to 1-0-0.


Ediene “India” Gomes vs Katalina Malungahu

Round 1:
Referee for this bout is Rob Hinds. Malungahu threw looping right hooks early on and stunned Gomes, but Gomes managed to recover and scored a takedown. She worked for a heel hook, then let it go and landed elbows from Malungahu’s guard. Malungahu battled back to her feet and scored with more overhand rights. Gomes took her back down and landed in half-guard. Gomes snuck in some short elbows and used them to pass all the way to mount.

Malungahu rolled over and gave up her back. Gomes took advantage by working for a rear-naked choke, but Malungahu managed to escape. Gomes retook mount and landed some big punches before trying for an arm-triangle choke. Malungahu again escaped, but she gave up her back once more and this time Gomes was able to secure a rear-naked choke for the tap.

Winner: Ediene Gomes by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:19 of round one. She improves to 9-2-0.


  1. Much love to Danielle West. Julia Budd seemed just stronger, which doesn’t always make the best fighter.

  2. Zingano had a strength advantage, but I could swear Raquel’s knees were hurting her more than the other way around.

    Cat’s athleticism is something… she used to fight at 125 lbs.

  3. Wow. Tara LaRosa is slow. What happened to her?

  4. Wow… Tara LaRosa looks slow and out of shape. Vanessa Porto is picking her apart.

  5. Gotta love Leslie Smith!

  6. Wow!!!!
    And, IMO, rd 1 was a clear 10-9 to Leslie. She won the stand-up and controlled Young on the floor.

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  8. Tara larosa looked off tonight, maybe she is just burned out, because she is way better than she showed last night. Even then the fight was good, invictafc delivered again, lets see we had the ufc, bellator and onefc, butGUESS WHAT INVICTAFC OUTPERFORMED THEM ALL, the days of saying there isnt enough depth in womens mma are long gone. Yes some div are more stacked than others but now the ladies have a home you will see the other div catchup to 135and 115 div, 125 is close and 145still need some time