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Check out the video highlights from Friday’s Invicta FC 19 event, which included a pair of title fights.

Invicta FC 19 took place at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo., and streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

In the headliner, former interim flyweight champion and newly crowned titleholder Jennifer Maia (13-4-1) edged challenger Roxanne Modafferi (19-13) via narrow split decision. In the co-headliner, Ayaka Hamasaki’s (14-1) made her second atomweight title defense with a TKO victory (due to a doctor’s stoppage) over Jinh Yu Frey (5-2).

Elsewhere, on the card, Kal Holliday (1-0) spoiled muay Thai fighter Tiffany Van Soest’s (0-1) Invicta FC debut.

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Full Invicta FC 19 results included:

  • Champ Jennifer Maia def. Roxanne Modafferia via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) – to retain flyweight title
  • Champ Ayaka Hamasaki def Jinh Yu Frey via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 4:38 – to defend atomweight title
  • Irene Aldana def. Faith Van Duin via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:57
  • Kaline Medeiros def. Manjit Kolekar via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Kal Holliday def. Tiffany Van Soest via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:08
  • Julia Jones def. Stephanie Skinner via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:38
  • Amber Leibrock def. Amy Coleman via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:15
  • Sunna Davidsdottir def. Ashley Greenway via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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After a tough back-and-forth brawl, Brazil’s Jennifer Maia had her hand raised in victory against longtime veteran Roxanne Modafferi in the main event of Invicta FC 19 to capture the promotion’s vacant flyweight title.

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After a tough back-and-forth brawl, Brazil’s Jennifer Maia had her hand raised in victory against longtime veteran Roxanne Modafferi in the main event of Invicta FC 19 to capture the promotion’s vacant flyweight title.

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Roxanne Modafferi fell just short in her opportunity to capture a world championship on her 34th birthday when she lost a split decision to Jennifer Maia in Friday’s Invcita FC 19 headliner, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo.

Maia (13-4-1) entered the week as the interim 125-pound champion, but the day before the event, titleholder Barb Honchak was stripped of the belt. Maia became the new titleholder, and the bout with Modefferi (19-13) was promoted to a regular championship contest.

With the stakes at a peak, Maia and Modafferi went back-and-forth for five competitive rounds. Maia started strong, winning the opening round with a more effective offensive output. Modafferi refused to fade, though, coming back and taking the second and third rounds with the help of some timely takedowns and solid ground work.

Maia wouldn’t go away once she was down either, however, because in a crucial fourth round she fought at her best, tagging Modafferi with hard shots that caused noticeable bruising on the face. That put the fight up for grabs in the final frame.

The fifth and deciding round was arguably the most competitive of all. Both fighters connected with a solid rate of strikes, but with more than 20 minutes of fighting already under their belts, the energy needed to finish the fight simply wasn’t there.

That left the result to the judges. One had it in Modefferi’s favor 48-47, but ultimately that score was overruled by 48-47 and 49-46 scorecards for the Brazilian, and Maia got the victory.

“I’m happy that the level over here in Invicta, everyone is tough,” Maia said through an interpreter in her post-fight interview with Laura Sanko. “I’m happy to be here and do a war for Invicta.”

Hamasaki defends title with controversial cut stoppage
Ayaka Hamasaki’s (14-1) second Invicta FC atomweight title defense ended in disappointing and somewhat controversial fashion. She defeated Jinh Yu Frey (5-2) by second-round doctor’s stoppage due to a large cut that was opened around Frey’s left eye due to a punch.

The fight got off to a strong start for the challenger Frey. She pressured the champion on the feet and from the clinch before Hamasaki went for a standing americana that failed and ended with Frey in full mount. Frey nearly earned a stoppage with an onslaught of ground-and-pound, but the crafty Hamasaki fended off Frey’s advances to escape the round.

In the second frame, both sides entered a groove with their striking exchanges, but neither was able to connect with anything significant to change the tone of the fight. But with about 15 seconds in the round Hamasaki backed Frey up with a straight right hand followed by an overhand right that opened a large cut on the edge of Frey’s eyebrow.

The blood started to leak out immediately once the punch landed, and even thought there was less than 10 seconds in the round, the referee decided to halt the action and have the cageside doctor check the cut. A decision was quickly made to not allow the fight to continue, giving Hamasaki her 14th win in 15 career bouts.

Frey unsurprisingly protested the stoppage, insisting she could have continued with the contest despite the considerable amount of blood caused by the cut.

“It’s pretty disappointing,” Frey said. “I had a lot left in me and I won the first round. It’s always disheartening for it to end that way. Both of us wanted to fight it out.”

Despite the triumphant performance and title defense, Hamasaki echoed Frey’s sentiments and said she would have liked the chance to provide a more definitive ending to the bout.

“I wanted to fight to the moment I could beat her, and not get stopped by the referee,” Hamasaki said through an interpreter. “In that sense I’m disappointed.”

Aldana bloodies Van Duin with buzzer-beater TKO
Irene Aldana (7-2) gave Faith Van Duin (6-3) an unpleasant welcome to the Invicta FC bantamweight division with a violent first-round TKO finish which marked her fourth victory in her past five fights.

Van Duin came out strong in the contest, surprising Aldana with her power and landing numerous hard blows. Aldana remained composed, though, patiently waiting to find her range and finding the right times to attack.

Once Aldana became settled in the offense came at a quick and painful pace. She hurt Van Duin with combinations, scoring two knockdowns in less than two minutes. Van Duin didn’t get up from the second one, however, because Aldana followed up with a flurry of punches that caused the blood to flow and for the referee to step in and stop the fight with three seconds remaining in the round.

Aldana’s lone defeat under the Invicta FC banner was against current 135-pound champion Tonya Evinger, and after her win, the Mexican fighter hinted she’s interest in a rematch.

Holliday spoils Van Soest’s MMA debut
The heavily hyped MMA debut of mauy-thai star Tiffany Van Soest (0-1) did not go according to plan. “Time Bomb” suffered a second-round submission loss to a tough Kal Holliday (1-0).

It was clear from the outset that Holliday had no intention of standing with Van Soest in the strawweight affair. That was the correct game plan, because early in the fight she took the action to the ground and began advancing her position. She eventually got the back and nearly finished the job with a rear-naked choke, but Van Soest hung tough and escaped to her feet, where she landed a big front kick and right hand that dropped her opponent to the ground. She couldn’t get the knockout, though, and the bout went to a second frame.

Holliday went right back to her takedown game in the second round. Van Soest put up a bit more a struggle before being put on her back, and that’s when Holliday worked into the same rear-naked choke position she was in earlier in the fight, but this time she completed the job for the win.

“This has been my dream for a while now and I really wanted to have a good time and soak up this experience,” Holliday said. “I knew win or lose I would come out a better fighter.”

Invicta FC 19 results:

  • Jennifer Maia def. Roxanne Modafferia via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) – to retain flyweight title
  • Ayaka Hamasaki def Jinh Yu Frey via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 4:38 – to defend atomweight title
  • Irene Aldana def. Faith Van Duin via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:57
  • Kaline Medeiros def. Manjit Kolekar via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Kal Holliday def. Tiffany Van Soest via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:08
  • Julia Jones def. Stephanie Skinner via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:38
  • Amber Leibrock def. Amy Coleman via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:15
  • Sunna Davidsdottir def. Ashley Greenway via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

For more on Invicta FC 19, check out the MMA Events section of the card.

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Jennifer Maia was presented the Invicta FC flyweight title prior to weigh-ins for Invicta FC 19 earlier this week.

Friday night, she went out and earned the belt, scoring a decision over Roxanne Modafferi in the main event. The entire card aired live on UFC Fight Pass.

Invicta FC officials stripped Barb Honchak of the belt and presented it to Maia, who was the interim champion, on Thursday.

In the co-main event, Ayaka Hamasaki remained atomweight champion with a second round TKO over Jinh Yu Frey.

Complete results can be found below:

Jennifer Maia def. Roxanne Modafferi via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) to remain Invicta FC flyweight champion

Ayaka Hamasaki def. Jinh Yu Frey via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 4:38 of Round 2 to remain Invicta FC atomweight champion

Irene Aldana def. Faith Van Duin via TKO (strikes) at 4:57 of Round 1

Kaline Medeiros def. Manjit Kolekar via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Kal Holliday def. Tiffany Van Soest via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:08 of Round 2

Julia Jones def. Stephanie Skinner via submission (armbar) at 2:38 of Round 1

Amber Leibrock def. Amy Coleman via TKO (knees) at 3:15 of Round 1

Sunna Ranveig Davidsdottir def. Ashley Greenway via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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Invicta FC is set for two title tilts Friday evening.

Invicta FC interim flyweight champion Jennifer Maia will take on Roxanne Modafferi in the main event. The bout will determine a new undisputed champion after Invicta stripped Barb Honchak of the title prior to the event, according to Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting.

In the co-main event, atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki defends against Jinh Yu Frey.

All told, there will be eight bouts for the 19th edition of Invicta FC. Bleacher Report will begin coverage of the event at 8 p.m. ET. You can watch live on UFC Fight Pass. Come back for full coverage of a great fight card by Invicta FC.

 

Invicta FC 19 Fight Card

  • Flyweight Championship: Jennifer Maia vs. Roxanne Modafferi
  • Atomweight Championship: Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Jinh Yu Frey
  • Irene Aldana vs. Faith Van Duin
  • Manjit Kolekar vs. Kaline Medeiros
  • Tiffany van Soest vs. Kalyn Schwartz
  • Julia Jones vs. Stephanie Skinner
  • Amber Leibrock vs. Amy Coleman
  • Ashley Greenway vs. Sunna Rannveig Davidsdottir

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Invicta Fighting Championships, the world’s leading all-female mixed martial arts promotion, returns with another event on Friday with a championship belt at stake.

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Even at the age of 38, Brazilian grappling specialist Demian Maia has mesmerized and bewildered the mixed martial arts (MMA) worlds by strangling some of the best welterweights in the world. His most recent victory, a first-round submission win over Carlos Condit at UFC on FOX 21, propelled Maia to 6-0 since his loss to Rory MacDonald back in 2014.

With the division in his rear view and a Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title shot within his reach, Maia seems focused and determined to do everything in his power to earn his first promotional belt. Even a potential money fight with the returning Georges St-Pierre won’t pull Maia away from his golden aspirations.

“I’m honored that he mentioned my name because he’s a legend,” said Maia regarding GSP mentioning his name as a potential opponent, per a recent interview by MMA Fighting. “He’s maybe the only fighter to leave as champion. He’s one of the best, for sure, alongside Anderson (Silva). I consider Anderson the best of all time, but he’s definitely the No. 2. But my goal is to fight for the title. I want to fight for the title. After that, it would be a pleasure to fight him or anyone else. If everything goes according to my plans, I’ll come out as champion and then I can fight him next.”

In a time when champions like Conor McGregor are jumping up two weight classes to take monumental money fights, Maia seems content to stay in his line, continue his divisional rise and lock down what he believes is rightfully his.

“I know I can become champion and that’s an important factor,” added Maia. “Maybe some people don’t think they can be champion. I don’t know which reasons they might have, or if they just prefer money. I didn’t choose this career for money. When I started training, I did it because I liked it, and I never had money for anything in my life.”

“My goal is to win the belt. If I have to wait for Woodley to fight Thompson, it’s not the end of the world. It’s definitely a better scenario if I can fight first, but when people ask me who deserves it most, you can make the case for each one of us with good arguments. Thinking as an analyst, it’s hard to say for sure. It’s 50-50.”

With current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley dictating his own future, it may be hard for the Brazilian tactician to squeeze his way past guys like St-Pierre, Stephen Thompson and even Nick Diaz. But if the promotion wants to award a title shot to the welterweight who deserves it, Maia is probably the most logical choice.

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Stream or download Tuesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Demian Maia, Jessica Eye and Dave Hirschbein.

Maia is proud of his first-round submission win over Carlos Condit at UFC on FOX 21, and he wants UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley next. Eye is focused for her hometown fight against Bethe Correia on Sept. 10 at UFC 203 in Cleveland. Hirschbein is the founder and CEO of MMAGOLD, a Sacramento, Calif.-based gym that has fighters in the UFC, Bellator, WSOF and Invicta FC.

You can listen below, or directly download (right click) the episode.

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A potential Georges St-Pierre return has been a hot topic in the world of MMA since his decision to step away from the sport as UFC welterweight champ in December 2013.

In recent months, the talk has intensified with St-Pierre (23-2 MMA 19-2 UFC) saying he is in talks with the UFC to return as well as enrolling in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency drug-testing program. The program requires four months of testing prior to an athlete competing in the octagon, barring special circumstances.

During an appearance on UFC Tonight, St-Pierre was questioned about his enrollment in the USADA program and the timing of his four months lining up with UFC 206, which happens to take place Dec. 10 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto in his home country of Canada.

St-Pierre acknowledged the desire to return at the event and named welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, Nick Diaz and Demian Maia as opponents he would like to face.

“These guys can elevate me,” St-Pierre said. “They’re not necessarily guys I’m supposed to beat.  … To get far in this game, it’s not about who’s got the biggest balls. It’s a straight line. You’ve got to know who you’ve got to beat.”

Woodley (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) has previously stated a willingness to bypass a fight with top contender Stephen Thompson (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) in favor of a bout with St-Pierre or Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC), stating a desire to make money overrides a fight with the top ranked contender.

Maia (24-6 MMA, 18-6 UFC) is coming off a quick submission win over former title challenger Carlos Condit, a performance so impressive many have called for the Brazilian to leapfrog Thompson.

St-Pierre also addressed criticisms made by UFC President Dana White, who claimed St-Pierre no longer had the drive to be a champion tduring a radio show appearance.

Laughing off the comments, St-Pierre said it would take only moments for everyone to see his desire is as strong as ever.

“He doesn’t know anything about me,” St-Pierre said. “I’m a smart guy. I’m not the kind of guy who (makes angry noises). Oh, I’m going to fight for peanuts. Let me fight once and you’ll see in the first minute of the fight that he’s wrong.

“Let me fight Tyron Woodley then. We’ll see if I don’t want to be champion again.”

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