Jessica Penne works a crucifix-ish position on Lisa Ellis-Ward at Invicta 1. Photo by Esther Lin for Invicta MMA.
The atomweight title for Invicta will be on the line between the two and the other twelve fights on the card look to be a good mix of experienced WMMA veterans and young guns looking to battle their way to the top.
Jessica Penne vs. Naho Sugiyama, Atomweight Title
Shayna Baszler vs. Sarah D'Alelio, bantamweight
Barb Honchak vs. Aisling Daly, flyweight
Tara LaRosa vs. Vanessa Porto, flyweight
Leslie Smith vs. Cat Zingano, bantamweight
Michelle Waterson vs. Lacey Schuckman, atomweight
Julia Budd vs. Elaina Maxwell, featherweight
Carla Esparza vs. Lynn Alvarez, strawweight
Ashley Cummins vs. Joanne Calderwood, flyweight
Amy Davis vs. Stephanie Frausto, atomweight
Jessamyn Duke vs. Marceia Allen, bantamweight
Tecia Torres vs. Kaiyana Rain, flyweight
Katalina Malungahu vs. Taylor Straford, featherweight
Shayna Baszler is jumping right back into the ring after her controversial decision loss to Sara McMann at Invicta 2. Her opponent, Sarah D'Alelio, is fresh off a very nice reverse triangle/armbar on Vanessa Porto and looks to be in much better form than her Strikeforce experience or the bout against Julie Kedzie.
Of particular note is Cat Zingao being slated against Leslie Smith. Zingano has an advanced grappling background and was intending to compete at ADCC 2011 before some disagreements over weigh-in protocols and tournament organizing (not an uncommon issue at that tournament) caused her withdrawal upon the first day of the tournament. Smith is recovered from the broken wrist sustained during her hellbent battle with Kaitlyn Young that was judged a draw.
It seems odd to open the card with Julia Budd and Elaina Maxwell. Both are talented featherweights around and Strikeforce veterans who have produced some exciting moments in their careers. Perhaps this will get bumped up or perhaps Shannon Knapp knows what she is doing here.
Invicta 2 won quite a bit of praise for being a fun night of fights to watch (once the free stream got working again) and Invicta 3 looks to be a better card towards the top than that one.
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