It’s another busy weekend in combat sports, and Invicta FC is here to bring you something special tonight (May 3rd).
From the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas, the inaugural “Phoenix Rising” series will commence. Eight women will vie for the vacant strawweight title in a one-night tournament. Unfortunately, MIZUKI and Janaisa Morandin were unable to make weight for this event, so they’ve been replaced by Amber Brown and Manjir Kolekar respectively. Beyond that, the tournament starts off with one-round quarterfinals, and the semifinals will be randomized if there are no finishes. Otherwise the person with the fastest finish gets to choose her opponent. The semis are also one round, followed by a three-round tournament final to crown the winner and thus the champion. Fighters aren’t allowed to compete for more than five-rounds in a single night, hence the final is just three rounds and the other two tournament bouts are a combined two rounds.
The full fight card is as follows:
Strawweight Co-Main Event (non-title): Magdaléna Šormová def. Kay Hansen by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Strawweight Tournament Reserve: Alyssa Krahn def. Itzel Esquivel by split decision (10-9, 9-10, 10-9)
Strawweight Tournament Quarterfinal: Sharon Jacobson def. Amber Brown via unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)
Strawweight Tournament Quarterfinal: Brianna Van Buren def. Manjit Kolekar by armbar at 3:20 of round 1
Strawweight Tournament Quarterfinal: Juliana Lima def. Danielle Taylor by split decision (10-9, 9-10, 10-9)
Strawweight Tournament Quarterfinal: Kailin Curran def. Sunna Davidsdottir by split decision (10-9, 9-10, 10-9)
Strawweight Tournament Semifinal: Brianna Van Buren def. Juliana Lima by unanimous decision (10-9 x3)
Strawweight Tournament Semifinal: Kailin Curran def. Sharon Jacobson by unanimous decision (10-9 x3)
Strawweight Tournament Final/Championship: Brianna Van Buren def. Kailin Curran by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:49 in round 2