It’s a busy weekend in combat sports, and Invicta FC is here to bring you another tournament tonight (March 6th).
From the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas, the third “Phoenix Rising” card will commence. Eight women will compete in a one-night, single-elimination tournament. Unlike the previous two tourneys, no belt is on the line for the winner, as the main event is for the actual bantamweight championship between Lisa Verzosa and Julija Stoliarenko.
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 tournament champ. 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.
Oh yeah, and open scoring will be implemented tonight so keep an eye on that.
The fight card is as follows:
Bantamweight Title: Julija Stoliarenko def. Lisa Verzosa via split decision (48-46, 46-49, 49-46) to become Invicta FC bantamweight champion
Strawweight: Kay Hansen def. Liana Pirosin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Bantamweight Tournament Final: Taneisha Tennant def. Taylor Guardado via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal: Taneisha Tennant def. Hope Chase via unanimous decision
Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal: Taylor Guardado def. Serena DeJesus via split decision
Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal No. 4: Taneisha Tennant def. Brittney Victoria via unanimous decision
Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal No. 3: Hope Chase def. Julia Ottolino via unanimous decision
Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal No. 2: Taylor Guardado def. Claire Guthrie via unanimous decision
Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal No. 1: Serena DeJesus def. Kerri Kenneson via unanimous decision
Bantamweight Reserve Bout No. 2: Mitzi Merry def. Morgan Hickam via unanimous decision
Bantamweight Reserve Bout No. 1: Kelly Clayton def. Florina Moeller via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:51 of round 1