Twenty-six of the world’s toughest women gathered at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday night for Invicta FC 4. The popular all-women’s professional mixed martial arts (MMA) league held their fourth event, and their first of 2013.
The main event saw 25-year-old Carla Esparza (9-2) of California go five rounds with 23-year-old “Rowdy” Bec Hyatt (4-2) of Australia to win the Invicta FC 115-pound title via unanimous decision. Hyatt, a late replacement, showed great boxing and landed many hard shots during the fight but Esparza's high level wrestling made all the difference.
Esparza was able to control where the fight took place and continuously put Hyatt on her back where she used ground and pound and top position to win each round and earn the judges' decision.
Other highlights included Alexis Davis' (13-5) third round technical submission of Shayna Baszler (15-8) in the co-main event and Veronica Rothenhausler's (1-0) first round knockout of Katalina Malungahu (2-2) in her pro debut on the preliminary card.
Here are the full Invicta FC 4 fight card results:
- Title Fight: Carla Esparza def. Bec Hyatt by unanimous decision (50-45 x 3)
- Alexis Davis def. Shayna Baszler by technical submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Rd 3 (:58)
- Leslie Smith def. Raquel Pennington by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
- Sarah D’Alelio def. Amanda Nunes by unanimous decision (30-26 x 3)
- Ediane Gomes def. Hiroko Yamanaka by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x 2)
- Joanne Calderwood def. Livia Von Plettenberg by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
- Cassie Rodish def. Stephanie Frausto by TKO (strikes) Rd 3 (1:04)
- Tamikka Brents def. Amanda Bell by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
- Jodie Esquibel def. Liz McCarthy by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
- Rose Namajunas def. Emily Kagan by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 3
- Tecia Torres def. Paige VanZant by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
- Veronica Rothenhausler def. Katalina Malungahu by knockout (punch) Rd 1 (1:12)
- Laura Marcusse-Sanko def. Cassie Robb by submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Rd 2 (1:07)
The full video replay of Invicta FC 4 is now available for on-demand viewing.