During the fight, Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp tweeted that Invicta FC 4 is now a free event due to problems with payment processing.
"@InvictaFights we are pulling the pay wall down and refunding all payments made due to difficulty in purchasing event," Knapp tweeted. "Enjoy the show!"
Liz McCarthy vs Jodie Esquibel
Round One: Excellent back-and-forth standup war in the opening minute, but Esquibel getting the better of the exchanges with three minutes left in the frame. McCarthy fires back with a gorgeous left-right combo to the face, but Esquibel fires back with leg kicks and a strike to the face. Fight goes to the mat with 1:26 left, and Esquibel winds up on her back. Color commentator Julie Kedzie praises the high-level striking from both fighters, and Bas Rutten agrees that the opening round could have gone either way.
Round Two: McCarthy putting on a striking clinic, but Esquibel comes away unfazed. Esquibel throws a superwoman punch as time winds down. Both fighters content to keep it standing.
Round Three: High-level striking all around. King Mo and Bas Rutten scored it 29-28 for Esquibel.
Esquibel won via split decision.
The rest of the Invicta FC 4 card is still to come. In the main event and first-ever Invicta FC world strawweight (115 pounds) championship fight, Carla Esparza (8-2) of Redondo Beach, Calif. will face off with rising star “Rowdy” Bec Hyatt (4-1) of Brisbane, Australia.
In the bantamweight (135 pounds) co-main event, submission ace Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler (15-7) of Sioux Falls, S.D. will battle top-ranked striker Alexis Davis (12-5) of Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada.
Also on the main card, Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (4-2-1) squares off against Raquel “Rocky” Pennington (3-2-1) of Colorado Springs, Colo. in a bantamweight tilt, and Amanda Nunes takes on Sarah D'Alelio.
In other Invicta FC 4 main card action, Hiroko Yamanaka (12-2) fights the always entertaining Ediane Gomes (8-2) in a featherweight (145 pounds) contest, and the strawweights take center stage when Joanne Calderwood slugs it out with Livia Von Plettenberg.
Invicta FC 4 Main Card
115 lb. title: Carla Esparza vs. Bec Hyatt
135 lbs.: Shayna Baszler vs. Alexis Davis
135 lbs.: Leslie Smith vs. Raquel Pennington
135 lbs.: Amanda Nunes vs. Sarah D'Alelio
145 lbs.: Ediane Gomes vs. Hiroko Yamanaka
115 lbs.: Joanne Calderwood vs. Livia Von Plettenberg
Invicta FC 4 Preliminary Card
105 lbs.: Stephanie Frausto vs. Cassie Rodish
145 lbs.: Tamikka Brents vs. Amanda Bell
105 lbs.: Liz McCarthy vs. Jodie Esquibel
115 lbs.: Emily Kagan vs. Rose Namajunas (Namajunas via third-round rear-naked choke)
115 lbs.: Tecia Torres vs. Paige VanZant (Torres via unanimous decision victory)
145 lbs.: Katalina Malungahu vs. Veronica Rothenhausler (Rothenhausler via first-round TKO)
105 lbs.: Laura Marcusse-Sanko vs. Cassie Robb (Sanko via submission; second-round rear-naked choke)