Joanne Calderwood vs Livia Von Plettenberg
Round One: Von Plettenberg hanging tough despite huge height and reach disadvantage. Calderwood scores a brilliant takedown in the waning seconds, sealing the deal on the round.
Round Two: Calderwood utilizing the jab and finding range with high kicks. Von Plettenberg simply outmatched in the striking game midway through the second round. Calderwood is getting the best of a clinching match with two minutes remaining in the round, but she starts to get loose and throw strikes. Calderwood finds range with a stiff jab and opens a mouse over her opponent's left eye. Calderwood barely misses with an ax kick, but she finishes the round out strong to take a decisive 2-0 lead.
Round Three: Calderwood opens with a front kick to the face, and Von Plettenberg is fading fast. Calderwood throwing everything at her opponent, mixing her attack with body shots, front kicks and strikes to the face. Von Plettenberg proves she's a game opponent and a true warrior, but Calderwood imposing her will with two minutes left in the round. Von Plettenberg catches a second wind with 60 seconds to go in the round, but a hemotoma is growing on her forehead. Calderwood finishes out a lopsided decision win with devastating strikes.
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 (Rodish via TKO)
145 lbs.: Tamikka Brents vs. Amanda Bell (Brents via split decision)
105 lbs.: Liz McCarthy vs. Jodie Esquibel (Esquibel via split decision)
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)