Invicta FC 5 Results: Michelle Waterson and Barb Honchak Capture Titles

April 6, 2013
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002_Jessica_Penne_vs_Michelle_Waterson-Esther LinInvicta Fighting Championships crowned two new champions on Friday at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Kansas.

Michelle Waterson defeated Jessica Penne to become the new Invicta FC Atomweight Champion in a back and forth battle in the main event.

The fight was largely a grappling contest.  Penne pulled guard early in the first round and controlled Waterson.  Waterson bounced back in the second stanza, securing two takedowns and mounting Penne.

In the third round, Penne sunk in an arm bar and looked to be extremely close to finishing the fight, but Waterson fought though.

The end came in the fourth round when Penne worked for a takedown.  Waterson sprawled and worked for a kimura.  As Penne defended the submission, Waterson transitioned and locked on an arm bar that forced Penne to tap out.

Michelle Waterson Victory Invicta 5-Esther Lin“You just can’t quit, even when you feel like you can’t go on,” said Waterson following the fight.  “She almost got me in the third and I just told myself to keep going.  She’s a (expletive) awesome fighter.  She has so much heart.  I just want to thank her for taking the fight and it’s a dream come true.”

Barb Honchak became the first ever Invicta FC flyweight champion, defeating Vanessa Porto by unanimous decision.  The fight played out like a kickboxing bout.  Honchak put out a higher volume of strikes.  She was able to put together combinations and dictate the pace of the fight.  Porto landed hard leg kicks but it wasn’t enough to overcome Honchak’s steady attack.

“I feel awesome.  Vanessa, props goes to her.  She was an amazing opponent for this title,” said Honchak after the win.  “It’s nice to bring a title back to Miletich Fighting Systems.”

Former Strikeforce featherweight titleholder Cris “Cyborg” Santos looked like she hasn’t missed a beat since being away from competition since December 2011 due to testing positive to performance enhancing drugs.  She dropped Fiona Muxlow with the first punch of the fight and battered her way to a technical knockout victory.

“I’m very happy to come back and I want to fight soon,” said Santos in her post-fight interview.

The win earned her a shot at the vacant Invicta featherweight title against Marloes Coenen.  The two previoiusly fought in Strikeforce in January 2010 with Santos defeating Coenen by TKO.

“I’m very excited to fight Marloes Coenen.  She’s a very good fighter,” she said.  “I want a good fight in July.”

During the broadcast, Coenen said she hoped Santos won because it’s a rematch she’s been wanting for a long time.

Former Strikeforce bantamweight champion Sarah Kaufman, on loan to Invicta FC by the UFC, bounced back from her loss to Ronda Rousey by defeating Leslie Smith by split decision.  Kaufman had to rebound from adversity when Smith landed a high kick in the second round that knocked Kaufman down.  In the end, Kaufman’s boxing proved to be the difference.

“I knew that Leslie was going to be a tough opponent coming in.  She might not be the most technical, but what she does she’s really good at,” said Kaufman following the win.  “She came in, she gave a great performance.  It was an exciting fight for the fans.”

“It doesn’t matter how I feel right now.  The judges decided that she won,” said Smith following the loss.

Jennifer Maia controlled former Bellator MMA titleholder Zoila Frausto Gurgel throughout the three rounds of their bout winning by unanimous decision by dictating the pace and utilizing the clinch.

Julia Taylor remained undefeated by defeating veteran Kaitlin Young by unanimous decision. Julia Budd won for the first time in her career by submission and extended her win streak to three by defeating Mollie Estes by rear naked choke while Bec Hyatt settled her grudge with Jasminka Cive, winning by arm bar in the first round.

Invicta FC 5 Results

Main Bouts:
-Michelle Waterson def. Jessica Penne by submission (arm bar) at 2:31, R4
-Barb Honchak def. Vanessa Porto by unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 48-47)
-Cris Cyborg Santos def. Fiona Muxlow by TKO at 3:46, R1
-Sarah Kaufman def. Leslie Smith by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
-Jennifer Maia def. Zoila Frausto Gurgel by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
-Lauren Taylor def. Kaitlin Young by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Julia Budd def. Mollie Estes by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:04, R3
-Bec Hyatt def. Jasminka Cive by submission (arm bar) at 3:30, R1

Preliminary Bouts:
-Simona Soukupova def. Cassie Rodish by submission (guillotine choke) at 3:20, R2
-Miriam Nakamoto def. Jessamyn Duke by KO at 2:20, R1
-Katja Kankaanpaa def. Juliana Carnerio Lima by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
-Rose Namajunas def. Kathina Catron by submission (flying arm bar) at :12, R1
-Alex Chambers def. Jodie Esquibel by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:35, R1

(Photos courtesy of Esther Lin/Invicta FC)

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  • xSilvasavliSx

    Awesome fights all around.

  • Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

    The best 8 euros I’ve spent in my life, what a show!! They deserve the hype to be a top promotion in MMA genre-4-genre!

    – FW: Cyborg vs. Coenen is the right matchup to crown the first champion, Gomes vs. Budd rescheduled for the next contender, Rothenhausler vs. Estes/Brents or other … where is Ruyssen? She’s among the best BJJ pratictioner in FW …

    – BW: some problems to define this division due to UFC; Nakamoto derailed Duke and now is a top fighter, curious to c her against Baszler or Taylor … probably Smith will head to UFC.

    – FLW: what a lackluster title match, a tentative kickboxing match that say nothing about the new champ; worst things, Zoila lost and Gaff and Sexton choose to head to UFC in the wrong division. Probably Honchak vs. Maia, but the division needs more depth.

    – SW: the most stacked division, hope for Esparza vs. Calderwood, Bec bouce back nicely and Namajunas needs a top opponent, and the division is full of them: Gadelha, Hamasaki, Torres, … and great addiction Kankaanpaa is, she can hang with Esparza’s wrestling level but with more submissions.

    – AW: the last and the best fight of the night, Waterson pulled out one of the greatest upset ever … Penne a bit redimensioned, but her BJJ is sick! Really hurt to c her submitted! Chambers and Soukupova derailed Esquibel and Rodish, waiting for Ishikawa debut the aussie and the brit-czech are the possible next contenders.

  • john.f

    ronda rousey better keep hiding behind dana white and keep useing the weight as an issue because her and dana both know that she can’t beat cyborg and if they ever meet her bubble will burst and she will not be the golden ticket anymore

    • MMA

      Ronda might not win her next fight never mind Cyborg. Rhonda has been exposed. All he has is hip toss and arm bar. Opponents are figuring out now she only has hip toss and that’s easily stopped. Without hip toss, Rhonda would probably lose to Meisha Tate.

    • jeremy

      cyborg asked for her release from her ufc contract so she cant be forced to fight ronda. cyroids is the one running and she proved it right there.

      • Cptmats

        I hope your not really dumb enough to believe that !

      • a fan since ufc1

        u are a moron and a Dana/Rousey nut licker Dana and rousey refuse a catch weight even though rousey used to fight at that weight if she is the best there is as she and Dana believe then why not fight at a catch weight her title is not on the line and she can prove she is the best if that is what she beilives

  • Rucker

    cyborg got busted for roids. i don’t care how much she wins. she’s a cheater. everything she does is irrelavent.

    • Troll

      UMAD BRO

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  • The Prognosticator

    Coenen and Cyborg are the two best female fighters on the planet. This will be a good one for sure.

  • shakejunt

    leslie smith got robbed i believe. she beat up kaufman everywhere

  • http://twitter.com/mmasurge MMA Surge

    Penne v. Waterson was a great match, and it was sad to see the champ lose. Both were excellent contenders. To see how Penne trained for the fight, watch our behind-the-scenes documentary with the first ever Atomweight champ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsMBQ3Aeszs