Invicta FC 6 Results: Cris Cyborg Dominates Marloes Coenen, Captures Featherweight Title

July 14, 2013
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Cris Cyborg SantosInvicta FC returned to the Ameristar Casino in Kansas City for its sixth event, but its first on traditional satellite and cable TV pay-per-view. Company president Shannon Knapp couldn’t have picked a higher profile event to make the move to PPV, as a rematch three years in the making headlined the fight card.

Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Marloes Coenen first met three-and-a-half years ago with Cyborg, then the Strikeforce 145-pound champion, winning by way of TKO stoppage in the third round.

On Saturday night, they met with the inaugural Invicta FC featherweight championship on the line.

The belt that was on the line was about the only difference from their first fight to this one. Much like their first fight, Cyborg was clearly still the much more aggressive, stronger, and more powerful fighter.

Coenen opened strong, attacking with leg kicks and punch combinations, but it was evident from the first round that Cyborg was in full control of the fight.

Every time Coenen threw a punch, Cyborg ignored it and answered with two more powerful punches in return. When Coenen shot for the takedown, Cyborg shucked her off or clinched and tossed her to the mat like a rag doll.

When hit the mat, Cyborg landed power punches, then backed off and forced Coenen back into her stand-up world.

One noticeable difference, however, was Cyborg’s approach. In the past, she was often undisciplined, unleashing power shots until her opponent crumpled to the mat, risking her gas tank in the process.

Against Coenen, Cyborg was much more calculated in her approach, picking high percentage power shots, doing a significant amount of damage, but never throwing caution to the wind until late in the fight when she knew she could finish.

Cyborg staggered Coenen with a right cross in the fourth round, but even then she went to the mat and worked position. She quickly moved into full mount, picking her shots, working the body and forcing Coenen to uncover. Still she waited, moving Coenen to the fence before unleashing a brutal flurry that left her defenseless, referee Big John McCarthy forced to step in to stop the fight.

“I’m very happy, the champion come back,” said an emotional Cyborg following the fight, the newly minted Invicta FC featherweight championship belt wrapped around her waist.

“I train every day. I training for two months. I train every day, hard,” she continued. “I am very excited to fight for Invicta. I want to grow Invicta. People who see Invicta see me.”

Jewels 115-pound champion Ayaka Hamasaki was originally supposed to challenge Invicta strawweight titleholder Carla Esparza, but her plans changed when Esparza withdrew from the bout due to a knee injury.

She instead put her undefeated record, and title shot, on the line against fellow-undefeated fighter Claudia Gadelha.

Gadelha did well on the ground the entire opening frame, but had a point deducted just as the round came to a close because she fired a knee to the head of her downed opponent.

Hamasaki came out aggressively to start round two, but her takedown attempt backfired, Gadelha forcing Hamasaki to the mat and again taking control of the entire round with effective positioning and ground and pound. Gadelha nearly finished the fight with an arm-triangle, but ran out of time.

Gadelha immediately took Hamasaki to the mat again in the third round, but this time Hamasaki reversed position. Gadelha would have none of it, however, quickly taking back control and raining down punches from both top mount and back mount. She continued her attack, unleashing a final brutal series of punches that forced the referee to stop the fight.

The victory not only kept Gadelha undefeated, it also moved her into Hamasaki’s No. 1 contender spot. She’ll get the next shot at Esparza when the champ makes her return.

Sarah D’Alelio and Lauren Taylor are two of the best 135-pound female fighters not yet competing in the Octagon, and proved it on Saturday night.

D’Alelio and Taylor took the fight to each other, non-stop for all three rounds, neither fighter giving any quarter. It appeared that D’Alelio was the more aggressive fighter and giving Taylor some trouble with her reach advantage, but at the end of the night, the judges felt Taylor did enough to win a unanimous decision victory.

Neither D’Alelio nor Taylor should hang her head after that fight, which was one of the more entertaining bouts of the night.

Leslie Smith and Jennifer Maia were battling to move into title contention for the flyweight title, and it showed in their performances. Smith and Maia went toe-to-toe from the opening bell.

Making her flyweight debut, Smith engaged with her typical attacking style, attacking Maia with her usual barrage of never-ending punches. But even when the fight hit the mat, Smith attacked the submission expert with submission attempts of her own. Her aggression earned Smith the unanimous decision victory.

Former Invicta atomweight champion Jessica Penne wasted no time getting back to her winning ways after losing the belt to Michelle Waterson in her last bout. Penne stood with Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc for a time, but made the wise decision to take the fight to the mat and submitted Rivera-Calanoc with three seconds remaining in the opening round of their fight.

Invicta FC 6 Post-fight Awards

Leslie Smith and Jennifer Maia were awarded the Fight of the Night, Jessica Penne earned Submission of the Night honors, while Miriam Nakamoto scored the Knockout of the Night.

Invicta FC 6 Results

Main Bouts:
-Cris Cyborg Justino def. Marlose Coenen by TKO (Strikes) at 4:02, R4
-Claudia Gadelha def. Ayaka Hamasaki by TKO (Strikes) at 3:58, R3
-Lauren Taylor def. Sarah D’Alelio by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
-Leslie Smith dec. Jennifer Maia by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
-Jessica Penne vs. Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:57, R1
-Joanne Calderwood def. Norma Rueda Center by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
-Mizuki Inoue def. Bec Hyatt by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Miriam Nakamoto def. Duda Yankovich by TKO (Strikes) at 2:08, R1
-Tecia Torres def. Rose Namajunas by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Preliminary Bouts:
-Emily Kagan def. Ashley Cummins via Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
-Livia Von Plettenberg def. Kathina Catron by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

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  • TheCerealKiller

    Didn’t watch and really don’t care.

    • Matte

      Go write in a thread where you do care then. Who the do you think care about you not caring?

      • TheCerealKiller

        The promoter and advertisers, stupid.

  • Butterflyz20


  • el che

    all i saw was Coenen get completely out-manhandle-ed, over and over. also, Big John, i do not know what the eff’ you were waiting for.

  • Oswald Cobblepott

    How is this legal? Men have a clear physical advantage!

    • TheCerealKiller

      See, Oswald feels the same about it as I do.

  • drkdisciple

    Rousey will never fight Cyborg or the same thing will happen to her.

    • Bill white

      Rousey might not have beaten Carano. Rousey is all hype who has beat some sad lasies/things.

    • Manuel Lopez

      I think so too. That’s a women’s superfight right there and DW let it fall through. I don’t see why a catch weight fight is impossible.

      • drkdisciple

        one word why a catch weight wont happen ….” F E A R”……..Rousey will never fight Cyborg because she knows what will happen if she does. I would respect her a whole lot more if she simply said she doesn’t want to fight Cyborg who is too strong for her instead of talking trash and making up excuses. Dana would make the fight happen but I doubt he will Rousey as a poster child of women’s MMa sells a whole lot more then Cyborg. Till the the one trick pony named Rousey will continue to beat of the Miesha Tate’s of this world.

    • Oswald Cobblepott

      Honestly Cyborg talks like a man and has the jaw of a cowboy it should not be allowed to compete against these girls.

  • Bill white

    Cyborg is a guy and fights like a guy and is more guy than most guys are. Deal with it. Dana White knows this.

    • Manuel Lopez

      Many keyboard braves like you say this… and at first it read like a playful yet hateful claim but now some of you sound serious when you say it. You’re actually stating it as a fact and it’s really disrespectful not only to Cyborg but also to her opponents, her manager, Invicta’s owner, her family, her husband who is also a fighter, her camp, her gym and everyone else who supports her because you are basically saying that ALL those people are either stupid for not realizing that Cyborg isn’t really a female or are in, going along with the ruse as well. Dana White has also never made such an outrageous claim. Unless YOU actually have proof of Cyborg as a man like childhood pics, or you actually saw her *ick and witnessed the surgery where it was cut off. I mean here I am entertaining your ridiculous claim and cowardly too just to make you think for one second so that you can stop being such an as*hole and stop and think that these women are real people with feelings, families and the train hard and go thru many hardships and struggles to get where they are at. Have some respect man and just be glad for Cyborg’s win. Way I see it she’s putting her career back on track and I hope she stays roid free for her own sake.

      • Bill white

        Cyborg is a drug induced lab created machine fulled by enhancing drugs and steroids suspended for illegal drugs and basically banned from the UFC. Danq white does not want Cyborg into his UFC for a reason. Cyborg is a dude.

        • Mark McDowall

          Your an idiot…she was not banned from the UFC. They offered her a contract and said “we’ll pay you…go fight in Invicta until we have a 145lb division here” and Tito opened his mouth and turned it down.

          If your going to talk crap at least have facts to back up your statements.

        • Manuel Lopez

          Get your facts straight retard

        • Cptmats

          and you are a complete loser !

      • Mark McDowall

        I agree with you totally. I’ve met Cyborg twice, last year at UFC fan fest and at the UFC Fan Fest last week in Vegas…she is a big chick muscle mass wise…but she looks totally different than she did a year ago. Before she was just yolked you could tell she was on something…but this year totally different. She was still big but she looked more like a very well muscled woman.

        All this “she’s a man” BS is ridiculous…all the keyboard cowboys need to get real and pull your heads out of your asses. How many men in MMA have missed weight for a fight because they were on their period…go ahead I’ll wait while you think….exactly ZERO.

      • Rence

        Just a small point of reference here. She WAS married to Evangelista Santos (also going by the nickname cyborg) but they got divorced. So unless she has gotten remarried to another fighter…well you know. Its really not a big deal but if youre going to tell others to check their facts, you may want to make sure that the ones you list are still accurate.

        Just lookin out for ya man.

        • Manuel Lopez


    • Lucas Freire

      I think she’s bigger than most guys at 145 lol

  • Juniorbra

    The problem is Dana White doesn’t want to see his marketing girl get KTFO…. That’s why he doesn’t make this fight happen! Ronda won’t survive one round with cyborg.

  • Rence

    I find it amusing that people will say that any fighter is scared to fight another fighter. Whats to be afraid of? I mean really, how badly has anyone ever gotten hurt in a regulated match thats held under a respectable athletic commission? Sure some very tragic things have happened in unregulated, or poorly regulated MMA events. But in any of the more prominent ones? Elite XC, Bodog, Affliction, Strikeforce, WEC, KOTC, Bellator, Invicta, UFC? So getting hurt really isn’t much to be afraid of. Losing? Who gets into professional competition who’s afraid of losing? Particularly in Ronda’s case where she’s used to a whole different level of competition.

    Some of the people who post here are fighters, are any of you afraid of another fighter or of losing?

    There may be things that fighters are afraid of, but i seriously doubt that getting into the cage with another fighter is real high on any of their lists. Also since a fight between Ronda and Cyborg “COULD” happen at some point, if she was afraid of Cyborg, chances are she wouldn’t be calling her out any time she has the chance. She would just never bring her name up and when asked would probably say “Sure i’d fight her if they made the match” and leave it at that.

    Would Ronda beat Cyborg? No idea. But its a fight i would love to watch.

    • Canadius

      Ronda wants Cris to fight at her weight, not a catch-weight. This to me shows a s*** pile of fear.

      • Cptmats

        Cyborg agreed to fight one time at 135 lbs. Dana new she would smash Rousey and take her belt so he wouldn’t let it happen unless she signed for eight fights 135 lbs.

    • echohead

      “Losing? Who gets into professional competition who’s afraid of losing?”

      lolwut? jbj and gsp (just off the top of my head) talk openly about the fear of losing being their strongest motivator in training. People dont generally get into pro sports because they’re unafraid of losing, but rather because their drive to win trumps that fear.

      • Rence

        Yes, i worded that bit poorly. But the point stands. People say that Rousey is afraid of Cyborg and i’m trying to understand in what universe that makes sense. Yes those guys cite fear of losing as their motivator. But i’m talking a higher level of fear, a fear so great that a professional fighter would go out of her way to not fight another fighter. When have GSP or JBJ turned down a fight with anyone? So how afraid are they really? In the Rousey/Cyborg discussion context people seem to actually believe that Ronda is afraid of Chris and i cant get what they think she’s afraid of. She’s obviously not afraid of getting beat up, or she’d have probably not chosen MMA as a career. She’s likely not afraid of losing or she wouldnt have tried to make the olympics in the first place. whats left? looking bad? have you heard her interviews? she’s not afraid of her image. So, whats she afraid of?

  • Bill white

    Too much of a stench around Cyborg. Steroids-drugs-Manhood- UFC is way better off with this Brazilian kept far away.

  • Bill white

    Rousey is woman’s MMA. Sara Mccann maybe. that’s it.