In a rematch four years in the making, Golden Glory fighter and former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Marloes Coenen recordered her second win over BJJ blackbelt Romy Ruyssen in the main event at the inaugural Invicta Fighting Championships show in Kansas City.
The judges scored the fight unanimously to Coenen 30-26 on all three scorecards.
After a feeling out process, Ruyssen had Coenen up against the fence in a clinch, but was deducted a point for holding the cage. Coenen again moved forward, taking Ruyssen down and landing with ground and pound. Coenen then moved to side control and where she was controversially stood up by the referee.
Coenen got the better of the strikes early in round two and had Ruyssen up against the cage in a clinch landing knees. She stayed busy before Ruyssen jumped guard. Coenen, however, allowed Ruyssen back up and ended the round with more knees and strikes.
Ruyssen, needing a finish, came out on the offense in the final frame, working Coenen in a clinch against the cage before the position was reversed and Ruyssen was hit with more strikes and knees. Ruyssen looked for a guillotine, but after a patch of inactivity the referee separated the two for the final minute with Coenen slamming Ruyssen to the mat at the bell to secure the comfortable win.
“We had a strategy to frustrate her in the first round,” said Coenen after the fight. “I broke my finger in round one. I wasn’t happy with my performance, but I’ll be back stronger next time.”
It was a successful return for Coenen, who lost her Strikeforce title to Miesha Tate in her previous fight in 2011, while Ruyssen snapped a four-fight winning streak with the loss.
In the co-feature fight at 105 pounds, submission specialist Jessica Penne scored a late ground and pound finish over Bellator veteran Lisa Ellis at 2:48 of round three.
After both fighters landed strikes on the feet, Ellis took Penne down and moved into side control, but Penne was able to return to her feet and record a takedown of her own, taking half guard. The fight returned to the feet with a minute left in round one. A weary takedown attempt by Ellis saw Penne lock in a back crucifix with her legs, but Ellis was saved by the bell.
In the second frame, Penne scored an early takedown and went straight to half guard before improving her position to full guard. Ellis escaped and both fighters returned to their feet. Penne scored another takedown and landed in top guard before Ellis reversed and settled in Penne’s guard to close out the round.
With blood flowing out of Ellis’ forehead from a punch, she scored a takedown a minute into the final round before Pennes was able to get the back mount and finished the fight off with ground and pound.
With the win, Penne improves her record to 8-1 and is now on a two-fight winning streak, while Ellis has now suffered three straight losses.
It was announced following the show that Shayna Baszler and Sara McMann will headline Invicta Fighting Championships 2 on July 28 in Kansas City.
Marloes Coenen def. Romy Ruyssen by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Jessica Penne def. Lisa Ellis by TKO (punches) Rd 3 (2:48)
Liz Carmouche def. Ashleigh Curry by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (1:58)
Leslie Smith vs. Kaitlin Young DRAW (29-28, 28-29, 29-29)
Sarah D’Alelio def. Vanessa Mariscal by TKO (tapout due to strikes) Rd 2 (3:19)
Sarah Schneider def. Sally Krumdiack by Submission (armbar) Rd 1 (3:01)
Amy Davis def. Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc by Submission (kimura) Rd 2 (3:47)
Sarah Maloy def. Michele Gutierrez by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Randi Miller def. Mollie Estes by TKO (punches) Rd 3 (3:27)
Ashley Cummins def. Sofia Bagherdai by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Cassie Rodish def. Meghan Wright by Submission (guillotine choke) Rd 1 (0:36)
(Report bu Andrew P of MMAWeekly.com content partner FightBulletin.net)