Invicta FC 16: Hamasaki vs. Brown took place at the Trinidad Pavillion at the Tropicana in Las Vegas on Friday and featured two title fights.
Atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki defended her title for the first time by submitting Amber Brown in the fight card’s main event.
Hamasaki secured an early takedown, but found herself locked in a triangle choke by Brown. She defended the submission attempt, but likely lost the opening round.
In the second frame, Brown came out throwing leg kicks. She tied up Hamasaki and took the champion down. Hamasaki again isolated an arm and used it to reverse the challenger. Brown worked for another triangle choke as the round expired.
Brown initiated the clinch in the early going of the third round. She worked to take the Japanese titleholder down, but lost top position on the way to the canvas. Hamasaki attacked an arm and moved to side control. She transitioned to an armbar and extended Brown’s right arm. Brown struggled to get free and eventually tapped out.
“I was very happy that I was able to defend the title, but more than anything, actually five years ago today in Japan we had an earthquake. My fight was canceled, and a lot of people passed away. I had a very special feeling toward this fight,” she said following the submission win.
“She had very good defensive skill,” Hamasaki said of Brown. “When her arm was extended, I knew I got it.”
Maia was knocked down in the opening round by Porto and things were not looking good for the 27-year-old Brazilian in the early going. In the second frame, Porto secured three takedowns.
In the third round, Maia came out looking like a different fighter. She defended Porto’s takedown attempts and started to get the better of the exchanges. By the fourth frame, Porto was in survival mode. Heading into the final frame, the fight was tied with each fighter winning two rounds.
Porto dug deep and put Maia on her back in the final round, but was unable to keep her there. Maia got back to her feet and Porto desperately tried to get the fight back to the ground. As she looked for a takedown, Maia applied a guillotine choke and pulled guard. She wasn’t able to get the finish, but she did enough to come from behind to win the round and the fight.
“It’s always been a dream for me to be here,” Maia said after becoming the interim champion. “This is a dream come true. It’s so nice to be here.”
Angela Hill stepped up on short notice to take on former strawweight title contender Stephanie Eggink and scored her second consecutive finish in the Invicta FC cage. Hill’s right hand was finding a home regularly. Midway through the second frame, Hill dropped Eggink with a right hand and put her away with strikes.
“We worked a lot of long range stuff the last couple of days of fight camp, so I think that worked a lot,” said Hill following the finish. “I could see in her eyes that she was out. I didn’t want to miss out on that knockout opportunity.”
Former Invicta FC bantamweight title challenger Irene Aldana rebounded from her loss to champion Tonya Evinger by finishing former UFC fighter Jessamyn Duke in the first round. Aldana hurt Duke with a right hand and followed with a series of punches to the body and head.
“It was very important for my career. I came here really prepared mentally, physically, technically and I’m ready to go back,” said the Mexican following the fight.
“I saw her going back, and I know she felt one of my punches. I said, ‘now I have to go after her,” added Aldana.
Women’s fighting pioneer Roxanne Modafferi showed improved striking in her split decision over former title contender DeAnna Bennett. She used her jab and put together combinations.
“I feel like I won by my striking skills thanks to my coach,” said “The Happy Warrior” following he second consecutive win. “It feels great.”
In other action, Jinh Yu Frey defeated former atomweight champion Herica Tiburcio by unanimous decision while 21-year-old rising bantamweight Aspen Ladd extended her unbeaten streak to 3-0, finishing Kelly McGill by TKO.
Invicta FC 16: Hamasaki vs. Brown Full Results:
Ayaka Hamasaki def. Amber Brown by submission (armbar) at 2:52, R3
Jennifer Maia def. Vanessa Porto by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)
Angela Hill def. Stephanie Eggink by TKO (strikes) at 2:36, R2
Irene Aldana def. Jessamyn Duke by TKO (strikes) at 3:08, R1
Roxanne Modafferi def. DeAnna Bennett by spit decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jinh Yu Frey def. Herica Tiburcio by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Sarah D’Alelio def. Andrea Lee by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:21, R3
Aspen Ladd def. Kelly McGill by TKO (strikes) at 1:47, R3
Ashley Greenway def. Sarah Click by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)