Michelle Waterson Armbars Jessica Penne To Become New Invicta FC World Atomweight Champion
Apr 12, 2013
(PRESS RELEASE) -- KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April, 5, 2013) –In an
unforgettable night of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) action, Michelle
Waterson (11-3) of Albuquerque, N.M. submitted Jessica
Penne (10-2) of Huntington Beach, Calif. with an armbar in the
fourth round of their main event showdown to become the new Invicta
Fighting Championships world atomweight (105 pounds) champion at
Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City on Friday, April 5, live on
In the co-main event of the star-studded, 13-bout women’s world
championship doubleheader, Pat Miletch-protégé Barb
Honchak (8-2) of Bettendorf, Iowa earned a unanimous decision
over Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Vanessa
Porto (15-6) of Sao Paulo, Brazil to become the first Invicta
FC flyweight (125 pounds) champion in history.
In her first start since Dec. 2011, pound-for-pound sensation Cris
Cyborg (11-1) of Curitiba, Brazil showed no signs of rust,
pulverizing a courageous Fiona
Muxlow (6-3) of Townsville, Queensland Australia in a
featherweight (145 pounds) matchup.
Cyborg dropped Muxlow in the opening seconds of the contest with a
right hand and smothered Muxlow, who made it to her feet but
couldn’t fend off the relentless attacks of Cyborg. A final barrage
of punches prompted the referee to step in and stop the fight,
giving Cyborg the TKO win in the first round and earning her a
second meeting with fellow superstar Marloes
Coenen, whom Cyborg stopped by way of third round (3:40) TKO
(punches) on Jan. 30, 2010.
Smith (5-3-1) of Pleasant Hill, Calif. and Sarah
Kaufman (16-2) of Victoria BC, Canada engaged in an all-out
slugfest for three straight rounds in a bantamweight (135 pounds)
barnburner highlighted by Smith putting Kaufman on the canvas with
a head kick. Kaufman rallied in the third round with a double leg
takedown and, after they stood up, a hard right hand before being
declared the winner by split decision.
Maia (7-2) of Curitiba pulled off a stunning upset, earning a
unanimous decision over Zoila
Frausto Gurgel (12-3) of Cincinnati, Ohio. Maia neutralized
Gurgel’s offense against the cage fence for the majority of the
first two rounds and, in the third stanza, opened up with kicks and
punches before the bout came to a close.
In the opening main card bout of the night, “Rowdy” Bec Hyatt
(5-2) of Brisbane, Australia took the fight to previously
Cive (5-1) of Graz, Austria from the outset of their
strawweight (115 pounds) matchup, mounting Cive and unloading a
storm of punches to the head. From mount, Hyatt secured Cive’s arm
and transitioned to armbar, forcing Cive to tap from the hold.
About Invicta Fighting Championships: Invicta Fighting
Championships (www.InvictaFC.com) is a world championship Mixed
Martial Arts (MMA) fight series dedicated to providing female
athletes with a major platform to hone their skills on a consistent
basis. Founded in 2012 by longtime MMA executive Shannon Knapp and
sports aficionado Janet Martin, Invicta is committed to pioneering
the future growth of women’s MMA by promoting the best possible
matchups between female competitors and identifying and developing
future superstars of the sport.