Vanessa Porto’s move to Bellator MMA opened the door for those behind her in the Invicta Fighting Championships pecking order at 125 pounds.
Karina Rodriguez and Daiana Torquato will face one another for the vacant flyweight title and the right to fill Porto’s shoes in the Invicta 44 main event on Friday at the Police Athletic League in Kansas City, Kansas. Operating out of the Lobo Gym camp in her native Mexico, Rodriguez has posted five wins across her past seven outings. She last appeared at Invicta 38, where she dropped a unanimous decision to the aforementioned Porto on Nov. 1, 2019. Torquato, meanwhile, enters the cage on the strength of an eight-fight winning streak. She last competed at a Respect MMA event in October, when she eked out a split decision over Sarah Frota.
As Rodriguez and Torquato make their final preparations, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:
35: Years of age for Rodriguez, who was born on Aug. 28, 1985 in Puebla, Mexico.
53: Combined victories between the four women who have defeated Rodriguez: Porto, DeAnna Bennett, Poliana Botelho and Alexa Grasso. They own a cumulative record of 53-23-1, which equates to a .689 winning percentage.
77: Seconds needed for Rodriguez to put away Vydalia Ramos with punches at Xtreme Kombat 23 on May 31, 2014. Having occurred in her fourth professional appearance, it remains the fastest finish of her 12-fight career.
4: Rodriguez wins by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 50% of her career total (eight). Her list of victims: Ramos, Barbara Acioly, Jaclyn Sanchez and Gabriela Garcia. Rodriguez owns four other wins by decision.
30: Years of age for Torquato, who was born in Itapema, Brazil, on Nov. 17, 1990.
.680: Cumulative winning percentage between the three women—Ariane Lipski, Mayerlin Rivas and Caroline Correia—who have beaten Torquato. They hold a combined record of 17-8.
2,196: Days since Torquato last tasted defeat. She has rattled off eight straight victories since she wound up on the wrong side of a split decision against Correia at a Noxii Combat show on May 17, 2015.
2: Submission wins on the Torquato resume, accounting for 20% of her career total (10). She dispatched Chayani Mendes with an armbar 3:16 into the first round of their October 2013 encounter and disposed of Marta Souza with a rear-naked choke 3:04 into the second round of their June 2019 pairing.