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dudeabides 12-16-2012 12:25 AM

Invicta FC 4
Date: January 5, 2013
Location: Kansas City, Kansas
Venue: Memorial Hall


Carla Esparza vs. Claudia Gadelha - for inaugural strawweight title
Shayna Baszler vs. Alexis Davis
Sarah D'Alelio vs. Amanda Nunes
Ediane Gomes vs. Hiroko Yamanaka
Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Hyatt
Raquel Pennington vs. Leslie Smith

PRELIMINARY (Untelevised)
Katalina Malungahu vs. Veronica Rothenhausler
Stephanie Frausto vs. Cassie Rodish
Amanda Bell vs. Tamikka Brents
Jodie Esquibel vs. Liz McCarthy
Emily Kagan vs. Rose Namajunas
Tecia Torres vs. Paige VanZant


The lineup is nearly compete for the all-female Invicta Fighting Championships' next card.

Invicta FC 4 takes place Jan. 5 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. The card is expected to stream online.

Headlining the 12-bout lineup is undefeated Claudia Gadelha (9-0) vs. Carla Esparza (8-2) for the organization's first-ever 115-pound strawweight championship.

Gadelha takes a spot initially expected to feature Ayaka Hamasaki (8-0), who instead will defend her Jewels title in December. Gadelha, a 23-year-old Brazilian submission specialist, makes her U.S. debut against Esparza, a Bellator vet who earned the title shot after recent Invicta victories over Sarah Schneider and Lynn Alvarez, both via TKO.

In the co-headliner, world-ranked bantamweights and Strikeforce veterans Alexis Davis (12-5) and Shayna Baszler (15-7) square off. Combined, 20 of their 27 wins have come via submission.

Other main-card fights include bantamweights Amanda Nunes (7-2) vs. Sarah D'Alelio (6-3), featherweights Hiroko Yamanaka (12-2) vs. Ediane Gomes (8-2), and strawweights Joanne Calderwood (4-0) vs. Bec Hyatt (4-1). Additionally, bantamweight Leslie Smith (4-2-1) will fight an opponent to be determined.

The night's prelims include featherweights Veronica Rothenhausler (0-0) vs. Katalina Malungahu (2-1), atomweights Stephanie Frausto (4-4) vs. Cassie Rodish (3-3), featherweights Tamikka Brents (1-0) vs. Amanda Bell (0-0), atomweights Jodie Esquibel (2-0) vs. Liz McCarthy (1-0), strawweights Emily Kagan (2-0) vs. Rose Namajunas (0-0), and strawweights Paige VanZant (2-0) vs. Tecia Torres (1-0).

kantowrestler 12-20-2012 12:46 AM

Something tells me that there will either be an influx of fighters coming here or bantemweights will be consistantly leaving this promotion for the UFC. Either way we maybe seeing Cyborg coming over after her suspension is lifted.

LizaG 12-30-2012 09:44 PM

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Claudia Gadelha is hurt, Bec Hyatt has been bumped up to face Carla Esparza for the belt. Damn fine choice too.

kantowrestler 12-30-2012 10:20 PM

Things like this provide opportunities.

Mirage445 01-06-2013 01:22 AM

Aside from the minor streaming issues during the undercard, it was a great PPV!

LizaG 01-06-2013 01:24 AM

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Weeks of differing sleep patterns meant I missed it. So gutted as it sounded awesome from what I read on Twitter. Hopefully the vids will be uploaded somewhere pretty soon. Beccy Hyatt put up one hell of a fight for an untested last-minute replacement.

Mirage445 01-06-2013 01:35 AM

Yeah, I was worried for cookie monster in the 5th, Bec was hitting some decent shots.

I'm pretty sure you can actually watch it for free on Ustream... they made the ppv free due to minor streaming issues.

Pat Barry left this on his twitter...

EDIT: Here are the pre-lims

Main card:

Hawndo 01-06-2013 09:40 AM

Joanne looked great, flying the flag for Scotland :D

Very good card, Bec done pretty well considering.

kantowrestler 01-06-2013 08:16 PM

Reminds me of that Scottish woman in that brandy commercial.

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