Weekend Breakdown & Preview: Invicta FC 24
Live from the Scottish Rite Temple, Kansas City, Missouri, United States on UFC Fight Pass Sat, Jul 15, 2017 8:00 PM EST/5:00 PM PST
Flyweight - 125 lbs: Milana Dudieva (11-5) vs Mara Romero Borella (10-4)
Atomweight - 105 lbs: Jinh Yu Frey (5-2) vs Ashley Cummins (5-3)
Featherweight - 145 lbs: Helena Kolesnyk (5-0) vs Pam Sorenson (5-2)
Flyweight - 125 lbs: Karina Rodriguez (4-2) vs Barbara Acioly (4-0)
Strawweight - 115 lbs: Miranda Maverick (2-0) vs Gabby Romero (2-1)
Strawweight - 115 lbs: Sunna Davidsdottir (2-0) vs Kelly D'Angelo (2-0)
Featherweight - 145 lbs: Felicia Spencer (2-0) vs Amy Coleman (2-1)
Strawweight - 115 lbs: Mallory Martin (1-1) vs Tiffany Masters (2-0)
Invicta FC 24 has gone through a whirlwind when it comes to fight changes, specifically in the main event. The UFC's addition of the women's Featherweight division made it inevitable for some of Invicta's athletes to get swooped up to the big show. Most obviously, their champion, Megan Anderson. Originally scheduled to defend her title against Helena Kolesnyk, Megan Anderson got the call up to the big show to fight for the vacant UFC Featherweight title against former Invicta and Strikeforce champion, Cris "Cyborg" Justino at UFC 214 on July 29. This led to Invicta FC Bantamweight champion, Tonya Evinger stepping in to take on Kolesnyk at 145 lbs in a non title bout.
Everything appeared all set for both organizations. It was then announced that Anderson had to pull out of the fight with Cyborg due to personal reasons, leading to Evinger getting the call to fill in once again and leaving Kolesnyk without an opponent once more. Pam Sorenson quickly came to the rescue and assuming all goes well, there will be no more opponent changes for the Odessa, Ukraine native, Kolesnyk before Saturday.
Davidsdottir vs D'Angelo
Since making her professional debut at Invicta FC 19 in September of last year, Sunna Davidsdottir has quickly become one of the ones to keep an eye on in Invicta's 115 lb division. Racking up two entertaining victories over Ashley Greenway and Mallory Martin primarily using her technical striking, Davidsdottir will look to do the same against Kelly D'Angelo. D'Angelo on the other hand has proven to be more of a finisher in her young career as her 2 professional victories have come by way of submission and TKO along with 2 finishes out of her 3 amateur bouts (1 submission, 1 TKO). Recently training alongside fellow Strawweight, Joanne Calderwood and showing off her durability in her last two bouts, Davidsdottir has other ideas which will surely make this an interesting clash.
Prediction: Davidsdottir UD
Kolesnyk vs Sorenson
Having little to no training camp specifically tailored for one opponent had to be less than ideal for the top 10 Featherweight, Helena Kolesnyk. Still being relatively young in the sport and making her Invicta debut (and America debut) puts even more pressure on her where as for Pam Sorenson, she will be making her third appearance under the Invicta banner and looking to rebound off a recent decision loss to Ediane Gomes at Invicta FC 23. Known for her striking background, of Kolesnyk's 5 victories, 3 have come by way of KO/TKO with the other 2 being submissions. Sorenson on the other hand has shown to be more well rounded and somewhat of a grinder. In this fight she will most likely be looking to get the fight to the ground which could spell trouble for Kolesnyk just considering alone that her original opponent in Megan Anderson was striking based. Kolesnyk should definitely have the advantage on the feet but so much has gone on for her in the lead up to the fight that there's just not a good guess as to how well she'll perform. Regardless, it will be fun to see how it plays out!
Prediction: Kolesnyk UD
Frey vs Cummins
Jinh Yu Frey has been out of action since her title fight with current 105 lb champion, Ayaka Hamasaki at Invicta FC 19 back in September of 2016. A fight in which Frey was arguably winning until suffering a fight ending cut in just the second round. She was slated to fight Janaisa Morandin at Invicta FC 22 but Morandin missed weight by 5.2 lbs thus resulting in a cancellation of the fight. Frey is now set to return and looks to get back to her winning ways. It wont come easily though as she takes on the tough police officer, Ashley "Smashley" Cummins who has rebounded after losing three straight to the likes of Joanne Calderwood, Emily Kagan and Alexa Grasso and is now riding a two fight win streak. Cummins is a very strong and smothering fighter who is rather difficult to stop when her game is employed. A tough match up stylistically for Frey, but she is ever improving and has shown to be able to fight through adversity in the past. This fight could very well end up being a shoe in for fight of the night.
Prediction: Frey RD2 Sub
Dudieva vs Borella
Milana Dudieva is a three fight UFC vet and has only lost to some of the better 135 lbers in the world. Going 1-2 in the premier MMA organization, Dudieva now finds herself in Invicta FC, headlining in her debut and dropping back down to the Flyweight division...a division which was not apart if the UFC during her run. Perhaps things would have gone differently for her if that wasn't the case. Even though despite being finished in her last two bouts against top 15 Bantamweights, Marion Reneau and The Ultimate Fighter season 18 winner, Julianna Pena, Dudieva was still able to find moments to shine in each bout. These performances seem to indicate that there is more potential there than most have gotten to see and a division change could be just what she needs. With 6 submissions out of her 11 wins, Dudieva has shown that as her favorable way to score a W. However, her opponent, Mara Romero Borella isn't afraid to go for a submission herself as she has 3 of her own on her resume, 2 of which coming in her last 5 fights...5 of which she did not lose. Borella is riding plenty of momentum heading into this one and is looking to put her name on the map at 125 lbs. Both ladies will look to make the most of this opportunity, especially with the current spotlight on the division as the UFC plans to add the division to their roster later this year. Picking this fight is quite a toss up with all the factors considered. But you can surely expect at some point for it to hit the floor and be entertaining while it lasts.
Prediction: Dudieva SD
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