KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Headlined by a five-round, non-title bout between bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger and top contender Pannie Kianzad, Invicta FC 14 is poised to offer a valuable next chapter for the young all-women’s MMA promotion.
Undefeated through eight professional bouts, 23-year-old Kianzad failed to make weight, erasing the main event’s title implications.
Featured in the co-main event at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri is former Invicta strawweight champion Katja Kankaanpaa begins her journey back to the title by facing undefeated strawweight contender DeAnna Bennett.
Analysis and results for the top three main card fights will be updated throughout the night.
- Felicia Spencer def. Rachel Wiley via TKO (Round 1, 3:32)
- Aspen Ladd def. Amanda Cooper via armbar (Round 2, 4:42)
- J.J. Aldrich def. Rosa Acevedo via KO (Round 1, 2:24)
- Jinh Yu Frey def. Liz McCarthy via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-29 x 2)
- Sharon Jacobson def. Jamie Moyle via unanimous decision (30-27 x 2, 29-28)
Cindy Dandois vs. Megan Anderson
Round 1: Anderson looked to keep the fight standing as often as possible; smartly enough, Dandois knew she needed to get it to the canvas whenever possible. Dandois landed a trip takedown about a minute into the opening round smothering the Aussie fighter from top position, quickly transitioning into full mount. Dandois eventually transitioned to Anderson’s back before nearly locking in an armbar. Anderson fought off several submission attempts before standing herself back up.
Round 2: The second round started off much like the first—Dandois landed a sloppy hip toss early. Anderson wouldn’t allow herself to remain on the mat, though, standing up soon after. Anderson landed stiff jabs, stalking her opponent up against the cage before Dandois pulled guard around the halfway mark. Dandois controlled the bout for several minutes with a passive triangle choke from the bottom before securing the submission in tight, forcing Anderson to tap.
Result: Dandois def. Anderson via triangle choke (Round 2, 2:41)
Andrea Lee vs. Rachael Ostovich
Round 1: The two flyweight fighters opened the round trying to find their respective range. Neither fighter offered more than a few 1-2 combos for the first two minutes of the bout. Ostovich quietly looked for the takedown several times before Lee landed some heavy strikes to drop the smaller Hawaiian fighter. Looking a lot more loose in the striking department, Lee stalked Ostovich for most of the round, nearly finishing the bout multiple times with heavy body kicks that seemingly bothered Ostovich enough to favor her ribcage.
Round 2: Ostovich started looking a bit more comfortable on the feet, landing a spinning back fist up high that had much of the Municipal Auditorium in a brief cheer. Lee maintained her control of the center of the cage. A straight left floored Ostovich, prompting Lee to take her opponent’s back. Lee landed short strikes, often slamming a resilient Ostovich back onto the canvas. Lee ended the second round much like she did the first: latched onto Ostovich’s back.
Round 3: Ostovich gained a bit of momentum in the opening minute of the final round, grabbing hold of Lee’s kick and bringing her down to the canvas. Lee refused to stay down, though, standing up and punishing her opponent with strong knees to the body. Lee took her opponent’s back once again, landing stiff punches from the top. Lee secured an armbar in the final seconds to force Ostovich to tap out.
Result: Lee def. Ostovich via armbar (Round 3, 4:58)
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Mariana Morais
Round 1: Modafferi looked to pressure Morais early, landing stiff jabs to back the debuting Invicta fighter up. Morais opened up with strong kicks before being taken down in the opening minute. Modafferi quickly transitioned into full mount, throwing several glancing blows. Morais made no strong efforts to get herself back up, allowing Modafferi to control a majority of the opening round. Morais managed to sweep the “Happy Warrior” in the waning seconds of Round 1, but it likely wasn’t enough to sway the judges.
Round 2: Morais tried opening up with stiff leg kicks, but Modafferi countered back with stiff jabs and straight punches. Morais looked to control the fight soonafter, forcing Modaferri onto the cage before the clinch fell apart. Morais stuffed a takedown, but Modafferi maintained her pressure and forced her onto the mat with a hip toss. Modafferi eventually postured up while in full mount, landing heavy punches and elbows that overwhelmed the young Brazilian.
Round 3: Modafferi went straight for the clinch in opening up the final frame. She nearly cost herself the fight when going for a takedown that allowed Morais to almost lock in a guillotine choke from the bottom. Modafferi fought through, though, smothering Morais from full guard. Modafferi transitioned into more dominant positions as the round went on, showcasing her superior grappling skills. She found herself postured up in full mount, landing hard elbows and punches that forced referee “Big” John McCarthy to stop the fight.
Result: Modafferi def. Morais via TKO (Round 3, 4:40)
Katja Kankaanpaa vs. DeAnna Bennett
Round 1: The former champion Kankaanpaa took the center of the cage early, rushing forward to close the range against the bigger fighter. Neither fighter had a decisive edge in the opening minutes, exchanging clinch control against the cage on multiple occasions. Kankaanpaa went for the takedown and found herself amid a guillotine attempt from Bennett before breaking the hold. Kankaanpaa controlled much of the action through her submission attempts, forcing Bennett to react.
Round 2: The two flyweights scrambled back and forth, looking to gain control against the cage. Kankaanpaa did a solid job of changing levels, landing strikes up top before shooting for double legs. The former champion secured another takedown, pressuring Bennett up against the cage as she tried to get back to her feet. Bennett eventually got to her feet, locked her hands behind Kankaanpaa and slammed her to the canvas. She soon lost the dominant position, giving up her back. A closer round than the first, Kankaanpaa found herself fighting off another guillotine choke as the round came to a close.
Round 3: Kankaanpaa opened the round with another takedown attempt, falling right into side control. Bennett scrambled her way back up several times before Kankaanpaa attempted an arm triangle from top position. The choke fell through, but Kankaanpaa would not let off the gas, transitioning from one dominant position to the next. Kankaanpaa nearly secured an arm triangle in the waning seconds, but Bennett survived.
Result: Bennett. def. Kankaanpaa via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
Tonya Evinger vs. Pannie Kianzad
Round 1: Evinger quickly looked to close the distance and pressure Kianzad up against he cage. Kianzad defended the takedown for a bit before being forced onto the canvas. Evinger controlled the fight from side control. Evinger nearly locked in a rear-naked choke but a bloodied Kianzad broke free. A dominant first round from the champion.
Round 2: A stiff straight right dropped an overzealous Kianzad who rushed across the cage. Evinger fought through upkicks to secure a dominant position on the canvas. The champion smothered her opponent from top position with an endless barrage of attacks. Evinger landed strong elbows and punches, prompting McCarthy to stop the fight.
Result: Evinger def. Kianzad via TKO (Round 2, 3:34)