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MMA Crossfire – Some post-fight thoughts on Invicta FC 8

Invicta FC 8 is now in the books. Michelle Waterson and Katja Kankaanpaa are your Invicta FC atomweight and strawweight champions.

If you missed it, read After The Crossfire. It was a good show.

As a longtime watcher of Invicta FC, #8 generated some observations.

One thing must be understood above all others.

I’ll get to that.

Welcome back to The Crossfire.

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Michelle Waterson celebrates her win over Yasuko Tamada at Invicta FC 8. Esther Lin/Invicta FC.

Some post-fight thoughts:

That was a cool show intro at the beginning. It reminded me of the old UFC gladiator intros.

The Charmaine Tweeet  – Veronica Rotenhausler -Tweet is 6-0 and Rothenhausler 5-11. I hope Invicta can build that division as solidly as the other ones.

There was a lot of pre and post hyperbole about the LaRosa-Modafferi III.  It was a good fight, but not great.

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Roxanne Modafferi jabs Tar LARosa at Invicta FC 8. Esther Lin/Invicta FC.

She did bust some nice dance moves though, and the moment of her dancing into the cage and then Modafferi respectfully joining in was cool.

The production of the post-fight press conference needs to improve. The audio quality was sub-standard, with the questions and answers barely audible.

Who can challenge Michelle Waterson? Jessica Penne?

Good broadcasting job by Michael Schiavello, Julie Kedzie and Urijah Faber. Urijah’s insights during the co-main and main event bouts were particularly interesting.

Jinh Yu Frey. She was inches from wrapping up the fight with Jodie Esquibel with the rear-naked choke, only for Esquibel to get off the ground and fight back (with the benefit from some generous judging in my opinion) and eke out a split-decision victory.

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Jodie Esquibel and Jinh Yu Frey. Esther Lin/Invicta FC

She will learn from this fight.

Peggy Morgan reminded me of Strefan Struve last night. Gifted with all that height and reach. Can she figure it out? I don’t know.

Katja Kankaanpaa’s grit was amazing to watch. She knew she was losing on the scorecards to Stephanie Eggink and went after it – and got the D’arce submission.

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Katja Kankaanpaa celebrates her win over Stephanie Eggink at Invicta FC 8. Esther Lin/Invicta FC.

She said she doesn’t give up and she proved it last night.

Great performance by The Karate Hottie.

The dreaded technical stream difficulties with the stream reared it’s ugly head again during the main event. For me, it was around 3:45 of the third round.

Many were left scrambling to recover. I did receive an email apologizing for the disruption and a 10% discount on a 2014 UFC pay-per-view.  I’m not sure who’s to blame, but just to fix it. We thought the deal with UFC FightPass was supposed to fix stuff like this.

Fix it.

One thing must be understood above all others.

Yasuko Tamada is one tough mixed martial artist.

I became a Yasuko Tamada fan last night.

She took an astonishing amount of punishment from Waterson. Her right eye was beaten shut.  Her left ribs left the cage black, blue and red.

But she kept pushing forward, trying to find a way to take Waterson down.

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She was more than willing to eat strikes and kicks to do it.

When it was over, she found the strength to clap and respectfully acknowledge her opponent’s victory.

I’m willing to bet that Tamada is not big on moral victories. Referee Greg Franklin waved off the fight at 4:58 of the third round.

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She didn’t tap.

But she did demonstrate the toughness every mixed martial artist prides themselves on. She can hold her head high.

Somebody buy Tamada a beer.

Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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