Barb Honchak defended her Invicta FC flyweight title with a unanimous decision win over Japanese challenger Takayo Hashi at Invicta FC 9.
Honchak used a grinding style, wearing down Hashi in the clinch and against the cage. Hashi took Honchak down in the third round, landed some strikes in the later rounds but was unable to damage the champion significantly.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.
KELLY MCGILL VS MAEGAN GOODWIN
WINNER: KELLY MCGILL VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
ANDREWS: The fight actually started in the third round, as McGill took Goodwin to the ground and bloodied her. Goodwin tried to return fire, but McGill controlled her for the most part. Good win for McGill.
JENNY LIOU SHRIVER VS JAMIE MOYLE
WINNER: JAMIE MOYLE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27).
Andrews: Moyle took it to Shriver in the first two rounds, but Shriver kept in the fight. But the Muay Thai of Moyle was too much. Knees in the clinch, strikes on the ground, and elbows on the ground nullified the takedowns of Shriver. And it continued in the third. Moyle went for an armbar via a triangle transition, and generally controlled the bout. Shriver valiantly kept trying to find a way to win though, give her credit.
SHANNON SINN VS ANDREA K. LEE
WINNER: ANDREA K. LEE
Andrews: Lee took the first round using a beautiful right hand to knock Sinn down and control her on the ground, even going for a reverse triangle. Lee continued to land kicks and strikes to the body in the second, while Sinn looked for the counterattack. Sinn tried to contain Lee in the clinch but Lee’s footwork and technical prowess prevailed. Good win for Andrea Lee.
AMANDA BELL VS MARIA HOUGARD-DJURSAA
WINNER: AMANDA BELL VIA FIRST ROUND TKO 4:56.
Andrews: This was a beatdown from start to finish. Bell overpowered Hougaard-Djursaa with strikes. Hougaard-Djursaa did well to try and survive, but the referee was forced to stop the one-sided affair with seconds left in the bout. Had she survived, she may have had a chance as Bell did look gassed near the end.
AMBER BROWN VS LIZ MCCARTHY
WINNER: AMBER BROWN VIA SPLIT-DECISION (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Andrews: A good back-and-forth battle. Brown’s knees opened up a big cut over McCarthy’s right eye in round two, but she stayed in the fight, scrambling to get top position late and go for an armbar. Liz came back in the third with takedowns, strikes and control. The damage Brown inflicted won her the fight.
NICDALI RIVERA-CALANOC VS JODIE ESQUIBEL
WINNER: JODIE ESQUIBEL VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27)
Andrews: Esquibel used her standup skills to reduce Riviera-Calanoc to a counterpuncher. She committed a serious mistake near the end, handing her head and a guillotine attempt on a platter, but she gutted it out. Impressive win otherwise for Esquibel.
KAITLIN YOUNG VS RAQUEL PA’ALUHI
WINNER: RAQUEL PA’ALUHI VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION.
Andrews: Pa’aluhi came in with eight days notice and outlasted the first round energy of Young. She took her down in the second and took the starch out of her. In the decisive third, Young could not muster the reserves that saw her secure the first with crisp striking and footwork. Somebody buy Pa’ aluhi a beer.
MIZUKI INOUE VS KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ
WINNER: KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ VIA SPLIT-DECISION (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Andrews: Tough fight to call. I got tired just watching these two bounce around the cage. In essence. Karolina’s decision to challenge Mizuki on the feet paid off. You have to feel for Mizuki. Polish fighters have won big splashes recently. Congrats to Karolina.
BARB HONCHAK VS TAKAYO HASHI
WINNER: BARB HONCHAK VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
Andrews: Honchak grinded Hashi down, used the cage and the clinch Pat Militech style. She did get taken down in the third round, which seemed to boost Hashi’s confidence, but was never really threatened by her. A good win for the Lil’ Warrior.