21-year-old Brazilian Herica Tiburcio shocked the mixed martial arts world with an entertaining submission victory over Michelle Waterson to claim the Invicta FC atom weight crown in Houston, Texas.
Both fighters gave as good as they got – both on the ground and on the feet, but especially surprising was the striking success of Tiburcio.
She worked a shiner on Waterson’s left eye and nearly submitted Waterson on several occasions, all in a span of two rounds.
Tiburcio finally caught Waterson early in the third round with a guillotine choke.
Welcome back to The Crossfire.
RACHAEL OSTOVICH VS EVVA JOHNSON
ANDREWS PREDICTION: RACHAEL OSTOVICH VIA SPLIT-DECISION
WINNER: RACHAEL OSTOVICH VIA SPLIT-DECISION
Andrews: This was a solid opening bout. Ostovich used her power, leverage and some nifty judo throws to nullify Johnson’s takedown attempts for the most part of three rounds. A good win for Ostovich.
JINH YU FREY VS CASSIE ROBB
ANDREWS PREDICTION: JINH YU FREY VIA TKO
WINNER: JINH YU FREY VIA FIRST ROUND SUBMISSION
Andrews: Frey kept the fight on the feet and sunk in the rear naked choke while on her back in the first round. The only problem was she didn’t make weight – she forfeits 25% of her purse to Robb.
ALEXA GRASSO VS ALIDA GRAY
ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEXA GRASSO VIA TKO
WINNER: ALEXA GRASSO VIA TKO
Andrews: A beautiful striking clinic put on by Grasso, dropping Gray in the first round with some combinations that would make Claressa Shields proud.
PEGGY MORGAN VS ANDRIA WAWRO
ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANDRIA WARO VIA TKO
WINNER: PEGGY MORGAN VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Andrews: The extra weight seemed to affect Waro. Morgan out-struck her on the feet and she was unable to really pressure Morgan like her previous opponents were. That said, Morgan did better, but was still getting caught with dangerous looping shots. Morgan gets an extra 25% from Waro’s purse as she did not make weight.
IRENA ALDANA VS MARION RENEAU
NOTE: BOUT RESCHEDULED FOR 2015
CHARMAINE TWEET VS FAITH VAN DUIN
NOTE: BOUT CANCELLED
JENNIFER MAIA VS DEANNA BENNETT
ANDREWS PREDICTION: DEANNA BENNETT VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
WINNER: DEANNA BENNETT VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Bennett just outstruck and outworked Maia in a grueling affair. She overcame an illegal knee and put in a good performance.
ANDREA LEE VS ROXANNE MODAFFERI
ANDREWS PREDICTION: ROXANNE MODAFFERI VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
WINNER: ROXANNE MODAFFERI VIA SPLIT-DECISION
Andrews: A good performance by Lee, who took the fight on short notice, replacing Vanessa Porto. She used leg kicks and strikes to keep Modafferi honest and was active off her back. Modafferi was a bit better. She kept charging forward, trying to match Lee’s work rate, while sneaking in some takedowns. Modafferi’s full mount work in the third round sealed the deal. Good win.
TONYA EVINGER VS CINDY DANDOIS
ANDREWS PREDICTION:TONYA EVINGER VA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WINNER: TONYA EVINGER VIA SECOND ROUND ARMBAR SUBMISSION
Andrews: Avenger put on a submission clinic, controlling Dandois for much of the bout. A nice tidy armbar and an excellent performance for Evinger.
“THE KARATE HOTTIE” MICHELLE WATERSON VS HERICA TIBURCIO
ANDREWS PREDICTION: MICHELLE WATERSON VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WINNER: HERICA TIBURCIO VIA SUBMISSION
Andrews: The story here is not about Waterson losing. It’s about Tiburcio winning. Tiburcio was not intimidated by the all-around prowess of Waterson and matched her intensity, constantly looking for submissions everywhere and pressuring her. She didn’t panic when Waterson put her in some dangerous positions and took all of her best strikes. An excellent performance by the Brazilian and a classy moment afterwards by both fighters.