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Herica Tiburcio celebrates.

After The Crossfire – Invicta FC X: Waterson vs Tiburcio

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.

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RACHAEL OSTOVICH VS EVVA JOHNSON

Invicta FC X

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

Invicta FC X

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

Invicta FC X

 

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

Invicta FC X

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

Invicta FC X

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

Invicta FC X

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

Invicta FC X

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.

MAIN EVENT

“THE KARATE HOTTIE” MICHELLE WATERSON VS HERICA TIBURCIO

Invicta FC X

 

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.

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

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