Katja Kankaanpaa won the Invicta FC strawweight crown with a come-from-behind win over Stephanie Eggink at Invicta FC 8.
At Invicta FC 12, she defends it for the first time against undefeated Brazilian Livia Renata Souza.
And with Souza, she cannot afford another slow start.
Welcome back to The Crossfire.
MMA Crossfire Expert Kenai Andrews shares his thoughts on the card.
GINA BEGLEY (0-0-0) VS SIJARA EUBANKS (0-0-0)
Andrews: Eubanks is the physical specimen, giving up height and reach to Begley. Both are making their debut. I think Eubanks gets this to the ground with her wrestling and hammers out a submission with her Jiu-Jitsu.
Andrews Prediction: Sijara Eubanks via submission.
SHANNON SINN (1-2-0) VS MAUREEN RIORDON (0-1-0)
Andrews: Sinn lost to Andrea Lee at Invicta FC 9. She likes to go for submissions on the ground but game on the feet, while Riordon is the striker. Sinn is aggressive, but I think Riordon catches Sinn before she can clamp a sub on.
Andrews Prediction: Maureen Riordon via TKO.
DELANEY OWEN (3-1-0) VS SHARON JACOBSON (2-1-0)
Andrews: Owen lost to JJ Aldrich at Invicta FC 8. She couldn’t get her BJJ game going in that one, but she should be packing motivation here. The problem is Jacobson has a solid wrestling background. Jacobson should be able to take the fight where she wants to with it and grind out a decision win.
Andrews Prediction: Sharon Jacobson via unanimous decision.
LACEY SCHUCKMAN (10-8-0) VS JENNY LIOU (3-1-0)
Andrews: Liou lost a unanimous decision to Jamie Moyle at Invicta FC 9. She showed a determination to keep in the fight, and landed takedowns but was beaten in the clinch. Has she improved enough to get past the wrestling and experience of Schuckman? Lacey has fought top opponents like Michelle Waterson and Carla Esparza, so I think she finds a way to avoid the takedown and get a decision.
Andrews Prediction: Lacey Schuckman via unanimous decision.
PEGGY MORGAN (3-2-0) VS LATOYA WALKER (4-0-0)
Andrews: Morgan is coming of a great performance of Andria Wawro at Invicta FC 10. She used her height and reach there, something she had a problem with in the past. Can she replicate that performance against The Black Mamba, who keeps coming forward with powerful looping right hands and strikes but making her Invicta debut? It all depends on which Morgan shows up. If she makes Walker work on the ground and uses her reach, she should win. If she takes too many Walker bombs, it will be over. Morgan will get it done, but it won’t be pretty.
Andrews Prediction: Peggy Morgan by unanimous decision.
EDIANE GOMES (10-3-0) VS RAQUEL PA’ALUHI (4-4-0)
Andrews: Pa’aluhi is a scrappy fighter coming off a short-notice decision win of Kaitlin Young at Invicta FC 9, but Gomes is a seasoned veteran. True, all of Gomes’ losses have been submissions, but Raquel does not have a submission win yet and I don’t feel she can knock Ediane out. I am rolling with Gomes for the decision win.
Andrews Prediction: Ediane Gomes via unanimous decision.
AMANDA BELL (3-2-0) VS FAITH VAN DUIN (4-1-0)
Andrews: Does Amanda Bell have the gas tank? She looked fantastic in her last fight but looked a little winded too. She can end the fight on the feet or ground, but her two losses have been taps. Faith brings Muay Thai to the table but is making her Invicta debut. I’m going with the upset. Faith gets the stoppage in an entertaining battle.
Andrews Prediction: Faith Van Duin via TKO.
ROXANNE MODAFFERI (17-11-0) VS VANESSA PORTO (17-6-0)
Andrews: This is a rematch of sorts. Modafferi stopped Porto at bantamweight seven years ago. Both fighters have grown since then. I don’t know if Porto can penetrate the striking of Modafferi with takedowns. If she can, then Roxanne will indeed need The Force, but Roxanne is in a groove and I have to go with her being able to keep the fight on the feet.
Andrews Prediction: Roxanne Modafferi via unanimous decision.
KATJA KANKAANPAA (10-1-1) VS LIVIA RENATA SOUZA (7-0-0)
Andrews: Katja cannot afford a slow start here. Souza is dangerous on the ground and that is her world. She constantly pressures, with her strikes to set up her kicks and takedowns. Kankaanpaa likes to access her opponent more. If Souza gets this to the ground, I think she will eventually get the tap. If it stays on the feet Katja has a good chance of taking some starch out of Souza. The early rounds will be key, but I see Souza upsetting the champ late with a tap.
Andrews Prediction: Livia Renata Souza via submission.