There were a lot of upsets, but Justino wasn’t one of them. She is expected to drop down to 135 in order to challenge UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
Welcome back to The Crossfire.
MMA Crossfire Expert Kenai Andrews checks in:
MARINA SHAFIR VS AMBER LEIBROCK
ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARINA SHAFIR VIA SUBMISSION
WINNER: AMBER LEIBROCK VIA TKO R1 0:37
Andrews: The experience of Shafir crumbled quickly with the two overhand rights by Leibrock which knocked her down. No amount of Invicta FC jitters could prevent her from getting the TKO finish at that point. Excellent debut win for Amber.
AMY CADWELL MONTENEGRO VS JAMIE MOYLE
ANDREWS PREDICTION: AMY CADWELL MONTENEGRO VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WINNER: JAMIE MOYLE VIA SPLIT DECISION (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Andrews: This was a tough standup back-and-forth fight, but Moyle landed a few more impact shots. Great performance by both fighters.
AMBER BROWN VS CATHERINE COSTIGAN
ANDREWS PREDICTION: CATHERINE COSTIGAN VIA SUBMISSION
WINNER: AMBER BROWN VIA SUBMISSION R1 3:34
Andrews: Brown bullied Costigan almost from the start. Once the fight went to the ground, Brown secured full mount and methodically got the rear-naked choke. Costigan, while a tough cookie, could not escape the mount.
PANNIE KIANZAD VS JESSICA-ROSE CLARK
ANDREWS PREDICTION: PANNIE KIANZAD VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WINNER: PANNIE KIANZAD VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Andrews: Kianzad ate some leg kicks, but had enough in the tank to use her technical skills to fire nice jabs and strikes. Clark will be back as she to protect more against the counters to her kicks.
ATOMWEIGHT TITLE MATCH
HERICA TIBURCIO VS AYAKA HAMASAKI
ANDREWS PREDICTION: HERICA TIBURCIO VIA SUBMISSION
WINNER: AYAKA HAMASAKI VIA SPLIT-DECISION (47-48, 48-47, 49-46)
Andrews: Fantastic performance by Hamasaki by nullifying the ground game of Tiburcio with her wrestling and aggressive strikes. Tiburcio had a few submission chances, but Hamasaki maintained the dominant position on the ground for the most part. This was about Ayaka winning and not Herica losing.And we should acknowledge the class sportsmanship of Tiburcio afterwards.
BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE MATCH
TONYA EVINGER VS IRENE ALDANA
ANDREWS PREDICTION: IRENE ALDANA VIA TKO
WINNER: TONYA EVINGER VIA TKO R4 4:38
Andrews: Evinger used her wrestling and trips to get Aldana off her feet and inflicted a lot of ground and pound along with an armbar attempt that should have put away Aldana early. Aldana showed extraordinary heart by not giving up but Evinger finally put her away in the fourth round.
FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE MATCH
CRISTIANE JUSTINO VS FAITH VAN DUIN
ANDREWS PREDICTION: CRISTIANE JUSTINO VIA TKO
WINNER: CRISTIANE JUSTINO VIA TKO R1 0:45
Andrews: Another quick and brutal win for Cyborg.