The atomweight belt will be defended tonight by champion Ayaka Hamasaki (12-1-0) in Las Vegas at Invicta FC 16.
Hamasaki, who won the belt from Herica Tiburcio at Invicta FC 13, will face challenger Amber Brown (6-1-0) in what should be a hotly contested main event.
Welcome back to The Crossfire.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.
ASHLEY GREENWAY (0-0-0) VS SARAH CLICK (0-0-0)
Andrews: Both fighters are solid up-and-comers who have bucked the odds making it to Invicta. Greenway is a likeable 31-year-old, seven years older than Click and trained by her husband Alan. I watched Greenway’s fight against Tecia Torres where although she was competitive, she had trouble on the mat getting taken down and controlled. Greenway has made improvements from that fight, but from what I have seen from Click, I have to go with her standup.
Andrews Prediction: Sarah Click via unanimous decision
KELLY MCGILL (2-0-0) VS ASPEN LADD (2-0-0)
Andrews: Ladd is 21-years-old and already has two finishes in her bouts. She is taking the fight on short notice against Killer Kelly, who has the reach and height advantage. McGill is the favourite here but I am going with the upset in Ladd to use her pressuring techniques to throw McGill off her game, take it to the ground and get the submission.
Andrews Prediction: Aspen Ladd via submission
ANDREA LEE (4-1-0) VS SARAH D’ALELIO (8-6-0)
Andrews: KGB is rolling with confidence right now, with back-to-back submission wins. I like her aggressive Muay Thai style, she’s the female version of Donald Cerrone. D’Alelio is a tough competitor who has been there since the first Invicta show, but her only chance is to get the fight to the ground with her wrestling and grappling. KGB will pile up the points on the feet and can transition to the ground if need be.
Andrews Prediction: Andrea Lee via submission
HERICA TIBURCIO (9-3-0) VS JINH YU FREY (4-1-0)
Andrews: Which Tiburcio will show up? If the Tiburcio that dismantled Michelle Waterson appears tonight, she should win, but technically she missed weight, (although she wasn’t penalized due to a contract technicality) which is concerning. I have to go with Frey to score just enough points with her striking to get the upset.
Andrews Prediction: Jinh Yu Frey via split-decision
ROXANNE MODAFFERI (18-12-0) VS DEANNA BENNETT(8-1-0)
Andrews: Bennett is coming off a title shot loss to Renata Souza at Invicta FC 15. But she’s fought the best of the best and competed. Modafferi’s footwork and striking is solid but she hasn’t fared as well against top-notch competition. I think Bennett comes in and finds a way to get the fight to the ground and wear down Modafferi.
Andrews Prediction: Deanna Bennett via unanimous decision
IRENE ALDANA (5-2-0) VS JESSAMYN DUKE (3-3-0)
Andrews: Jessamyn Duke needs a win badly. Her three losses in the UFC got her cut and now she has a hungry fighter in Aldana tonight. Despite her height and reach advantages, I think Aldana will pressure and outstrike her. Aldana can also put you away on the ground.
Andrews Prediction: Irene Aldana via TKO.
ANGELA HILL (3-2-0) VS STEPHANIE EGGINK (4-2-0)
Andrews: Hill really has her hands full with Eggink, a striker who has a solid ground game. The ground is Hill’s weakness and look for Eggink to take the fight to the ground at the first opportunity. Will Hill’s losses to Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres help her here? It should, but it’s critical Hill keeps the fight on the feet. It’s a tossup here, but I’m going with the experience of Hill gives her the edge.
Andrews Prediction: Angela Hill via split-decision
VANESSA PORTO (18-6-0) VS JENNIFER MAIA (12-4-1)
Andrews: Maia lost to Porto via submission almost 5 years ago, so this is her chance to even the score. She is returning to Invicta after a loss to Deanna Bennett at Invicta FC 10. Both fighters are better since there, but I don’t see the result changing here. Porto is on a three-fight Invicta win streak and I see her getting the decision win here.
Andrews Prediction: Vanessa Porto via unanimous decision
AYAKA HAMASAKI (12-1-0) VS AMBER BROWN (6-1-0)
Andrews:The thing is Hamasaki is deceptively strong and crafty. Her wrestling and grappling frustrates opponents and while she can be bullied with strength, it takes a lot of technique to go with it. Amber has the strength, but not enough technique to take the belt from Yamasaki.
Andrews Prediction: Ayaka Hamasaki via unanimous decision