Alexa Grasso used crisp striking and footwork to earn a comfortable unanimous decision victory over Jodie Esquibel in the main event of Invicta FC 18.
Grasso, who was returning after some time out with an injury, controlled the fight with her distance control and piled up the points on Esquibel, who was limited to lunging in from the outside for the most part. Grasso bloodied her up in the third and hurt her several times with liver shots.
The judges scored it 30-27, 30-27, 30-26.
It will be interesting to see if this performance earns Grasso a title shot against champion Angela Hill.
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SIJARA EUBANKS VS AMBERLYNN ORR
WINNER: SIJARA EUBANKS VIA TKO R1 4:41
ANDREWS PREDICTION: AMBERLYNN ORR VIA SUBMISSION
Andrews: This was a tossup that went Eubanks’ way. Orr was simply overpowered by Eubanks once the fight went to the ground. You have to tip your cap to the skills of Eubanks.
ASPEN LADD VS JESSICA HOY
WINNER: ASPEN LADD VIA TKO R2 3:14
ANDREWS PREDICTION: ASPEN LADD VIA SUBMISSION
Andrews: Hoy kept the fight on the feet in the first, but Aspen hung in there and took advantage of a second-roud takedown and mount.
SIMONA SOUKUPOVA VS TESSA SIMPSON
WINNER: TESSA SIMPSON VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: TESSA SIMPSON VIA SUBMISSION
Andrews: Simpson used her Muay Thai well in the first two rounds, but Simona went into Nate Diaz mode in the third and almost finished the fight. Great fight.
MEGAN ANDERSON VS PEGGY MORGAN
WINNER: MEGAN ANDERSON VIA TKO R1 4:09
ANDREWS PREDICTION: MEGAN ANDERSON VIA TKO
Andrews: Anderson’s striking dominated the fight and while Morgan showed some toughness, the ending was predictable. Great win for Anderson.
CINDY DANDOIS VS JESSAMYN DUKE
WINNER: CINDY DANDOIS VIA SUBMISSION R1 1:33
ANDREWS PREDICTION: CINDY DANDOIS VIA SUBMISSION
Andrews: Just a fantastic armbar after getting Duke to the ground. Short and sweet as if she had a plan to catch. Great win for Cindy.
MIZUKI INOUE VS LYNN ALVAREZ
WINNER: MIZUKI INOUE VIA SUBMISSION R2 3:00
ANDREWS PREDICTION: MIZUKI INOUE VIA SUBMISSION
Andrews: Just another day at the office for Mizuki, patiently waiting for the moment to trap Alvarez on the ground, then calmly working for the tap. Great win for Mizuki.
AGNIESZKA NIEDQIEDZ VS CHRISTINE STANLEY
WINNER: AGNIESZKA NIEDZWIEDZ VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: AGNIESZKA NIEDZWIEDZ VIA TKO
Andrews: Agnieszka was impressive in striking with Stanley but getting critical takedowns and taking the starch out of her. I’ve never seen Stanley hit as much and worn down. Excellent win for the undefeated prodigy.
ALEXA GRASSO VS JODIE ESQUIBEL
WINNER: ALEXA GRASSO VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEXA GRASSO VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Grasso’s technical skills were sterling and helped her control the fight from start to finish. She had Equisbel hurt several times and bloodied her bad in the final round. Esquibel had her moments and never quit but could not match the striking nor get the fight to the ground. Grasso is back!