The 8 most memorable Invicta FC fights of 2016
2016 was kind for the most part to Invicta FC, who suffered their share of injuries and missed weights, but continued to consistently deliver solid cards.
We saw the emergence of Angela Hill, who returned from the UFC to become the company’s strawweight champion and Japanese atomweight Ayaka Hamasaki, who not only won the belt, but had two exciting title defences.
Let’s take a look at some of Invicta’s most memorable fights of 2016.
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This was a shocker at the time as it appeared Kunitskaya pulled off the upset, but then it turned into a controversial oversight by the referee that was successfully challenged by Evinger afterwards into a no-contest. Evinger was reinstated as the champion seeing Evinger locked in the armbar remains a memory. A rematch is almost certain for 2017.
This, combined with was Hill’s title win over Livia Renata Souza at Invicta FC 17 and Stephanie Eggink was her ground game coming out party. Hill turned a demotion from the UFC into the next best thing. A champion in the best women’s MMA organization in the world.
One of the company’s upsets of the year. An excellent performance and gameplan by Holliday to get the tap against a great kickboxing artist.
2017 could be the breakout year for Frey. After nearly getting the win in the first round, the crafty Hamasaki came on strong, with her strikes opening the cut above Frey’s eye that stopped the fight.
A good old-fashioned scrap. The striker vs the wrestler. Need I say more?
Walker was on her way to victory when perhaps the best spinning backfist of the year stopped her in her tracks.
The plucky Hamasaki overcame nearly tapping in the first round to getting the tap in the third round with outstanding resilience and technique. She made my 2016 All-Invicta Pro team.
A solid fistfight that tested Aldana’s chin and confirmed she was ready for the next level at the UFC. This fight gave Van Duin some props for her toughness.