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Invicta FC 25: Kunitskaya decisions Pa’Aluhi to win bantamweight title

Yana Kunitskaya (10-3-0, 1NC) used her striking to neutralize the grappling of Raquel Pa’Aluhi (6-6-0) en route to a unanimous decision victory at Invicta FC 25 Thursday evening.

Kunitskaya is now the Invicta FC bantamweight champion in her third attempt after the belt was vacated by Tonya Evinger.

ASHLEY MEDINA VS JILLIAN DECOURSEY

WINNER: JILLIAN DECOURSEY VIA SD (29-28 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JILLIAN DECOURSEY VIA UD

Andrews: Things were pretty even over two rounds, but Decoursey worked for the rear-naked choke in the final round to separate her from Medina. Good win for Jillian.

CHERI MURASKI VS TRACY CORTEZ 

WINNER: CHERI MURASKI VIA SUBMISSION R2 2:42

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CHERI MURASKI VIA UD

Andrews: Cortez did well for herself early, bloodied Mursaki’s nose and landed good shots. But Muraski returned fire in the second round and secured the guillotine to get the tap. Good fight.

SHAIANNA RINCON VS COURTNEY KING

WINNER: SHAIANNA RINCON VIA TKO R2 3:41

ANDREWS PREDICTION: COURTNEY KING VIA UD

Andrews: Rincon used her powerful base to shake off the jitters in the first round and secure the full mount and use ground-and-pound in the second frame to earn the win. King was taking the fight on short notice. She’ll be back.

AMBERLYNN ORR VS SARAH KLECZKA

Invicta FC 25

WINNER: SARAH KLECZKA VIA SD (28-29, 29-28 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: AMBERLYNNkl ORR VIA UD

Andrews: Not a barnburner of a fight. Kleczka outworked Orr, at least in the judges eyes.

SHINO VANHOOSE VS ALYSE ANDERSON

WINNER: SHINO VANHOOSE VIA SD 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALYSE ANDERSON VIA UD

Andrews: Another grinding bout which saw the experience of Vanhoose overcome Anderson.

SHARON JACOBSON VS KALI ROBBINS 

WINNER: KALI ROBBINS VIA SUBMISSION R1 0:42

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SHARON JACOBSON VIA UD

Andrews: I don’t think many expected to see Jacobson arm-barred in under a minute after starting so great, but that’s what happened. Excellent win for Robbins, but she didn’t make weight.

ALEXA CONNOR VS KATHARINA LEHNER 

WINNER: KATHARINA LEHNER VIA TKO R1 4:21

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEXA CONNOR VIA UD

Andrews: It was a straight left hand that crumpled Connors and gave Lehner the win. But she didn’t make weight.

LIVIA RENATA SOUZA VS JANAISA MORANDIN 

WINNER: LIVIA RENATA SOUZA VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LIVIA RENATA SOUZA VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Credit Morandin for making Souza work for the win, but in the end, Souza’s skills were too much.

MAIN EVENT

YANA KUNITSKAYA VS RAQUEL PA’ALUHI

WINNER: YANA KUNITSKAYA VIA UD (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RAQUEL PA’ALUHI VIA UD

Andrews: Pa’Aluhi’s grappling was neutralized by the standup and clinch of Yana for the most part of the bout. Kunitslaya also landed her strikes and let the distance to her advantage. It appears Pa’Aluhi needs to continue to improve her striking and her takedown transitions. A good win for the Russian and hard luck to the Hawaiian.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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