Invicta FC 40

Invicta FC 40: Emily Ducote grounds Julianna Lima

Big win for former Bellator title contender

Emily Ducote (9-6-0) used her ground game and some key striking to counter Julianna Lima (10-7-0, 1NC) in the main event of Invicta FC 40 Thursday night in Kansas City.

Lima used striking to bag the first round but Ducote started turning the tide in the second round with her wrestling.

Ducote’s momentum continued in the third, as she connected more often than her winded opponent. Lima’s right eye wore a big cut courtesy of her ground work.

The judges scored it 29-28, 29-28, and 29-28.

The win puts Ducote in the conversation for a possible strawweight title shot.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

GENIA GOODIN VS. SHELBY KOREN 

Invicta FC 40

WINNER: GENIA GOODIN VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: GENIA GOODIN VIA UD

Andrews: A single fight’s experience proved to be a factor for Goodin.

TRISHA CICERO VS. LAURA GALLARDO 

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WINNER: TRISHA CICERO VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TRISHA CICERO VIA UD

Andrews: Another close one. Good short notice win for Trisha.

CHELSEA CHANDLER VS. OLIVIA PARKER

 

WINNER: CHELSEA CHANDLER VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 1:05

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CHELSEA CHANDLER VIA UD

Andrews: Chandler had a plane to catch.

ALESHA ZAPPITELLA VS. LINDSEY VANZANDT

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WINNER: ALESHA ZAPPITELLA VIA SD (28-29, 29-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LINDSEY VANZANDT VIA UD

Andrews: Full marks to Zappitella for overcoming the striking of Lindsey with her ground game.

MAIN EVENT

EMILY DUCOTE VS. JULIANNA LIMA

Invicta FC 40

Andrews: I like Ducote’s ground game to overtake Lima after some initial trouble.

Andrews Prediction: Emily Ducote va submission

@kenaiandrews Invicta FC 40: Emily Ducote grounds Julianna Lima

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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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