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Invicta FC 46: Karina Rodriguez edges Daiana Torquato to defend flyweight belt

Karina Rodriguez overcame the adjustments of Daiana Torquato to successfully defend her flyweight title in the main event of Invicta FC 46 in Kansas City.

Like in their first fight, Rodriguez tried to use her striking but was taken down in the first round late by Torquato, who took the fight on short notice. Torquato, however, couldn’t do much with the takedown, which became a theme for the entire fight.

Torquato tried to clinch and open up Rodriguez with kicks when she couldn’t get the fight down, but Rodriguez put enough strikes to convince the judges to give her a 48-47, 47-48, 49-46 win.

The win gives Rodriguez (10-4-0) her second straight win over Torquato and completes her first defence of her title. Torquato (10-5-0) suffered her second consecutive loss.

In the co-main event, Brazilian Denise Gomes, who took the fight on short notice and was making her Invicta debut, was beaten down for two rounds before mounting an incredible comeback in the third and final round to stop Milana Dudieva.

Gomes was almost submitted in the first round, then was dropped twice in the second round and was seconds from being put away. In the last round, Gomes caught a fatigued Dudieva with strikes up against the cage and then used knees to drop her. Follow up strikes forced referee Nick Berens to call the bout at 1:56.

In other bouts:

KARINA RODRIGUEZ DEF. DAIANA TORQUATO VIA SD (48-47, 47-48, 49-46)

DENISE GOMES VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 1:56

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

PAULINA GRANADOS VS. MONIQUE ADRIANE 

WINNER: MONIQUE ADRIANE VIA UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MONIQUE ADRIANE VIA UD

Andrews: Granados was very rusty and it showed.

KRISTINA WILLIAMS VS. FLORE HANI

WINNER: KRISTINA WILLIAMS VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: FLORE HANI VIA UD

Andrews: Williams did just enough. Not a barnburner of a bout.

DANIELLE TAYLOR VS. LIZ TRACY 

WINNER: LIZ TRACY VIA UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DANIELLE TAYLOR VIA TKO

Andrews: Okay, Tracy missed weight, but I really thought Taylor would find a way to land her power shots and once again, she wasn’t able to. Disappointing.

MILANA DUDIEVA VS. DENISE GOMES

WINNER: DENISE GOMES VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 1:56

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DENISE GOMES VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! This was the fight of the night to me and I hope Gomes got a performance of the night bonus too. Dudieva made some tactical mistakes when she had Gomes down and it cost her.

MAIN EVENT

KARINA RODRIGUEZ VS. DAIANA TORQUATO

WINNER: KARINA RODRIGUEZ VIA SD (48-47, 47-48, 49-46)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KARINA RODRIGUEZ VIA UD

Andrews: Torquato did make some successful adjustments, but could not inflict enough damage with them. Give Rodriguez credit for battling through with her striking.

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KenaiAndrews
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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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