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Invicta FC 48: Bantamweight champion Taneisha Tennant edges Olga Rubin by split-decision in Denver

Invicta FC bantamweight champion Taneisha Tennant had to dust off her takedown defence and grappling in her matchup with Olga Rubin Wednesday night at Invicta FC 48.

After a feeling out period in the first round that benefitted Rubin, Tennant (5-1-0) started to find some range and  added some timely striking in the championship rounds to overcome a dangerous looking Buggy choke submission attempt from Rubin in the fourth round.

The judges scored it with scores of 47-48, 48-47, and 50-45 for Tennant.

One of the keys of the fight was that although Rubin scored some nice takedowns, she was not able to inflict any damage, something that the judges were looking for. Tennant landed the more damaging shots, wobbling Rubin several times during the fight. A late fifth-round  flurry from Tennant helped seal the deal. Many fans would agree that Tennant lost the first round due to her caution and Rubin’s takedown, yet one judge scored the entire fight for the champion.

With the win, Tennant has now defended her title for the first time. In the post-fight interview, she simply said that she wants the toughest fights.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

AUTTUMN NORTON VS. MARIA DKUJIC 

WINNER: AUTTUMN NORTON VIA TKO R2 1:02

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARIA DKUJIC VIA UD

 

Andrews: That was a good knockdown by Norton. Hard luck for the Canadian.

AMBER LEIBROCK VS. MORGAN FRIER

 

WINNER: AMBER LEIBROCK VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 3:09

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MORGAN FRIER VIA TKO

Andrews: I have to tip my hat to Amber, who used her Invicta experience to get the tap. Good win.

MELISSA ODDESSA VS. ISIS VERBEEK

 

WINNER: ISIS VERBEEK VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ISIS VERBEEK VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Verbeek made up for that outfit at the weigh-ins with a solid performance.

LIANA PIROSIN VS. KRISTINA WILLIAMS

 

WINNER: KRISTINA WILLIAMS VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 3:16

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KRISTINA WILLIAMS VIA UD 

Andrews: Williams got the tap. It’s like she was double-parked or something.

TALITA BERNARDO VS. KATHARINA LEHNER

 

WINNER: TALITA BERNADO VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 1:39

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TALITA BERNADO VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Talita’s UFC experience overcame the striking and young talent of Lehner. Good fight. Calling for a title shot already. I like it.

MAIN EVENT

TANEISHA TENNANT VS. OLGA RUBIN 

Andrews: Rubin has lost to top competition so she will be competitive, but I think the striking of Tennant dictates this bout. She will pile up the points if she doesn’t finish Rubin.

Andrews Prediction: Taneisha Tennant via TKO

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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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