Stretching her win streak to five, Mara Borella enjoyed a successful Invicta FC debut when she defeated former UFC fighter Milana Dudieva by split decision in the Invicta FC 24 main event.
Invicta FC 24 took place on Saturday, July 15 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri and offered a stacked card despite suffering from big name pullouts as Megan Anderson and Tonya Evinger both head towards the UFC despite originally being scheduled for this event. Also Yana Kunitskaya was forced to withdraw from the show with an injury on short notice.
In the headline event, Borella was keen to strike whilst Dudieva tried to make it her fight by taking it to the floor. Borella continued to apply the pressure and walked away the winner by split decision.
In the co-main event of the evening, Jinh Hu Frey defeated Ashley Cummins via unanimous decision. Despite numerous close armbar attempts from Cummins, Frey was much the aggressor and had her hand raised after 15 gruelling minutes for the pair of atomweights.
Pam Sorenson backed her talk up when she achieved exactly what she set out to do – to exploit the flawed ground game of Helena Kolesnyk. After a successful takedown, Sorensen landed a flurry of punches from full mount and then submitted Kolesnyk with a perfect armbar submission.
Karina Rodriguez made big on her Invicta FC debut when she finished Barbara Acioly in the very first round. After a flurry of punches rocked Acioly, Rodriguez was relentless in pursuit of the finish and she was awarded it with less than half of round one passed.
At just 20 years of age, Miranda Maverick defeated Gabby Romero. Maverick came into the fight against Romero knowing of the dangers on the ground. After surviving submission attempts at the end of the first round, Maverick went on to control the fight and won via decision.
Sunna Davidsdottir kept her unblemished record in tact when she dominated Kelly D’angelo on her way to a unanimous decision victory. Some excellent striking alongside work in the clinch gifted the Icelander the win.
In a highly anticipated featherweight contest, Felicia Spencer made light work of Amy Coleman with a first round submission. The youngster is keen to be the face to replace Megan Anderson in the Invicta featherweight division.