Sunday, July 16, 2017

Poor main event sucked the life out of Invicta FC 24

When Megan Anderson and then Tonya Evinger left Invicta to go to the UFC, I thought this show should have been cancelled because the main event was already weak and changing it was going to make it worse. Maybe contractually they can't cancel it. The quality of the show simply confirmed my main criticism of Invicta matchmaking. They need to stop bringing in unproven European fighters for main card matches. Let them prove themselves on the prelims. What they are doing doesn't work. I suggested to a fighter that the undefeated record has a shine to it even if the fighter turns out to be terrible. She said that shine is overrated and I agree except on a superficial level. And there's more to good matchmaking than a zero on the right side. The results bear this out. While we were all watching last night's show, Ayaka Hamasaki announced on Twitter that she is vacating the Invicta Atomweight Championship. She has a couple of options. She could be in the RIZIN Atomweight tournament except Ayaka trains RENA. So I think the more likely destination will be to challenge Ham Seo Hee for the Road FC Atomweight Championship. Like Ham, Ayaka can make real money there. I expect we will see a match for the Invicta Atomweight Championship shortly. After all the changes, the main event had former UFC fighter Milana Dudieva vs newcomer Mara Romero Borella. Not every ex-UFC fighter should be in Invicta. I never thought Milana should have been in the UFC in the first place. She's a terrible fighter and she's boring. Mara is from Italy but she now trains at American Top Team. She won by split decision but the fight was close in a bad way. There was way too much stalling. It was one of those fights where neither fighter did enough to win. Call it a no contest due to incompetence. The co-main event probably determined who will get a shot at the Atomweight belt. Jinh Yu Frey beat Ashley Cummins by unanimous decision. The fight was OK and Jinh won easily as expected. In a Welterweight match, Pam Sorenson beat Helena Kolesnyk by first round armbar. First of all, Pam missed weight. Helena is the undefeated Russian fighter who was supposed to be in the main event. The problem with her is if you watch her matches on Youtube, there's something fishy about her. The Invicta commentators admitted this. So if everyone can see this, why was she brought in? Not surprisingly, Helena looked terrible and didn't last long. In a Flyweight bout, Karina Rodriguez beat Barbara Acioly by first round TKO. Both are Invicta newcomers. Karina is a teammate of Irene Aldana. Barbara is Brazilian but she now trains at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento. She's an attractive girl but based on this fight, she stinks. Karina is 34 years old which at this level is too old. In a Strawweight bout, Miranda Maverick beat Gabby Romero by unanimous decision. Gabby's undoing was the infamous headlock takedown. Trainers need to get fighters to stop doing this move. So Gabby beat herself. In a Strawweight match Sunna Davidsdottir beat Kelly D'Angelo by unanimous decision. Sunna wasn't able to finish but I like her though at 32 years of age, the clock is ticking on her. I could see her on a UFC Europe show sooner rather than later. And in the opening Welterweight bout, Felicia Spencer won over Amy Coleman by first round rear naked choke. Felicia needs better competition. I didn't like Amy the first time I saw her. The next Invicta show will be at the Tachi Palace in Cali end of August. They have announced a couple of fights but I will evaluate the entire card when it is announced.

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