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Invicta FC 8 ‘Waterson vs. Tamada’ bonus report

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katja-champAfter a 9-month layoff, Invicta FC came back to Kansas City with a 10 fight card that had a little bit of everything. A new champion was crowned. Another retained. Two warriors closed out a trilogy with a fight that kept us captivated for its full duration. Another impressive professional debut was completed and a couple of new stars were born. Below we’ll take a look at the four fighters whose performances earned them bonuses on this special night for mixed martial arts.

• Fight of the Night: Katja Kankaanpää vs. Stephanie Eggink

The ‘Killer Bunny’ out of Finland found herself way down on the score cards in a fight that was coming to a close and saw her opponent nearly finish the fight in the fourth round with strikes on the ground. Former XFC champion Stephanie Eggink looked for multiple triangle chokes in the contest, but it would be Katja Kankaanpää who would force her opponent to tape out via the d’arce choke; the finish came with just two minutes and thirty seconds remaining in the fight to secure a world title and the best comeback in Invicta FC history.

With 11 former Invicta FC strawweights being signed by the UFC, most of which will be featured on the  TUF 20 world premiere this Wednesday night on FOX Sports, Kankaanpää and Eggink proved just how deep the 115 lbs talent pool is by delivering a fight more than worthy of its fight of the night status. You can count on a rematch sooner rather than later based on Eggink dominating for the better part of the fight. Or at least we’d hope.

• Performance of the Night: Irene Aldana & Tonya Evinger

Mexican bantamweight Irene Aldana was the revelation of the night. You don’t have to go any further than Peggy Morgan’s face to understand the two minutes and fifty seconds of destruction that took place.

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Aldna was able to drop Morgan twice in the contest before locking in the rear-naked choke and giving Morgan a chance to avoid further damage by either going to sleep or tapping out. She chose the latter. The woman they call ‘Robles’ improves her record to 4-1 after her finish of Morgan. Her lone professional loss came via TKO to undefeated Brazilian Larissa Moreira Pacheco late last year at Jungle Fight 63. Moreira will make her UFC debut this Saturday night in Brazil when she takes on Jessica Andrade. We’re intrigued.

Ediane Gomes come into her contest with Tonya Evinger as a -365 favorite. She was also the most likely pick to take on Cris Cyborg in her bantamweight debut. As a matter of fact, Gomes followed Cyborg after she heard the news of the P4P queen moving down from featherweight to bantamweight. After all, the two were supposed to compete for the inaugural Invicta FC featherweight crown back at Invicta FC 5. Gomes would suffer an untimely injury and would be replaced by Fiona Muxlow. So what does this all mean for Evinger? After her dominant performance and armbar finish, she finds herself in a real nice spot moving forward here. A fight with Cyborg and a second chance at the UFC could be in the cards for Evinger after handing Gomes her first loss since 2011, when she tapped out to now UFC bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey.

cover image credit – CombatPress

 

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