Los Angeles — Invicta Fighting Championships returned to action on Friday, Feb. 27, for Invicta FC 11: Cyborg vs. Tweet. The event took place from the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles. The eight-fight event streamed live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.
In the headline bout, Invicta FC featherweight champion Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino put her belt on the line against Canadian challenger Charmaine ‘Not So Sweet’ Tweet. Cyborg needed just 46 seconds to dispatch of the challenger with punches. The Brazilian connected with a massive left hook that sent Tweet crashing to the mat. Cyborg dropped heavy shots from the top that bloodied the face of Tweet. When Tweet tried to stand, Cyborg landed another heavy shot and referee Herb Dean stepped in to halt the contest.
Mexico’s Alexa Grasso and Japan’s Mizuki Inoue put on a show in the night’s co-main event. Grasso put together beautiful combinations on the feet, bloodying the nose of Inoue in round one. Grasso added kicks at the end of her flurries, turning the lead leg of Inoue red. When Inoue looked to take the fight to the ground in round two, Grasso attacked with an inverted triangle-kimura. Inoue went for a finish in round three, putting Grasso on her back and landing heavy shots. In the end, it wasn’t enough, as Grasso earned the decision win and kept her unbeaten record intact.
Making her strawweight debut, DeAnna Bennett remained undefeated with a hard-fought decision win over Norma Rueda Center. Bennett scored with combinations on the feet early, but used strong clinch work to control the action in the later rounds and claim victory.
Mexican bantamweight Irene Aldana picked up her second straight, first-round finish by rear-naked choke, submitting veteran Colleen Schneider. Aldana took advantage when Schneider tripped on the cage and immediately went for the finish. She took the back of Schneider and coerced the tap in just 65 seconds.
Jamie Moyle moved to 2-0 as a professional by choking opponent J.J. Aldrich unconscious with a first-round rear-naked choke. Moyle caught a kick from Aldrich and brought the fight to the ground. Once there, she took Aldrich’s back and secured the fight-finishing choke.
Strawweights Amy Montenegro and Brianna Van Buren battled hard for three rounds, with Montenegro emerging with a unanimous decision win. The pair traded dominant positions and submission attempts early, but it was Montenegro’s control from the clinch that proved to be the difference, as she earned the win on the scorecards.
Christine Stanley wasted little time in her Invicta debut, stopping late-notice opponent Laura Salazar by first-round TKO. Stanley rocked Salazar early, but Salazar showed heart and took the fight to the ground. Stanley scored with vicious elbows to earn the finish.
In a match-up between two flyweights making their pro debuts, Aspen Ladd bested Ana Carolina Vidal by first-round TKO. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Vidal took the fight to the ground quickly, but Ladd reversed the position and scored with heavy punches from the top to earn the stoppage.
Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino def. Charmaine Tweet by TKO (punches). Round 1, 0:46 – for featherweight title
Alexa Grasso def. Mizuki Inoue by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)
DeAnna Bennett def. Norma Rueda Center by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Irene Aldana def. Colleen Schneider by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:05
Jamie Moyle def. J.J. Aldrich by technical submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:20
Amy Montenegro def. Brianna Van Buren by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Christine Stanley def. Laura Salazar by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 2:59
Aspen Ladd def. Ana Carolina Vidal by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 4:21
About Invicta FC:
Invicta Fighting Championships is a world championship, all-pro mixed martial arts (MMA) fight series dedicated to providing female athletes with a major platform to hone their skills on a consistent basis. Founded in 2012 by longtime MMA executive Shannon Knapp, Invicta is committed to pioneering the future growth of women’s MMA by promoting the best possible match-ups between female competitors and identifying and developing future superstars of the sport. For more information, visit InvictaFC.com, follow Invicta on Twitter (@InvictaFights) and like Invicta on Facebook (Facebook.com/InvictaFights).