REPLAY: Invicta FC 4 results: Esparza takes debut Strawweight title over Hyatt


Invicta FC 4
Memorial Hall
Kansas City, Kan.
Saturday, Jan 5

Complete Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt Results:

Main Card:
Carla Esparza def. Bec Hyatt via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Alexis Davis def. Shayna Baszler via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, :58
Leslie Smith def. Raquel Pennington via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sarah D’Alelio def. Amanda Nunes via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Ediane Gomes def. Hiroko Yamanaka via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Joanne Calderwood def. Livia Von Plettenberg via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Prelim Card:
Cassie Rodish def. Stephanie Frausto via TKO (strikes) - Round 3, 1:04
Tamikka Brents def. Amanda Bell via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jodie Esquibel def. Liz McCarthy via majority decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Rose Namajunas def. Emily Kagan via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 3:44
Tecia Torres def. Paige Van Zant via unanim! ous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Veronica Rothenhausler def. Katalina Malungahu via KO (punch) – Round 1, 1:12
Laura Marcusse-Sanko def. Cassie Robb via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:07

Fight Description

Twenty-five year old sensation Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza (9-2) of Redondo Beach, Calif. earned a five-round unanimous decision over a game “Rowdy” Bec Hyatt (4-! 2) of Brisbane, Australia to become the first-ever Invicta Fighting Championships strawweight (115 pounds) champion, in the main event of a star-studded 13-bout women’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event at Memorial Hall in Kansas City on Saturday, Jan. 5, live on             

Esparza effectively weathered the storm brought on by the 23-year-old Hyatt, who took the title fight on just over a week’s notice after Esparza’s original opponent, Claudia Gadelha, was forced to withdraw from the matchup due to a broken nose sustained in training.  Hyatt was originally slated to face Joanne Calderwood on the main card.

Esparza repeatedly took Hyatt down whenever the Australian attempted to explode on her feet.  Esparza controlled the action on the ground, but was unable to finish Hyatt at any point.

In the bantamweight (135 pounds) co-main event and a much-ant! icipated rematch, Alexis Davis (13-5) of Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada avenged a 2010 loss to fellow top contender Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler (15-8) of Sioux Falls, S.D., putting Baszler to sleep with a rear-naked choke in the third round (:58) of their matchup.

Davis and Baszler engaged in a competitive battle on the mat for much of the first two rounds before finishing the second stanza on their feet, exchanging blows.

In the outset of the third frame, the two traded shots on their feet again before Baszler slipped and gave Davis the opportunity to take Baszler’s back and secure the finishing hold.  Baszler refused to tap out and, instead, went to sleep, prompting the referee to stop the action at the 58 second mark of the round.

In other Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt main card action,Leslie “The Peacemaker” S! mith (5-2-1) of Pleasant Hill, Calif. engaged Raquel “Rocky” Pennington (3-3) of Colorado Springs, Colo. in a three-round firefight, outslugging Pennington to earn a unanimous decision victory in bantamweight action.

Sarah “The Monster” D’Alelio(7-3) of San Jose, Calif. effectively neutralized the dangerous punching power of Amanda “Lioness of the Ring” Nunes (7-3) of Salvador Bahia, Brazil, taking the bantamweight fight to the mat repeatedly before earning a unanimous decision.  An illegal upkick to the face by Nunes in the second round cost her a point on each of the judges’ scorecards.

Ediane Gomes(9-2) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. notched her second consecutive Invicta FC victory and her third straight win overall, by taking a unanimous decision from Hiroko Yamanaka (12-3) of Kisarazu, Japan in a featherweight (145 pounds) tilt.

Joanne Calderwood(5-0) of Glasgow, Scottland used her long reach to keep Muay Thai champion and Matt-Lindland protégé Livia Von Plettenberg (1-1) at bay and punish Von Plettenberg with a mix of front kicks to the face and knee and elbow strikes for the majority of three rounds before being awarded a unanimous decision.

In preliminary card action, Veronica Rothenhausler (1-0) of Reno, Nev. made an explosive professional debut, crumbling Katalina Malungahu of Las Vegas, Nev. to the canvas with a right hand to the chin in the first round (1:12) of their featherweight matchup.

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Ryann Von Doom site profile image  

1/9/13 11:49 AM by Ryann Von Doom

Slow, one and two punches thrown, just looked off her game. Bec on the oherhand looked amazing in her loss.

Mainsy site profile image  

1/9/13 11:22 AM by Mainsy

What makes you think that?

MCchoke site profile image  

1/8/13 9:52 AM by MCchoke

Calderwood is hands down my favorite Invicta fighterbut i dont know if she is strong enough for Bec just yetwho knows?either wayi was kinda happy they didnt fightit would be one of those fights where it sucks someone has to lose

Ryann Von Doom site profile image  

1/8/13 9:46 AM by Ryann Von Doom

Carla did great and nothing boring about the fight at all.

Ryann Von Doom site profile image  

1/8/13 9:45 AM by Ryann Von Doom

Mauro usually is the pbp guy but was in japan for glory/dream

armbarring site profile image  

1/8/13 7:58 AM by armbarring

1. UGer 2. Positive Attitude 3. Adorable. :)

Strategy101 site profile image  

1/8/13 7:09 AM by Strategy101

Thank you for the fight. Hopefully a rematch is in the near future. You've definitely earned a fan here. The aggressive fighting style is definitely going to make you a fan favorite. As for the event itself, while there clearly were issues, its still awesome. I find myself enjoying Invicta events more than some of the UFC events simply because these ladies seem to be more hungry to make something happen, unlike some of the men who are just content to fight to decision win or lose. I actually like the addition of Bas Rutten, but I've always enjoyed his sort of "comedic relief" and I find that Mo and Julie bring enough serious commentary that its balanced enough. I do think it would help for them to get a little more synergy, but people are spoiled by Goldie and Rogan who have been at it for years together. I really wish some cable channel would invest into Invicta to help keep them free to watch, but also give them a larger audience and possibly generate even more revenue (via paid advertisements). In terms of professionalism and production I feel like they're close to Bellator, and with a bit more work and cash backing I think they could be pretty special. In all, I've been nothing but pleased with all of the Invicta cards. Invicta has really added another exciting avenue of fighting not just for women fighters, but for us fans as well.

RowdyBec site profile image  

1/8/13 12:16 AM by RowdyBec

Just read all of the PBP :) Very entertaining & everyone is entitled to their own opinion!!  Hope to get the chance to throw down again in front of you all soon :)

pidgey site profile image  

1/7/13 4:07 PM by pidgey

Just watched it.Good event, just a few points i want to bitch on:- The recorded video on USTREAM cuts off at one minute and something before the end of the main event.The limit for video length on USTREAM is 3 hourse, that must be the reason but WTF.- The commentating team was composed by 3 fighters and that turned the whole thing into a gigantic clusterfuck.Invicta needs a pro play-by-play guy.Also there was something wrong with the mics because i could hear the public and the cornermen better than the commentators.

DiscipleDojo site profile image  

1/7/13 3:22 PM by DiscipleDojo

^Agree with this.   I'd love to see a rematch when both have had proper time to train for one another's game.