KANSAS CITY, KAN. (Oct. 6, 2012) â€“Atomweight (105 pounds) superstar Jessica Penne (10-1) of Laguna Hills, Calif. was crowned the first-ever Invicta Fighting Championships world champion after submitting previously undefeated Naho â€œSugi Rockâ€ Sugiyama (8-1) of Kyoto, Japan with a triangle choke in the second round (2:20) of the main event at Memorial Hall in Kansas City on Saturday night, live on InvictaFC.com
In bantamweight (135 pounds) co-main event action, Shayna â€œThe Queen of Spadesâ€ Baszler (15-7) of Sioux Falls, S.D. used a brilliant ground game to find an opening and submit rising star Sarah â€œThe Monsterâ€ Dâ€™Alelio (6-3) of San Jose, Calif. with a rear-naked choke in the second round (:37) of action.
The much-anticipated bantamweight rematch between Leslie Smith (4-2-1) of Pleasant Hill, Calif. and Kaitlin Young (7-7-1) of St. Louis Park, Minn. played to a far different tempo as the two rivals took their fight to the mat this time around, rather than exchanging flurries of strikes as they did during the first go-around at the inaugural Invicta FC card in April. In the second round, Smith scrambled to top position off a missed kneebar attempt, and from mount position, unloaded punches until the referee stopped the contest at the 2:19 mark of the round.
In the opening main card bout, Julia â€œThe Jewelâ€ Budd (4-2) of Port Moody, CA. notched her second Invicta FC victory by scoring a TKO on Danielle â€œThe Honey Badgerâ€ West (4-4-1) of London, U.K. in the first round (2:32) of action.
Complete Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama Results:
Jessica Penne def. Naho Sugiyama via submission (triangle choke) â€“ Round 2, 2:20
Shayna Baszler def. Sarah Dâ€™Alelio via submission (rear-naked choke) â€“ Round 2, :37
Leslie Smith def. Kaitlin Young via TKO (punches) â€“ Round 2, 2:19
Barb Honchak def. Aisling Daly via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Vanessa Porto def. Tara LaRosa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Cat Zingano def. Raquel Pennington via submission (rear-naked choke) â€“ Round 2, 3:32
Michelle Waterson def. Lacey Schuckman via majority decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Julia Budd def. Danielle West via TKO (strikes) â€“ Round 1, 2:32
Ediane Gomes def. Katalina Malungahu via submission (rear-naked choke) â€“ Round 1, 4:19
Tecia Torres def. Kaiyana Rain via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jessamyn Duke def. Marciea Allen via submission (armbar) â€“ Round 1, 4:42
Stephanie Frausto def. Amy Davis via submission (guillotine choke) â€“ Round 1, :48
Joanne Calderwood def. Ashley Cummins via KO (knee) â€“ Round 1, 3:13
Carla Esparza def. Lynn Alvarez via TKO (strikes) â€“ Round 1, 2:53
Leave your feedback on this article by posting a comment directly below! You can also chat about the latest news in the MMANEWS.COM Forums and/or the MMANEWS.COM Facebook. If that wasn_t enough, MMANEWS.COM is now on Twitter as well @mmanewsdotcom.