Jessica Penne puts her Invicta FC Atomweight Title on the line against Jackson MMA’s Michelle “Karate Hottie” Waterson in the night’s main event. In the co-main event, Vanessa Porto and Barb Honchak will battle it out for Invicta FC’s inaugural Flyweight Title.
Also on the card, the woman they call “Cyborg”, Cristiane Santos makes her long-awaited return to the cage after more than a year on the sidelines due to a steroid suspension. Australia’s Fiona Muxlow steps up to welcome Cyborg back to the cage as both ladies make their Invicta FC debuts.
Invicta FC 5’s LIVE stream will begin at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) on InvictaFC.com. The four-fight preliminary card will be free of charge, while the cost of the eight-fight main card will be $9.99. While you’re waiting for the fights to start check out our ProMMAnow.com Invicta FC 5 staff picks to see our thoughts and predictions on each bout.
Invicta FC 5 quick results:
- Atomweiight Title: Michelle Waterson def. Jessica Penne by submission (armbar) Rd 4 (2:31)
- Flyweight Title: Barb Honchak def. Vanessa Porto by unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 48-47)
- Featherweight: Cris Cyborg def. Fiona Muxlow by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (3:46)
- Bantamweight: Sarah Kaufman def. Leslie Smith by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Flyweight: Jennifer Maia def. Zoila Gurgel by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Bantamweight: Lauren Taylor def. Kaitlin Young by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Featherweight: Julia Budd def. Mollie Estes by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 3 (1:04)
- Strawweight: Bec Hyatt def. Jaminka Cive by submission (armbar) Rd 1 (3:30)
- Atomweight: Simona Soukupova def. Cassie Rodish by submission (standing guillotine) Rd 2 (3:20)
- Bantamweight: Miriam Nakamoto def. Jessamyn Duke by knockout (knee strikes) Rd 1 (2:20)
- Strawweight: Katja Kankaanpaa def. Juliana Carnerio Lim by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Strawweight: Rose Namajunas def. Kathina Catron by submission (flying armbar) Rd 1 (:12)
- Atomweight: Alex Chambers def. Jodie Esquibel by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (1:35)
Invicta FC 5 play-by-play:
Jodie Esquibel (@JodieEsquibel) vs. Alex Chambers (@AlexChambersMMA)
Round 1 – Jodie with a left hook, big leg kick, again. Body lock takedown from Alex, she takes Jodie’s back as she gets to her knees. Both hooks in from Alex, they roll to their backs. Jodie spins around to top position in half guard. Alex uses her half guard to turn Jodie enough to get her hooks back in and sink in the the rear-naked choke and Jodie Esquibel taps out.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Alex Chambers def. Jodie Esquibel by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (1:35)
Rose Namajunas (@RoseNamajunas) vs. Kathina Catron (@KillSwitchMMA)
Round 1 – Catron comes out quick. Rose pops her with a left hook, Catron grabs a Thai clinch and Rose jumps into a flying armbar and Catron taps at the 12 second mark! Holy Sh*t!! People don’t even get knockouts that fast very rarely. Amazing! Rose has the greatest fight celebration I’ve ever seen… she literally goes nuts and looks like she got electrocuted flopping around on the cage floor. Emotional.
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OFFICIAL RESULT: Rose Namajunas def. Kathina Catron by submission (flying armbar) Rd 1 (:12)
Katja Kankaanpää (@KillerBunny_MMA) vs. Juliana Carneiro Lima
Round 1 – Leg kick from Juliana and Katja puts her on her back, she gets caught in a guillotine though. Katja still surviving after several moments. Juliana holding the guillotine, lets it go and they stand up clinched against the cage with Katja pressing Juliana to the cage. Nice lateral drop from Katja to put Juliana on her back. Katja on top in half guard. Juliana goes for a leg but Katja escapes to her feet. Clinched against the cage, Juliana with a body lock as they wrestle for position. Katja turns her around. Juliana turns her around and Katja turns her back around and delivers a few knees to the thighs. They do the dosiedo a few more times. Nice knee from Katja, knee to the thigh, goes for a body lock takedown but Juliana stands firm. PMN sees it 10-9 for Katja, mostly for control as very few strikes were thrown in this round.
Round 2 – Clinch, knee from Katja. They separate and Katja tags her with a right left, then presses her to the cage, lands a couple knees. Juliana turns her around, drops levels and gets Katja down. Katja gets right up though and presses Juliana to the cage. Katja gets the takedown, gets full mount, lands a few punches then goes for the armbar. Juliana escapes to her knees, holding a front headlock on Katja. Katja pulls her back down, in side control she lands some big knees to the side of Juliana. Juliana kicks her off and gets to her feet. Leg kick from Juliana and Katja immediately shoots in pressing Juliana to the cage. Juliana turns her around. Katja turns her around with a few knees to the thighs. PMN sees it 10-9 for Katja.
Round 3 – Front kick, knee from Juliana, Katja shoots in and presses Juliana to the cage and lands several knees to the thighs. Juliana turns her around to the cage. They dosiedo, more knees from both girls to the thighs. Juliana almost gets a takedown from the clinch but Katja recovers and presses Juliana back to the cage. What a grueling clinch fight each round has been. From the clinch, Juliana lands a knee to the face. Katja turns her to the cage and lands three knees to the thighs. Juliana turns her back around, delivers a couple knees and an elbow or two. Juliana drops levels and puts Katja on her back. Now inside full guard. Short hammerfists from Juliana as Katja looks to make something happen. Referee Greg Franklin stands them up. That kind of sucks because Juliana had the advantage. He let them hug the whole fight against the cage but then stood them up. I don’t get that but whatever. PMN sees round three 10-9 for Juliana and the fight 29-28 for Katja.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Katja Kankaanpaa def. Juliana Carnerio Lim by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Jessamyn Duke (JessamynDuke) vs. Miriam Nakamoto
Round 1 – Touch gloves. Duke ties her up and presses her to the cage, looking to drop levels, now looking for the trip, wrestling in the clinch here. Over unders from both ladies. Duke gets some space, drops levels for the high crotch lift, lets it go as Nakamoto defends. They trade knees. Nakamoto hits Duke with one knee that drops Duke to her knees. Nakamoto lands another illegal knee and the fight is stopped. Big John says Duke was already out from the first knee so the second one is not even counted as illegal. I personally don’t understand that because Duke didn’t look out after the first.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Miriam Nakamoto def. Jessamyn Duke by knockout (knee strikes) Rd 1 (2:20)
Cassie Rodish vs. Simona Soukupova
Round 1 – Clinch. Rodish pushes her to the cage. Rodish lands some body shots. Soukupova turns her around, throwing some knees, Rodish turns her back around, gives her some body shots, looks for the body lock takedown but Soukupova defends. Right hand and front kick from Rodish. Rodish with the takedown but Soukupova muscles her over with underhooks while on their knees. Soukupova now on top in half guard, Rodish gets full guard, now rubber guard. Elbows from Rodish off her back. She transitions to the armbar, belly down. Kidney shots from Rodish with her free hand. Soukupova gets her arm free, has top control and drops a few nice punches to the jaw of Rodish. Rodish goes for the arm again before the bell. PMN sees it 10-9 Soukupova.
Round 2 – Leg kick from Soukupova. Rodish pushes her to the cage. Elbows and knees from Soukupova, she grabs an arm in guillotine, cranks it while standing a la Jon Jones versus Shogun. Rodish gets free and dumps Soukupova on her bottom. Soukupova gets up but Rodish scoops her legs out to put her back down. Soukupova is back up as Rodish presses her to the cage, she backs out, shoots in and gets her head caught in the guillotine again while standing. Rodish almost taps once, waits a few moments as Soukupova cranks it and Rodish taps out.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Simona Soukupova def. Cassie Rodish by submission (standing guillotine) Rd 2 (3:20)
Bec Hyatt vs. Jasminka Cive
Round 1 – No touch of gloves. Hyatt presses Cive to the cage, throws a few punches, and then gets a slam takedown. Cive with a headlock, but Hyatt gets to mount and unloads some punches. Hyatt landing elbows as Cive squirms. Cive rolls to try and escape the mount, Hyatt transitions to an armbar, goes belly down and Jasminka Cive taps out to the Rowdy Aussie.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Bec Hyatt def. Jaminka Cive by submission (armbar) Rd 1 (3:30)
Julia Budd vs. Mollie Estes
Round 1 – Jab from Budd, front kick, she gets the double leg takedown. Budd on top in half guard. Estes holding her neck preventing her from posturing up. Budd pops her head out, and slides Estes over to the cage to receive instruction from her coach. Budd moves to side control, knee on belly then full mount. This is the evolution of Julia Budd. Estes gives up her back and gets to her feet. Estes looks for a single, Budd powers out and presses Estest to the cage with underhooks. Budd looking good in the clinch, using her head nicely. Budd drops levels and gets the single leg takedown. Budd on top in half guard. Estes gives up her back as Budd rides her. Big elbows and hammerfists from Budd. North south position now and Budd flattens her on her back in side control as the round ends. PMN sees it 10-9 for Budd.
Round 2 – Front kick from Estes. Jab, body lock from Budd, presses Estes to the cage, drops levels for a single, picks Estes up for a big slam. Estes gets her feet on the cage. Budd controlling from half guard, dropping elbows to the thigh of Estes. Budd working toward mount and gets it. Estes is able to reverse briefly but Budd regains top control and half guard, back to full mount. Budd locks on an arm triangle, lets it go after Estes survives for a bit. Budd still in full mount, dropping hammerfists and elbows. Estes bucking and squirming. Budd remaining steady with her attack. Estes gives up her back and Budd doesn’t put her hooks in but continues to pound on Estes for another complete domination round. PMN sees it 10-9 Budd.
Round 3 – Estes has a huge hematoma on the right side of her head. Budd clinches up and puts Estes on her back. She gives up her back and Budd starts landing ground and pound, looks for the rear naked choke and Estes taps out. Very impressive. Her grappling is really advancing and this is her first win via submission.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Julia Budd def. Mollie Estes by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 3 (1:04)
Kaitlin Young vs. Lauren Taylor
Round 1 – Clinch up, Young turns her to the cage, short right. Taylor turns her around, then Young repeats same. Taylor turns her around. They move toward the center, Young gets a takedown and takes Taylor’s back with a body triangle, flattens her out with hooks in and landing punches. Taylor sits up with their backs to the cage as Young is looking for the choke, now in crossface. Taylor spins around and takes top control. Young throws up a triangle attempt. Taylor lands a few punches and Young gives up on the triangle. Taylor gets to side control, now half guard and now Young recovers full guard. Taylor staying aggressive from the top but Young defends well. PMN sees it 10-9 for Young.
Round 2 – Leg kick Young. Right hand. Jab. Jab from Taylor. Right hand, one two from Taylor. Clinch, knee from Taylor. Leg kick from Young. Leg kick from Young. Trade jabs. Leg kick from Young. They trade punches in the pocket and Young presses her to the cage. Taylor turns her around to the cage, then scoops her legs out for a takedown. Taylor on top in half guard landing undefended punches. Young uses her back against the cage to get to her feet. Taylor scoops her legs to put her back down though, postures up with punches. Young throws up her legs for an armbar. Taylor steps over her legs to escape to her feet. Young starts to get up but Taylor drags her down, takes her back and lands a flurry of punches to the side of her head with both hooks in and now looking for the choke as the bell sounds. Great showing from Taylor in this round as Young seemingly begins to fade. PMN sees it 10-9 for Taylor.
Round 3 – Jab, leg kick from Young, clinch, trade knees. Taylor gets the takedown and Young is looking for a kimura. Taylor inside full guard and Young lets go the kimura. Taylor moves to side control and lands some knees to the ribs. Young gets her feet on the cage trying to makes something happen. Big body shots from Taylor as she controls from half guard now. Solid elbow shots from Taylor as she stays very busy from top. PMN sees it 10-9 and 29-28 for Taylor.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Lauren Taylor def. Kaitlin Young by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Zoila Frausto Gurgel (@ZoilaGurgel) vs. Jennifer Maia
Round 1 – Inside leg kick from Gurgel. She throws a heater high kick that just misses. Inside leg kick from Maia. Maia clinches, pushes Zoila to the cage. Knee from Maia. Right hand. Zoila with over unders. Knee from Maia, elbow. Gurgel with crossface. Ref separates them. Maia a Chute Boxe fighter. She backs Gurgel up with punches. Gurgel clinches up. Knee to thigh from Maia. Again. Nice big right elbow from Gurgel. Gurgel muscles her around to the cage but Maia turns her back around. Gurgel gets the takedown but Maia gets right up. Nice exchange before the bell as they both throw heaters. Close round.
Round 2 – Maia walks Gurgel down, backing her up to the cage. Lands a knee or two. Gurgel with an elbow as they wrestle in the clinch. Maia trying to use her dirty boxing. Knees to thighs from Maia. Gurgel turns her around but Maia turns her back around. Ref has seen enough and separates them. Nice left from Gurgel. Gurgel with a counter right as Maia tries walking her down. Maia presses her to the cage and landing knees to the thighs. Maia lands a couple shots and backs up. Inside leg kick from Maia. Front kick. Inside leg kick from Gurgel. Maia with a leg kick. Body kick Gurgel. Maia with a jumping knee but Gurgel catches it and presses her to the cage. Maia turns her around. They struggle until the bell. PMN has it 10-9 Maia.
Round 3 – Having some stream issues. Missing quite a bit here. Clinched against the cage. It seems we have a wardrobe malfunction. Ref separates them. Front kick Gurgel. One two head kick from Maia as she backs Gurgel up to the cage. Gurgel turns her to the cage but Maia turns her back. Gurgel fires off with elbows and punches trying to stop the blitzkrieg of the Chute Boxe fighter’s pressure. Big elbow from Maia, Gurgel uses a judo throw to get Maia down but Maia immediately reverses position. Gurgel gets up, Maia stays right on her with the clinch and Gurgel jumps into an armbar attempt before the bell. PMN sees the round 10-9 for Maia and the fight for Maia as well.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jennifer Maia def. Zoila Gurgel by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Sarah Kaufman (@MMASarah) vs. Leslie Smith (@LeslieSmith_GF)
Round 1 – Right from Sarah. Left jab. One two. Inside leg kick from Smith. Uppercuts and body shots from Smith from the clinch. Knee from Smith as Kaufman pushes her to the cage. Body shots and elbow from Smith as Kaufman backs out. Nice right from Kaufman. Jab. Head kick from Smith. Leg kicks from both. Right from Kaufman. Nice right hands from Kaufman as she holds the back of the head. Smith fires back. Elbow from Kaufman on the exit. Nice punch combo from Kaufman. Smith fires back with her own punch combo. Push kick. One two from Kaufman. Clinch, trade knees. Thai plum and knee from Kaufman. Nice elbow from Smith. Lands a head kick. Fast paced here. Fight of the night no doubt. They both unload several punch combos before the bell in some very nice exchanges. Fairly close round but I give the edge pretty clearly to Kaufman 10-9.
Round 2 – Smith’s striking reminds me of Jake shields. Her stance. Jab from Kaufman. Leg kick, body kick from Smith, big body shots as Kaufman clinches her. Right from Kaufman on the break. Clinch, trading knees, punches and elbows in a dirty boxing exchange. They separate to the center and unload on each other, Leslie Smith drops Kaufman with a solid head kick. Smith goes in for the kill, stacks her. Nice up kick from Kaufman. Smith dives in with a big shot. Now inside full guard she stacks Kaufman with punches. Smith stands over Kaufman, kicks her legs and dives in with a big overhand right. Smith lets her up. Huge exchange in the pocket. Some Takiyama vs. Don Frye action going on. Smith lands another head kick on the end of a big punch exchange. Clinch, Kaufman presses her to the cage. Nice right from Kaufman on the break. PMN sees it 10-9 Smith. This might be fight of the year guys. Definitely the women’s MMA fight of the year. Not a doubt in my mind.
Round 3 – They rush to the center and take right back up where they left off with punches. Clinch, Kaufman lands a right jab as she backs out. Right from Smith. Push kick. Collar tie and a few rights by Smith. Super high pace guys. Kaufman shoots out of nowhere and puts Smith on her back. Smith kicks her off and stands up. One two from Kaufman, leg kick, right hand. Body kick, body shot from Smith, leg kick. Nice big right from Kaufman. Inside leg kick from Smith. Right from Kaufman. Another. Nice head kick from Smith lands solid. Punch exchange, and Sarah shoots, stuffed. Knees from Smith in the clinch. Kaufman getting the better of a couple punch exchanges as she puts the heat on, leg kick from Smith. Holy Sh*t! That was some of the best action we’ve ever seen in a women’s fight. Maybe the best ever. King Mo said he’s cool with a draw. I am too. I hate to even award a winner to be honest. I’m going to give the edge to Smith because I think she did the most damage. PMN sees it 10-9 and 29-28 for Smith.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Sarah Kaufman def. Leslie Smith by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Cristiane Santos (@CrisCyborg) vs. Fiona Muxlow (@FionaMMA)
Round 1 – Cyborg decks Muxlow with a right hand in the first punch of the fight. Muxlow gets up and looks like a zombie or Brock Lesnar with her hands outstretched and no defense. She goes down as Cyborg lands several shots. Cyborg delivers some ground and pound before Muxlow gets to her feet. Cyborg continues the assault and Muxlow shoots in out of desperation to survive. Muxlow finally throws one punch that misses. Cyborg is a -3000 favorite. It may as well be -3000000. Cyborg continues the beatdown with Muxlow occasionally shooting in. Cyborg lands a big knee to the face, more punches and Big John finally shows mercy on the overmatched Muxlow and stops it.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Cris Cyborg def. Fiona Muxlow by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (3:46)
Barb Honchak (@BarbHonchak) vs. Vanessa Porto (@VanessaPortoMMA) [Strawweight Title Fight]
Round 1 – Big leg kick from Porto. Big right counter from Honchak. Nice inside leg kick from Porto. Inside leg kick from Porto. Big leg kick from Honchak. Leg kick from Porto. Leg kick Porto. Leg kick Honchak. Again. Right hand. Leg kick Porto. Leg kick from Porto. Honchak with a body lock, she presses Porto to the cage. Porto backs out with a right. Leg kick. PMN sees it 10-9 for Honchak.
Round 2 – Right from Porto, leg kick. Inside leg kick from Honchak. Right to the body from Honchak. Jab from Porto. Leg kick from Honchak. Big leg kick from Porto buckles the leg of Honchak. Overhand right from Honchak. Big leg kick from Porto, leg kick Honchak. Leg kick Porto. Nice one two from Honchak. Big leg kick Porto. Big leg kick from Porto. Inside leg kick. Big leg kick from Honchak. Big leg kick from Porto and Honchak counters with a nice punch combo that backs Porto up. Right counter from Honchak. PMN sees it 9-9 —Note — with three commentators they talk over each other a lot. Sometimes you can’t tell who’s doing play by play and who’s doing color. I’m not sure if they have defined roles or not, but it seems awkward. Just sayin.
Round 3 – Leg kick Honchak. Leg kick inside. Porto with a leg kick. Leg kick from Honchak. Right hand and another from Honchak. Nice right from Porto, leg kick. Another leg kick. Nice leg kick from Honchak. Inside leg kick Honchak. Honchak snaps her head back with a punch. Porto leg kick, one two counter from Honchak. Feels a bit like a sparring match here. Big contrast from this and the Leslie Smith vs. Sarah Kaufman fight. Big leg kick from Honchak. Inside leg kick. PMN sees it 10-9 Honchak.
Round 4 – Inside leg kick, outside leg kick from Honchak. Another leg kick. They trade more leg kicks. Honchak slips on a head kick attempt, rolls a backflip to her feet as Porto tries to capitalize. Honchak with a four punch combo and one to grow on that catches Porto on the chin. Leg kick from Porto. Left from Honchak. Porto is not throwing many combos at all. Most everything is one shot here, one shot there. Honchak is using more combos now and is out-pointing her. Overhand right from Honchak. Right hook. They trade leg kicks. PMN sees it 10-9 Honchak.
Round 5 – After three minutes of kickboxing Porto gets a brief takedown but immediately lets Honchak up. Suprised there hasn’t been any grappling at all in this fight really. It’s just been a sparring match for the most part. Honchak lands a nice combo with under a minute to go and finally shoots for the takedown with 30 seconds to go. Too tentative. PMN sees it 10-9 for Honchak and 49-46 Honchak.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Barb Honchak def. Vanessa Porto by unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 48-47)
Jessica Penne(c) (@JessicaPenne) vs. Michelle Waterson (@KarateHottieMMA) [Atomweight Title Fight]
Round 1 – Leg kick from Waterson. Great footwork avoiding the counters. Clinch from Penne and presses Waterson to the cage. Right hand from the clinch, knee to body. They wrestle in the clinch. Penne jumps guard. Body triangle. Penne goes for an arm, scramble, she ends up on top inside Waterson’s guard. Penne looking for the ground and pound and she stays heavy on top. Waterson goes for an arm, Penne escapes, now inside Waterson’s high guard. Penne gets caught in an omoplata. She punches the thigh of Waterson trying to escape. Penne escapes. Waterson goes for an armbar. Penne escapes and drops some punches. Waterson’s guard flexibility is amazing. PMN sees the round 10-9 for Waterson.
Round 2 – Right hand from Waterson. Leg kick from Waterson. Penne presses her to the cage. Penne tries to muscle a takedown but ends up on bottom. Waterson tries to mount and gets it after some struggle. Penne uses the cage to try and sweep and nearly gets it. Great base from Waterson, landing body shots. Penne recovers half guard. Waterson passes to side control. Nice right from Waterson from the top. Penne locks on a gogoplata and Waterson is struggling with it. She gets out and Waterson lands a nice jab as Penne sits up. Penne gets up, lands a right. Waterson lands a right then puts Penne on her back. Hammerfist from Waterson. Great round for Waterson, PMN sees it 10-9 for Karate Hottie.
Round 3 – Leg kick Waterson. Clinch, couple quick punches from Penne, trips Waterson for the takedown. Gets crucifix then mount. Waterson gives up her back as Penne lays on the ground and pound. Waterson gets back to her back with the guard. Penne stacks her with big punches. Waterson rolls backward to her knees but Penne stays on top and lands big shots. Nice right from Penne as she stays heavy on top in a scramble. Body shots from Penne. Penne jumps on her back and drops some nasty elbows to the back of her head. Penne goes for the armbar, straightens it out, she almost taps but somehow reverses and ends up on top. So close to breaking that arm. It was definitely hyper extended. Now Penne sweeps with half a minute to go. Pennee with the ground and pound until the bell. Waterson very slow to get up. PMN has it 10-9 for Penne. I’ll be surprised if Waterson can continue.
Round 4 – How the hell is Waterson back in there after her arm got hyper extended? Wow. Leg kick from Waterson, she slips a couple punches, good footwork. Right hand, clinch, Penne presses her to the cage. Penne looking for the takedown. Knee from Penne. Penne’s leg is bruised up pretty good from those kicks. Penne tries pulling guard, scramble, back to the feet. Penne backs her up to the cage and goes for the takedown. Penne ends up on top and Waterson locks up an armbar and Penne taps QUICKLY! So quick I missed it. Looking at the replay it seemed that Penne didn’t even try to defend. Very strange. Quite the contrast of what happened to Waterson in the last round. Waterson’s genuine emotion is awesome as she’s crying and hugging her team and husband. Waterson looks to be in complete disbelief.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Michelle Waterson def. Jessica Penne by submission (armbar) Rd 4 (2:31)
Big thanks to @ZProphet_MMA for the GIFs!