Michelle Waterson dominated media coverage leading up to Invicta FC 8 — clearly being positioned as the face of the promotion, which made its debut broadcast on UFC Fight Pass last night.
Last night in the Invicta 8 main event, she similarly dominated her opponent, earning a one sided TKO victory to retain her Invicta FC Atomweight Championship.
Waterson was in control from the opening bell, scoring punches, knees, and kicks to head and body of the over-matched Yasuka Tamada. The end came, mercifully, at 4:58 of round three, as referee Greg Franklin called off the bout after a series of Waterson punches.
Waterson, of Colorado but fighting out of Greg Jackson’s academy in New Mexico, advances to 12-3 in her career. Tamada, of Toyko, Japan, falls to 15-9-3.
In the Invicta 8 co-main, Katja Kankaanpää of Finland came from behind to defeat Stephanie Eggink of the US. Eggink had landed solid strikes in the opening rounds, particularly the end of the first. But Kankaanpää hung tough, scoring a D’Arce choke in a transition in the fifth. The Finn earns the vacant Invicta FC Strawweight Championship.
For full play-by-play, see Jim Genia’s article at http://www.fightline.com/invicta-fc-8-results-play-play/.
Michelle Waterson defeated Yasuko Tamada by TKO (knee & punches) at 4:58 of round three.
Katja Kankaanpää defeated Stephanie Eggink by submission (D’arce choke) at 2:03 of round five.
Tonya Evinger defeated Ediane Gomes by submission (armbar) at 3:31 of round one.
Roxanne Modafferi defeated Tara LaRosa by Unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
DeAnna Bennett defeated Michelle Ould by TKO (liver kick) at 1:34 of round two.
Charmaine Tweet defeated Veronica Rothenhausler by TKO (punches) at 4:05 of round one.
Irene Aldana defeated Peggy Morgan by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:50 of round one.
Alexa Grasso defeated Ashley Cummins by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Jodie Esquibel defeated Jinh Yu Frey by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-27).
JJ Aldrich defeated Delaney Owen by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26).