McMann had to work hard to keep her perfect professional record
The 2004 Olympic wrestling silver medalist made a late push to earn
a unanimous decision victory over Shayna
Baszler in the
Invicta Fighting Championships 2 headliner Saturday at Memorial
Hall in Kansas City, Kan. All three judges scored it in favor of
McMann (6-0): 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.
McMann stayed perfect.
A protégé of former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett,
Baszler (14-7) gave the unbeaten Olympian a serious run for her
money. “The Queen of Spades” countered beautifully throughout the
15-minute affair, attacked McMann’s legs with kicks and did a
superb job of staying on her feet against the decorated amateur
McMann refused to be denied, however, and delivered takedowns in
each of the final two rounds while holding her own in the standup
Davis First to Submit Akano
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu representative Alexis
Davis became the first woman to submit Hitomi
Akano, as she took out the Japanese import with a second-round
rear-naked choke. Akano (18-11) conceded defeat 3:41 into round two
of their 135-pound co-main event.
Davis (12-5) set the tone in the first round, where she utilized
her kicks and struck for a takedown. She wobbled Akano in the
second, drove her to the ground and dodged an attempted armbar.
From there, Davis let loose with punches and secured the choke. To
her credit, Akano did not go quietly. She fought the submission for
half a minute before finally surrendering.
‘Girl-Rilla’ Carmouche Taps Young
Onetime Strikeforce title contender Liz
Carmouche coaxed a tapout from Kaitlin
Young with a second-round rear-naked choke. Carmouche (7-2)
brought the 135-pound duel to a close 3:34 into round two.
Carmouche stormed back.
Young (7-6-1) enjoyed a strong first frame, as he she mixed up her
strikes, shut down Carmouche’s takedowns and attacked with
effective standup, both from a distance and in close quarters. The
momentum did not carry over. In the second round, Carmouche bullied
her to the ground, won a scramble for top position and eventually
moved to mount, forcing Young to surrender her back with heavy
punches. The choke came next, followed by the tapout.
Jewels Champion Hamasaki Stays Unbeaten
Reigning Jewels titleholder Ayaka
Hamasaki submitted Lacey
Schuckman with a third-round armbar in a 115-pound encounter.
Hamasaki (8-0) sealed it 4:45 into round three.
Takedowns and an active top game proved pivotal for the 30-year-old
Japanese standout, as she kept Shuckman (7-5) pinned beneath her
for much of the match. After a trip takedown in the third round,
Hamasaki moved to the mounted crucifix position before ultimately
transitioning to the fight-ending armbar.
Nunes Choke Finishes Pa’aluhi
Strikeforce veteran Amanda
Nunes posted her seventh win in her last eight appearances, as
she rendered Raquel
Pa’aluhi unconscious with a first-round rear-naked choke.
Pa’aluhi (2-3) blacked out 2:24 into round one of their 135-pound
Nunes (7-2) was in trouble early, as the Hawaiian secured back
control, brought her to the ground and worked for a choke of her
own. However, Pa’aluhi transitioned to an ill-advised armbar and
lost position. Nunes then moved to her opponent’s back, locked up
the choke and finished it.
D’Alelio (6-2) submitted Vanessa
Porto (14-5) with an armbar 3:16 into the first round of their
135-pound bout; Barb
Honchak (6-2) stopped the previously unbeaten Bethany
Marshall (4-1) on punches 82 seconds into round two of their
tilt at 125 pounds; Julia Budd
(3-2) put away Elina
Nilsson (2-3) on punches and elbows 3:49 into the first round
of their 145-pound showdown; Carla
Esparza (7-2) halted Sarah
Schneider (6-6) on punches 4:28 into round two of their battle
at 115 pounds; and Nicdali
Rivera-Calanoc (8-6) captured a unanimous decision from
Chavez (4-2) in their 105-pound matchup, earning 30-27, 29-28
and 29-28 nods from the judges.
Pennington (2-1) took a unanimous decision from Sarah Moras
(2-1) at 135 pounds, with 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 scorecards from
the judges; Jessamyn
Duke (1-0) stopped Suzie
Montero (1-1) on elbows and punches 2:32 into the third round
of their 135-pound bout; Jocelyn
Lybarger (1-0) captured a unanimous verdict over Cheryl Chan
(0-1) at 125 pounds, sweeping the scorecards by matching 29-28
counts; and Team Quest’s Liz
McCarthy (1-0) forced a doctor stoppage against Jessica
Philippus (0-1) in between rounds one and two of their