By Benjamin Bieker
While the strawweight title fight between Carla Esparza and Bec Hyatt is set with both fighters making weight the collective MMA world will be watching three other bouts a lot closer. The main event should be exciting and will crown a new female champion, but other bouts have fighters that could be on the cusp on signing with the UFC. Out of the 13 bout fight card, three of those bouts take place in the new bantamweight division that is currently the only female weight class in the UFC. Shayna Baszler takes on Alexis Davis, Amanda Nunes faces Sarah D’Alelio, and Leslie Smith will go to battle with Raquel Pennington.
Baszler can be seen as a gatekeeper of sorts, because with a record of 15-7 she has only lost to the best. The option of fighting in the octagon may spur her to try and get herself recognized by the UFC brass. She is a submission specialist as well having taken 14 of her 15 wins by submission, and she pulled off the twister way before Chan Sung Jung did in the octagon. She faces Alexis Davis who is a lot better than her 12-5 record would make her out to be. It will be interesting to see how this fight plays out, and if Baszler will become the first fighter to submit Davis.
In a fight between MMA newcomers the 4-2 Smith will take on the 3-2 Pennington. If you add in Smith’s amateur fights her record comes out to a respectable 7-2, and while her biggest fight was a loss to Kerry Vera that does not mean she is a push over. Smith had her biggest win in her pro debut taking out Kim Couture with knees to the body, but has only went 2-2 since then. Those losses came to undefeated fighters Tori Adams and Cat Zingano. While they have had rough careers so far a win in this bout could turn it around for either fighter.
Lastly, Brazilian power house Amanda Nunes takes on Sarah D’Alelio in a fight that could determine how far Nunes may go in this sport. D’Alelio had to honor of being Ronda Rousey’s first fight in Strikeforce, and obviously that did end well for her. Nunes is a monster who has won six bouts by knockout and one by submission in her seven career wins. She looked to be skyrocketing up the ladder, but a TKO defeat to the aforementioned Alexis Davis stopped that. She only had one bout in 2012, but at age 24 there is a lot of years left for her to make up for that lost time. The rest of the Invictica weigh-ins are reported below.
Invicta FC 4 Weigh-in Results
-Carla Esparza (114.8) vs. Bec Hyatt (115.0)
-Shayna Baszler (134.8) vs. Alexis Davis (135.8)
-Leslie Smith (135.8) vs. Raquel Pennington (134.8)
-Amanda Nunes (135.8) vs. Sarah D’Alelio (135.8)
-Ediane Gomes (143.2) vs. Hiroko Yamanaka (145.6)
-Joanne Calderwood (116) vs. Livia Von Plettenberg (116)
-Stephanie Frausto (105) vs. Cassie Rodish (105.8)
-Tamikka Brents (145) vs. Amanda Bell (145)
-Liz McCarthy (104.2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (104.2)
-Emily Kagan (115.6) vs. Rose Namajunas (114.6)
-Tecia Torres (115.6) vs. Paige VanZant (113.8)
-Katalina Malungahu (145.8) vs. Veronica Rothenhausler (146.6)
-Laura Marcusse-Sanko (105.6) vs. Cassie Robb (105.6)
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