The Terminator. The Borg. The Cylons. Each seemingly invincible, but each eventually defeated. Cyborgs may seem unstoppable, but find their one weakness and they can fall, just like anyone else.

When Invicta Fighting Championship returns with its sixth event, Marloes Coenen hopes to crack the riddle to MMA’s very own Cyborg, Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. These two met once before, with Strikeforce gold on the line. That time, Cyborg emerged with the victory. Now, the setting—the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.—is different, but the stakes are similar. Gold is once again on the line in the form of Invicta’s featherweight crown, and Coenen must overcome underdog odds to win.

The fight headlines yet another strong effort from the upstart Invicta promotion. It also marks Invicta’s first foray into televised pay-per-views, a welcome change for fans discouraged by the inherent issues that come along with viewing an internet stream.

Invicta hasn’t put all its efforts into the main event for this card either. The lineup features a co-main event that pits Jewels strawweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki against Claudia Gadelha in a fight that is certain to produce the next challenger for Carla Esparza’s Invicta strawweight belt. The strawweight division gets even more attention on the card with bouts featuring Bec Hyatt against Mizuki Inoue, Rose Namajunas against Tecia Torres and Joanne Calderwood versus Norma Rueda Center.

Furthermore, the bantamweight, flyweight and atomweight divisions all receive key match-ups, with Sarah D’Alelio locking horns with undefeated Lauren Taylor at 135 pounds, Leslie Smith making her 125-pound debut opposite Jennifer Maia and Jessica Penne seeking to rebound from her atomweight title defeat when she squares off with Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc.

Invicta FC 6 airs live via pay-per-view on July 13 at 9 p.m. ET. The three-fight preliminary card will air via free internet stream on Ustream beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

The MMA Corner’s Rob Tatum, Riley Kontek and Bryan Henderson break down the entire card with previews and predictions in this edition of the Round Table.

StrawW: Rose Namajunas (2-0) vs. Tecia Torres (2-0)

Kontek: Two of the best prospects at 115 pounds are Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres, this much is certain. So what happens when you put two of the best up-and-comers across the cage from each other to prove who is better? You get a dynamite fight.

Namajunas (Jerry Chavez/The MMA Corner)

In recent terms, this is sort of like when the UFC had Jon Jones fight Ryan Bader. Both men were top prospects in their division and future title contenders.

Namajunas has proven to not only be exciting, but skillful. Her flying armbar against Kathina Catron showed her unpredictability, especially because it came in just seconds. She has good striking, but we have yet to see it because she has submitted both of her Invicta opponents.

As for Torres, she has good boxing and technical skills. She has been involved in firefights in her Invicta career, so it could happen here. When you consider both of her fights with Invicta, you see that she is all about putting on a good fight. She will need to have a smart game plan here, though, as a slip up in the heat of the moment could lead to Namajunas taking advantage.

When it is all said and done, you have to go with the momentum, which Namajunas has more of at this point. It will either be a late submission or decision. A loss for either lady could be a blessing in disguise, though, as they will be able to get back in the gym and work on the blemishes they possess in their respective games.

Tatum: Riley is onto something with his analysis of this fight. While Torres is the more experienced of the two (including amateur fights), she has struggled to put her opponents away. Meanwhile, Namajunas has showcased explosive finishing ability that has many tabbing the 21-year-old as the future of the division.

As pointed out, Torres is the more technical striker. She utilizes her speed and range well, and has strong positional control from inside the clinch. But, against Namajunas, she’s going to be giving up both height and reach which could find her overextending on her punches. That scenario certainly plays into the hands of Namajunas.

Even before the flashy 12-second flying armbar at Invicta FC 5 in April, Namajunas’ promotional debut showcased an active guard and ability to end a fight when the opportunity presented itself. Although Torres is the more accomplished striker, Namajunas’ training with boyfriend Pat Barry and Grudge Training Center’s Trevor Wittman should help her overcome those shortcomings.

Torres (Jeff Vulgamore/The MMA Corner)

Torres will score early using her speed to get in and out of the pocket, but eventually the length of Namajunas is going to be a factor. Look for “Thug” to drag this fight to the mat and work her way toward a second-round rear-naked choke to hand Torres her first loss.

Henderson: These two ladies are certainly the most intriguing prospects in the strawweight division. Invicta fans have had the pleasure of watching them compete since their pro debuts under the promotion’s banner, and it was only a matter of time before they crossed paths.

Torres has always been a grinder. The trend extends well into her amateur career, where she finished her first two opponents before stringing together five straight unanimous decision wins, then turning pro and tacking on two more decisions. For Torres, the key will be avoiding Namajunas’ sudden and dramatic finishing maneuvers.

Namajunas has really seen her submission game come into its own since turning pro. But her amatuer career is also telling. She went the distance against two foes and scored wins via strikes against two others. Granted, Namajunas has had time to grow as a fighter, but with her flair for the dramatic, I would have expected nothing less than finishes in all of her fights against amateur competition. Perhaps this suggests that a grinder like Torres can force Namajunas to fight a full three rounds. It is hard to deny how overwhelming Namajunas has been in securing finishes as a pro, however. She has the ability to end this fight at any second.

And because of that, Torres’ grinding style may actually be a disadvantage in this fight. The longer the fight goes, the more chances Namajunas has to catch Torres in a submission. I’ll make it unanimous in taking Namajunas to score a late submission, but I fully expect to see a rematch someday between these two young ladies, and when that day comes, I expect there to be gold on the line.

BW: Miriam Nakamoto (1-0) vs. Duda Yankovich (1-1)

Tatum: If you’re a fan of striking, this bantamweight clash is going to be a real treat. The chances of a world Muay Thai champion facing off with a world champion boxer are slim, but that’s exactly what will happen in this fight, with four-ounce gloves nonetheless.

Nakamoto (Jeff Vulgamore/The MMA Corner)

The Californian Miriam Nakamoto made a name for herself competing on Fight Girls and by capturing the WBC title. She made her Invicta debut at the promotion’s last event and promptly earned the “Knockout of the Night” award for stopping Jessamyn Duke in the first round. However, the Missouri commission later overturned the victory to a no-contest as they ruled that Nakamoto’s fight-finishing knee strike came while Duke was a grounded opponent. Regardless, the 36-year-old’s vicious Muay Thai arsenal was on full display in that fight, as she was able to keep the fight standing and deliver punishment at will.

Although it will be her Invicta debut, 36-year-old Duda Yankovich has just as much as experience as Nakamoto in combat sports. A former karate and kickboxing stylist, the Serbian found her true calling in the sport of boxing. That brought her to Brazil, where she would train with the men’s national boxing team and go on to capture the WIBA title. Now dedicated to MMA and training with the Nogueira brothers, Yankovich showcased an evolving ground game in her last outing, picking up a technical submission win over Daniela Cristina.

Whenever two highly technical strikers get in the cage, there is sure to be fireworks. But with such a small sample of their MMA skills, it’s hard to identify a clear-cut edge for either fighter. As such, I’ll have to rely on their performances in the ring as well. Yankovich had a rough stretch during the last few years of her boxing career, being stopped by both Holly Holm and Anne-Sophie Mathis. Mix that with the path of destruction Nakamoto left in the Muay Thai world and early in her MMA career, and I think we’ll see Nakamoto turn out the lights on Yankovich with a third-round knockout.

Henderson: Like Rob, I too have to rely on the histories of these ladies in combat sports beyond MMA. With Nakamoto’s cage time running somewhere around 10 minutes and Yankovich’s being just a minute or two more, there’s hardly evidence to support one of these women having a decided all-around advantage in the cage. That’s not to say there’s no evidence at all.

Yankovich’s submission win is telling of what she is learning in Brazil, especially under the tutelage of the Nogueiras. If this fight hits the mat, I have to give the Serbian the nod over her counterpart.

However, if the bout remains standing, we’re looking at a different fight altogether. These two ladies have proven that they are world-class competitors in terms of their striking. Nakamoto went undefeated in her Muay Thai career while claiming numerous championships, but Yankovich was a championship-caliber kickboxer in Serbia and the Balkans and also possesses a black belt in Shotokan karate.

Yankovich (Alan Oliveira/Sherdog)

If the fight does indeed remain standing, we’re in for a real treat between two of the most talented strikers in the women’s side of the sport. Nakamoto has to be careful not to make the same mistake that cost her the victory against Duke, but if she can place her shots more carefully, then she has what it takes to win. I think Nakamoto will hurt Yankovich midway through the fight, prompting the Serbian to look for takedowns. Yankovich will fail in her efforts, however, and lose via a third-round TKO.

Kontek: There aren’t many things more terrifying than getting your arm broken. That is what happened to Yankovich’s most recent opponent, Daniela Cristina, which makes the Team Nogueira product even more intimidating. That being said, Nakamoto and her striking acumen are enough to make an opponent think twice about banging with her.

Yankovich is very young in her MMA career at just 1-1. After succumbing to a submission against UFC employee Jessica Andrade, she came back with the nasty arm-breaking keylock of Cristina. As my colleagues mentioned, though, Yankovich is a striker, and a very good striker at that. She should have no problems engaging Nakamoto on the feet.

Nakamoto and her superior Muay Thai arsenal have been on display in both of her pro MMA fights. She plastered Elizabeth Phillips with vicious knees to earn the knockout and would have earned another win with knees against Jessamyn Duke had she not had it overturned from an illegal strike. Plainly put, Nakamoto is an assassin on the feet.

I will echo my colleagues opinions and take Nakamoto in this fight. However, I differ in their assertions that she will earn the knockout. She will outpoint Yankovich in a very exciting bout to become the dark horse at 135 pounds.

StrawW: Bec Hyatt (5-2) vs. Mizuki Inoue (5-1)

Henderson: Bec Hyatt has already hit a lot of high notes in her career through just seven fights. She’s wildly popular among Invicta fans, she found herself fighting for the promotion’s strawweight title when she had a career mark of just 4-1, she destroyed nemesis Jasminka Cive in her lasting outing and now, when she steps into the cage at Invicta FC 6, she’ll have been featured in three consecutive events from the promotion. Not bad for just seven fights.

Inoue (Sherdog)

The honor of fighting Hyatt this time around goes to a teenager, Mizuki Inoue. That’s right, Hyatt will be stepping into the cage against an opponent who’s just 18 years old. But just because Hyatt could walk up to Inoue and call her a kid without meaning it as anything more than pure fact, doesn’t mean Inoue isn’t dangerous. This young lady was competing in professional shoot boxing fights at the age of 15 and won the Jewels Rough Stone Grand Prix in 2010 at the age of 16. Inoue has already traded blows with the likes of Ayaka Hamasaki and Alex Chambers in the course of compiling a 5-1 record. Despite her striking background, she has scored all of her victories by way of submission and only lost via the scorecards against Jewels 115-pound champion Hamasaki in a non-title bout.

The viciousness Hyatt demonstrated in her fight with Cive made Hyatt look the part of a contender, but Cive and Inoue are worlds apart. Whereas Cive offered a Muay Thai and kickboxing background, Inoue possesses the traits of the next generation of mixed martial artist. She has a background in kickboxing, but has displayed a grappling attack that gets the job done. If Hyatt gets overly aggressive on the mat, Inoue may just snag her in an armbar.

Hyatt has a well-rounded skill set of her own, though, which makes this an interesting fight wherever it may go. The Aussie stands just two inches taller than Inoue, but her lanky frame may pose a problem for Inoue when the Japanese fighter tries to close the distance and land strikes. On the other hand, the ground game could go either way, with both women showing their abilities to slap on submissions.

The deciding factor may come down to age and experience on U.S. soil. At age 24, Hyatt is still a young fighter, but she’s approximately six years older than Inoue. Furthermore, Japanese fighters, with a few exceptions, don’t have a great track record when crossing the Pacific. Inoue is still a teen and is making a very long trip into what, considering Hyatt’s popularity, will certainly be enemy territory. It’s a test of whether Inoue is ready for the world stage, but I think Hyatt might prove to be an overwhelming task. Considering that the teen went the distance with an elite fighter in Hamasaki, I’ll say she makes it to the final bell here as well. In the end, however, it will be Hyatt who takes the judges’ nod.

Kontek: Hyatt is a tough gal who has done most of her fighting in the Land Down Under. That being said, and as Bryan stated, she walks into an Invicta cage for a third time, going 1-1 in the promotion so far. Hyatt has the submission prowess to make anyone think twice about going to the ground with her, unless they have the wrestling chops of a Carla Esparza, against whom Hyatt fell in her first Invicta bout. Hyatt is also deceivingly good on the feet, which could give her good fortune if the bout stays upright.

Inoue has also proven to handle herself on the feet, but all five of her wins come via submission. This will be her first fight outside of Japan, as Inoue took all six of her pro fights with the Jewels promotion. The combination of traveling for the first time and being the younger fighter may be a disadvantage for her. However, if Hyatt wishes to engage Inoue on the ground, we could have a great chess match on our hands.

Hyatt (Jerry Chavez/The MMA Corner)

I am going to shadow Bryan and take Hyatt via decision here. The fight itself will get “Fight of the Night” consideration due to scrambles, transitions, submission attempts and overall excitement. Inoue will go back to the drawing board, get better from this and continue to pick up victories down the road.

Tatum: Both of my fellow panelists have nailed this fight. As both alluded to, the travel factor in this fight is huge. I’m sure you’re asking, isn’t Australia further from Kansas City than Japan? Yes, about 3000 miles further, but it’s not the distance that matters, it’s the experience. Hyatt has already made the trip to America’s heartland on two instances this year and knows what the travel does to her body. At just 18 years old, Inoue has yet to venture very far from Aichi Prefecture, let alone halfway around the world.

Luckily for Inoue, the pair’s in-cage experience is nearly equal. As both Bryan and Riley pointed out, she’s got a slick ground game to compliment her kickboxing background. And going the distance with Hamasaki—even in defeat—is an impressive feat. The question is, how will she react to Hyatt’s aggressiveness?

Hyatt’s go-for-broke style helped her battle Esparza for the full 25 minutes in January and led to her one-sided beatdown of Cive in April. The Australian is not shy in or out of the cage, and that could be her key to victory in this fight. Hyatt’s best approach in this fight will be to get on top and unload. Any hesitation and she’ll find herself forced to defend Inoue’s crafty guard game.

It would not surprise me for a second if this fight sees the scorecards, as both Bryan and Riley have predicted, but something tells me that Hyatt wants to make a huge splash in this fight and take out some pent-up aggression. Look for the 24-year-old to finish off Inoue by third-round TKO.

FW: Ediane Gomes (10-2) vs. Charmaine Tweet (4-3)

Tatum: This fight was supposed to be a No. 1 contender’s bout to determine who would be the first to challenge the winner of the Marloes Coenen-Cris Cyborg featherweight title clash. But, unfortunately, Julia Budd was injured just two weeks out from the event and Charmaine Tweet will step in to face Ediane Gomes.

Gomes (top) works for a choke (Jeff Vulgamore/The MMA Corner)

Gomes knows firsthand the troubles that injuries can cause. After all, she was tabbed to welcome the aforementioned Cyborg to the Invicta cage at Invicta FC 5, but she was forced to withdraw. The Brazilian enters the cage riding a four-fight winning streak, having bested both Hiroko Yamanaka and Leslie Smith during that stretch. The American Top Team fighter possesses a lethal ground game that has led to seven of her 10 career victories. Her only losses have come by way of current UFC champion Ronda Rousey—on short notice—and hard-hitting countrywoman Amanda Nunes.

For Tweet, there is absolutely nothing to lose in this fight. After starting her career 1-3, including an armbar loss to the aforementioned Rousey, the Canadian has reeled off three straight wins by submission. At a towering 6-feet tall, Tweet’s length could be a wild card in this fight. The concern? So far in her career, the 36-year-old has largely found success on the mat, not on the feet. And against the more experienced, more successful grappler Gomes, she needs to stay at range.

Stepping in on late notice is sure to win Tweet some fans, but she’s facing a very difficult task in Gomes. It will only be a matter of time before Gomes takes this fight to the ground and latches onto one of Tweet’s limbs. Look for the Brazilian to walk away with a first-round armbar submission.

Kontek: Tweet, like my colleague said, has nothing to lose in this fight.

Gomes has established herself as one of the best 145ers in the world with her recent performances. She has physical advantages over her opponents due to her large frame and strength. Once the fight hits the ground, she is in her own world. Whether it is her heavy ground-and-pound from the top or her submission ability, Gomes is a carnivore on the ground.

Tweet is also a solid grappler, but is not nearly as good as Gomes. That leaves her to fend for herself on the feet, where she will need to use her size and length. However, she will be fighting off power strikes and takedown attempts from Gomes all fight long, which could lead to the end for her.

Tweet (Sherdog)

I expect Gomes to take this fight with ease. Tweet is a tough lady, but Gomes has proven in her last few outings that she is among the elite in the division, whereas Tweet is a gatekeeper in her current state. Gomes will snag a takedown, rain down blows and secure a submission to meet the winner of Cyborg-Coenen.

Henderson: If there was one thing I was disappointed about in Cyborg’s Invicta debut, it was that Gomes was not standing across the cage from her. The Brazilian has been a beast at 145 pounds, tearing through Katalina Malungahu in her Invicta debut and following that performance with a strong showing in taking a decision over Yamanaka.

A fight with Budd would have been a one-sided grappling clinic with Gomes as the teacher and Budd as the victim. In Tweet, we may actually see a better ground battle, though Budd would have tested Gomes more in the striking department.

What I don’t like about Tweet is her record. She has suffered losses to middling competition, outside of her defeat at the hands of Rousey. If she cannot overcome fighters whose current records stand at 2-3 and 2-2, how will she deal with a fighter widely considered to be in the upper echelon of the women’s featherweight division.

Gomes is a class above Tweet as a mixed martial artist and should have little trouble bringing an early end to this fight. Gomes by first-round submission.

StrawW: Joanne Calderwood (6-0) vs. Norma Rueda Center (2-0)

Kontek: Joanne Calderwood had gone through a number of opponents before settling on Norma Rueda Center. This may throw off her game plan, but one thing remains: she has consistently been in training. Center is a very late replacement who may or may not have been training for a fight at this point.

Center (US Combat Sports)

Calderwood is a nasty striker. Just see her recent work against Sally Krumdiack, Ashley Cummins and Livia von Plettenberg. She has a kickboxing background that she uses to tenderize and dismantle her opponents. Not only that, but she is athletic and explosive.

Center is a solid prospect that trains with Greg Jackson. That means she will come in with expert training and a smart game plan. Will that be enough though?

I say no, as Calderwood is one of the best at 115 pounds at this point. She will score a vicious knockout, move up the ladder again and earn a potential date with Carla Esparza for the 115-pound strap. That is, of course, if she can leapfrog the Hamasaki-Gadelha winner for that title shot.

Henderson: Calderwood has such a friendly disposition, but part of her has to be stewing over the fact that her previously scheduled opponent, Claudia Gadelha, was moved into that bout with Hamasaki instead of her. That fight will decide who is next for Esparza, unless it turns out to be a complete snoozer of a fight. That leaves Calderwood with an opponent for this card that isn’t even on the radar for most fight fans.

Despite the fact that Center trains out of Jackson’s MMA, it’s difficult to look at her as anything more than a sacrificial lamb to feed Calderwood while the Scot is groomed for a title shot after the winner of Hamasaki vs. Gadelha takes their crack at Esparza. At the pro level, the 25-year-old Center has victories over Olga Ortega, who has not had any other pro bouts, and Rachel Cummins, who won her only other pro fight but also has four losses and just two wins as an amateur. Those opponents don’t hold a candle to what Calderwood brings to the cage. Center did go undefeated through five fights as an amateur, but there’s nothing there to suggest that she’s a huge threat to Calderwood.

Calderwood (L) delivers a knee (Jerry Chavez/The MMA Corner)

Calderwood has been an absolute beast in the cage, and that won’t change in this fight. Center will have a short camp for this fight, and it’ll surprise me if she makes it past the first stanza. Calderwood by first-round knockout.

Tatum: I can only imagine what went through Center’s mind when she got the call for this fight. On one hand, she has received an opportunity to compete for what has quickly become the biggest women’s promotion on the planet, but on the other, she’s facing off with a wolf in sheep’s clothing named Joanne Calderwood.

The 5-foot-6 Scot, Calderwood, seems quiet and innocent outside of the cage, but when the cage door shuts, she transforms into a Muay Thai wrecking machine. Bryan and Riley are dead on in their analysis that she is being groomed as a potential contender at 115 pounds. I’m sure that she’d have preferred to face a stiffer test in this fight—such as the previously scheduled Gadelha—but don’t expect her to take it easy on Center.

Center—who normally competes at flyweight—has nothing to lose in this fight except consciousness. She’s stepping in on late notice against a highly regarded fighter in just her third pro fight. An upset here skyrockets her exposure and credibility. Unfortunately for the Jackson’s MMA fighter, there’s not a lot of avenues for her to win. Ashley Cummins, a similar fighter to Center, was battered inside the clinch by Calderwood and it’s hard to imagine things going much better for the New Mexico fighter.

I also don’t expect this fight to last very long. Calderwood will find her range early with her kicks and eventually set up a step-through knee that turns out the lights on Center just minutes into the first round.

AtomW: Jessica Penne (10-2) vs. Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc (8-6)

Henderson: The last time we saw Jessica Penne, the Bellator veteran was defending her Invicta FC atomweight crown against Michelle Waterson. Things didn’t go so well for Penne, and she ultimately lost the bout via submission. She’ll look to bounce back in this fight against Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc, who opened some eyes with her most recent performance inside the Invicta cage.

Rivera-Calanoc (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

That performance came nearly a year ago at Invicta FC 2, when Rivera-Calanoc out-worked Angelica Chavez en route to a unanimous decision win. It was an impressive rebound performance following her submission loss to Amy Davis at Invicta’s inaugural event. Still, the 28-year-old has lost to almost every significant name she’s stared down inside the cage, from Davis to Felice Herrig, Sally Krumdiack, Miku Matsumoto and Angela Magana. The trend tends to be a win followed by a loss or two.

Although Penne struggled to find her rhythm against Waterson, the former strawweight is still considered among the two or three best 105ers in the world. Where Rivera-Calanoc has failed, Penne has succeeded, with wins over Krumdiack, Magana and Davis. Tack on the win that started Naho Sugiyama’s steep decline and Penne’s record looks even better. Her only losses have come against Waterson and Zoila Gurgel. The BJJ brown belt has submitted six of her opponents.

That’s not good news for Rivera-Calanoc, who has been submitted on two occasions. In fact, everything in this fight tends to point towards a Penne win. Rivera-Calanoc seems to be incapable of stringing together back-to-back wins and she’s fighting a competitor with a significantly better show of consistency in the cage. If Rivera-Calanoc wants to win, she needs to duplicate Waterson’s game plan for Penne. Although her last performance suggests that such a thing is possible, it’s highly unlikely. What’s more likely is a Penne submission victory, which I’ll say comes in the first round.

Tatum: As cryptic as Bryan’s outlook on this fight may seem for Rivera-Calanoc, there’s just too much evidence supporting it.

Penne is every bit the top-three fighter that her resume would indicate. While the loss to Waterson was considered an upset, it was far from a one-sided beatdown. Penne and Waterson exchanged submission attempts and wild scrambles that only high-level grapplers can deliver. Unfortunately for the Californian, she came up on the wrong end of things and lost her belt in the process. That undoubtedly leaves her hungry to get back in the win column and earn a shot at revenge.

I’ll agree with Bryan that Rivera-Calanoc’s outing against Chavez at Invicta FC 2 was impressive. She showed strong positional control and never gave Chavez a chance to get her offense going. The problem is that I don’t see her being able to do the same thing to Penne for three rounds. Penne may not be a huge threat on the feet, but I wouldn’t classify Rivera-Calanoc as much of one either. Now if the Oklahoman can get on top, she can do a lot of damage with her ground-and-pound, provided Penne doesn’t lock her up from the bottom.

Penne (Jeff Vulgamore/The MMA Corner)

No matter how many ways I look at this fight, it always plays out with Penne forcing Rivera-Calanoc to tap. Rivera-Calanoc will come out aggressive and score with a takedown, setting up the same fight-finishing triangle choke that Penne used to beat Sugiyama.

Kontek: This fight pins a former world champion in Penne against a journeywoman with much experience in Rivera-Calanoc. As both of my esteemed colleagues suggested, this bout seems too one-sided at this point in their careers.

Penne was the best female in the world at 105 pounds before she was upset in her first title defense against Waterson. Not many people would have guessed that Waterson would have tapped out Penne, who has shown to be a very solid ground fighter. That being said, Penne’s ground game and submission prowess will be her biggest asset in this fight.

Rivera-Calanoc is as tough as they come. She always brings an aggressive, fan-friendly style that get fans on their feet, but doesn’t always earn the victory. Her best chance to win this fight is to keep this bout standing and put Penne against the cage in a grinding fashion.

Like Mr. Henderson and Mr. Tatum, I will have to take Penne here. The ladies will find themselves on the ground at some point and Penne will pull of a submission victory to get back into the title picture. If anything, a win here may give her a rematch with Waterson to get the belt back.

FlyW: Leslie Smith (5-3-1) vs. Jennifer Maia (7-2-1)

Kontek: Leslie Smith was a handful at 135 pounds. Now, imagine her 10 pounds lighter against opponents against whom she will likely hold a size advantage. That is scary to think about, especially when you consider that she arguably defeated Sarah Kaufman at bantamweight in her last outing.

Maia (Jeff Vulgamore/The MMA Corner)

Jennifer Maia is a dark horse that needs to be seen as a legitimate title contender in the 125-pound division. Just look at her work against former Bellator champion Zoila Gurgel. Maia was a massive underdog, but she went on to erase any doubt from any detractors’ minds with a unanimous decision victory.

Smith has a definite advantage in the striking department. She has power, precision and athleticism on her side. In fact, she prefers a stand-and-bang affair, which she proved against a feared striker in Kaufman. Maia’s best bet is to bring this fight down and work her ground game.

Smith works with the Cesar Gracie team, so she is competent on the ground. Add to that the fact that she will use her striking to create distance and keep Maia at bay, and this could be a pick-’em-apart type of outing. Smith takes a convincing decision.

Tatum: Unlike my colleague, I’m a little more apprehensive that Smith will still be the same fighter at 125 pounds. Sometimes changing weight classes isn’t a solve-all. At 5-foot-9, Smith was tall for a bantamweight, so there’s a chance that the cut to flyweight may not be as smooth as one might assume. Furthermore, one of Smith’s biggests assets at 135 pounds was her speed and volume on the feet. Will she be able to carry that over to her new weight class?

Maia played spoiler at Invicta FC 5 in April. She capitalized on a cautious Gurgel, imposing her will from the opening bell. The Brazilian showed off a smothering clinch game that prevented Gurgel from mounting any offense whatsoever. While it may not have been pretty, it was extremely effective. Based on Smith’s length, that same approach will be Maia’s best plan of attack.

Smith (Jeff Vulgamore/The MMA Corner)

Without question, Maia’s win over Gurgel was the biggest of her career. But she’s facing the polar opposite fighter stylistically in Smith. Smith is likely to bring the fight to Maia, which will make it much more difficult to tie up and grind things out along the cage. There are still concerns about how the weight cut will affect Smith, but since her “Fight of the Year” performance at Invicta FC 1, she’s only gotten better with each outing. I’ll agree with Riley and take the Cesar Gracie product to take home a decision win over Maia and lock up the No.1 contender’s position.

Henderson: Maia’s underdog performance against Gurgel was impressive, but it went to highlight my concerns in Gurgel’s game. I don’t share the same concerns about Smith’s abilities. As Rob accurately pointed out, Smith is much more likely to take the fight to Maia. And that could make all the difference in this fight.

The one big concern for Smith, as Rob also pointed out, is the weight cut and how it will affect her performance. If she loses the qualities that made her good at 135 pounds, then Maia becomes the favorite. However, if Smith can retain her speed and volume, she’s the obvious favorite.

Maia’s loss to Sheila Gaff may suggest a weak chin, but that 10-second knockout came when Gaff faked a glove touch to open the fight and threw a punch instead. Outside of that fight, Maia’s chin has held up well, but she’s never fought someone that can pour it on like Smith tends to do. But it’s obvious that Maia should avoid standing with Smith in the first place. For the Brazilian to win, this fight needs to hit the mat. But even there, it will be a struggle. Smith went the distance against Ediane Gomes, a high-level grappler. If Gomes couldn’t submit Smith, I doubt Maia will.

Assuming the weight cut goes smoothly, Smith will be the favorite to win this one. She’ll stay in Maia’s face and deliver a steady barrage of strikes until Maia’s either had enough or the final bell sounds. Smith hasn’t been consistent in finishing her opponents, so I’ll also say the win comes for her on the scorecards.

BW: Sarah D’Alelio (7-3) vs. Lauren Taylor (6-0)

Tatum: If there’s a dark horse for “Fight of the Night,” it’s the bantamweight contest between Sarah D’Alelio and Lauren Taylor. Both fighters are tough as nails, and this fight has all the makings of a war.

Taylor (Jeff Vulgamore/The MMA Corner)

D’Alelio’s last six outings have been against some of the biggest names in the sport. The problem? She’s lacked consistency in those performances. She’s fallen against Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler and Julie Kedzie, failing to mount much offense in any of the fights. But on the flip side, she managed to submit a very accomplished grappler in Vanessa Porto and completely dominated Amanda Nunes from the opening bell at Invicta FC 4. So which version of the Washington fighter shows up against Taylor?

For the Alaskan Taylor, Invicta FC 5 was a coming-out party. After limited exposure from her lone Legacy FC appearance in March, she took out veteran striker Kaitlin Young in a back-and-forth affair in April. Although Taylor’s unblemished record includes five TKO finishes, it’s her top game that is most impressive. When the Gracie Barra Katy product gets on top, it’s unlikely that her opponent is escaping the barrage of elbows and punches she unloads.

It will be interesting to see how this fight unfolds. D’Alelio has great scrambling ability and a strong submission game that may lead to Taylor keeping this fight on the feet. If that happens, the Alaskan has a slight edge in the striking department. But, for the fan’s sake, let’s hope this fight hits the ground. D’Alelio will do her best to tie Taylor into a knot, but despite a lack of big-name competition, Taylor will prove she belongs. Taylor by hard-fought decision.

Henderson: This certainly is a fight that flies under the radar, but it could have major implications for a division where Invicta has its smallest contingent of fighters, due in large part to the UFC’s involvement in the 135-pound women’s division. That puts D’Alelio and Taylor among the top fighters at 135 under the Invicta banner, and a win could potentially punch that fighter’s ticket to a UFC contract.

Despite an undefeated record, Taylor has yet to really stamp her name into the collective consciousness of Invicta fans. However, her win over Young was impressive and she has the tools necessary to add a win over D’Alelio as well. Her goal will be to put D’Alelio on the mat and rain down strikes from the top position.

D’Alelio, meanwhile, will look to submit her adversary. And playing in her favor against someone with Taylor’s style is that D’Alelio has never suffered a knockout loss. She dominated Nunes, a knockout artist, in their fight, and is comfortable on her back, as she demonstrated against Porto.

D'Alelio (Jeff Vulgamore/The MMA Corner)

I have a habit of giving an established veteran the nod over the less proven up-and-comer, and I’ll do so again here. Yes, Taylor’s top control is a major strength for her, but a win over Young, who is much less consistent than D’Alelio, is not enough to convince me that Taylor can overcome the surging D’Alelio, who has only lost once in four Invicta appearances. D’Alelio eats some big punches in the first round, but keeps her composure and snags a submission win in the second or third stanza.

Kontek: This bout may be one of the most closely contested on the card. Taylor is a grappler with solid striking who prefers to work from top position. D’Alelio is a great submission artist with an aggressive style and decent striking herself.

One of the biggest differences between the two is competition level and experience on the big stage. Taylor’s biggest fight came in her last outing when she beat Young, which was also impressive because it was on short notice. D’Alelio is a Strikeforce veteran and has been on all but one invicta card to this point. This is an obvious advantage for D’Alelio.

The biggest thing that this fight will come down to is who gets the top position on the ground. There will be some interesting scrambles and transitions, but both ladies have great top pressure. Whoever gains the top position will inflict more damage via ground-and-pound, as well as have better shots at pulling off submissions.

I think Taylor is very talented, but D’Alelio is the better fighter at this point. I don’t think she can finish Taylor, even though we haven’t seen much, if any, of Taylor off her back. “The Monster” will take a decision.

StrawW: Ayaka Hamasaki (9-0) vs. Claudia Gadelha (9-0)

Henderson: Ayaka Hamasaki and Claudia Gadelha have more in common than one might think. Not only are both ladies undefeated through nine pro bouts, but they have both been in position for a title shot before being forced to withdraw from the championship bout. Gadelha was slated to meet Carla Esparza for the inaugural strawweight title, but suffered an injury and was replaced by Bec Hyatt. Hamasaki, meanwhile, was to fight Esparza last year before withdrawing to instead defend her Jewels crown. Now, due to an injury that forced Esparza out of a title defense against Hamasaki, the two ladies meet to fight for an opportunity to regain that title shot that has eluded them to this point.

Hamasaki (Taro Irei/Sherdog)

Hamasaki is a second dan black belt in judo and holds the Jewels strawweight title. The Japanese fighter has secured unanimous decision wins over fellow top competitors Mizuki Inoue, Seo Hee Ham and Emi Fujino. She has also scored a corner stoppage against Ham and submitted Yuka Tsuji and Lacey Schuckman. That’s one of the strongest resumes of any fighter in this weight class.

Gadelha is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has used those skills to submit five of her opponents. The 24-year-old’s resume isn’t littered with the same significant names that Hamasaki’s boasts. The Nova Uniao standout’s most notable wins have come against Herica Tiburcio and Kalindra Faria. That’s the consequence of a career spent fighting in Brazil.

If this fight hits the mat, which it’s sure to do, things could get interesting. Gadelha’s MMA resume may not be as impressive as that of Hamasaki, but the Brazilian is a decorated grappler and could give Hamasaki a run for her money on the ground.

Although Gadelha is undefeated, she still needs to prove herself against more difficult competition. Hamasaki can be considered an elite strawweight and would have been fighting for the title at this show had Esparza not suffered an injury. The Japanese star will hold on to her title shot by grinding out a decision victory over Gadelha in a closely contested fight.

Kontek: There is one point that Bryan made that stands out in my mind: Gadelha has spent most of her career in Brazil. This match-up is a No. 1 contender’s bout between two women who have never tasted defeat. The difference is that Hamasaki is used to fighting more high-level opponents, whereas Gadelha has feasted on lesser opposition for the most part.

Grappling-wise, this could be a very interesting bout. Hamasaki’s bread and butter comes on the mat, where she has submitted the likes of Schuckman and Tsuji, both respectable competitors. Gadelha is also well-versed on the ground and has tapped notable Brazilian Kalindra Faria.

If this turns into a striking battle, it will be quite the wild card. Both are more known for their ground games, so one would have to use their imagination to provide a definitive answer as to who can throw heavier leather.

Gadelha (Marcelo Alonso/Sherdog)

To sum it all up, Hamasaki has competed at a higher level, has been successful and is a dangerous finisher on the mat. To Gadelha’s credit, the Nova Uniao product can hang with the best on the ground and will likely not get finished, but the Japanese fighter should take a decision here.

Tatum: Much like the match-up between Bec Hyatt and Mizuki Inoue, travel may play a huge factor in the outcome of this fight. Japanese fighters have a long history of struggles when traveling to the United States for fights, and being that Gadelha has only competed outside of her native Brazil once, she may face the same troubles.

I won’t argue for a second with my colleagues that Hamasaki’s resume is far more impressive. In fact, finishing Schuckman at Invicta FC 2—something current Invicta champ Michelle Waterson could not do—is a huge feather in her cap, as are her two wins over Korean Seo Hee Ham. She employs a calculated, patient ground game that could be the best in the division. My concern for the Japanese fighter is, how is she going to respond against a striker? Nearly every foe she’s faced has been a fellow grappler, as is the case with Gadelha.

For the 24-year-old Gadelha, level of competition is certainly a concern that I also share. Outside of the armbar win over Faria, there’s more questions than answers on her resume. But that doesn’t mean I’m writing her off in this fight. The fact that Gadelha is part of the famed Nova Uniao camp is a massive wild card in this fight. While she’s far from a striker, her fight with Tiburcio showed good use of range on the feet and a willingness to brawl when necessary.

This fight could very easily steal the show on Saturday night. Hamasaki is the more talented grappler, but I’m going to be the voice of dissent on this fight. Look for Gadelha to score more frequently with her strikes, delivering solid ground-and-pound from the top on the mat. When the scorecards are read, the Brazilian will eke out the win and earn her shot at Esparza’s belt.

FW Championship: Marloes Coenen (21-5) vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (11-1)

Tatum: If there was an ideal fight to headline Invicta’s first televised pay-per-view event, this is it. A rematch more than three years in the making, Marloes Coenen is hoping to exact revenge on Cristiane Cyborg and capture Invicta gold in the process.

Coenen (James Law/MMA Fighting)

The pair’s first meeting under the Strikeforce banner saw Coenen fall short in her quest to dethrone Cyborg, as she lost by third-round TKO. Since that time, Coenen went on to capture, defend and lose the Strikeforce bantamweight title, but returned to 145 pounds when Invicta came calling last year. The Dutchwoman possesses a slick submission game, but she lacks a strong takedown attack to gain the top position. That’s what got her into trouble in the first meeting with the Brazilian. If Coenen tries to stand and trade or ends up on the bottom with Cyborg again, it’s hard to see the result of this fight being much different.

For Cyborg, Invicta marks a chance at redemption. After destroying every opponent put in front of her in the Strikeforce cage, the Brazilian tested positive for steroids in late 2011, resulting in a year-long suspension. When Strikeforce folded into the UFC, her refusal to cut to 135 pounds led her to Invicta. Her first fight with the promotion was vintage Cyborg—and she passed the pre- and post-fight drug tests. Battling an overmatched Fiona Muxlow, Cyborg scored the sixth first-round stoppage win of her career, setting up the rematch with Coenen.

Ironically, Muxlow is also Coenen’s most recent opponent, but unlike Cyborg’s TKO finish, Coenen earned the 15th submission win of her career with a first-round armbar. But when the cage door shuts on July 13, it’s hard to picture Coenen duplicating that feat against Cyborg.

Cyborg’s aggressive nature and punching power make her a true wrecking machine. Coenen was able to absorb punishment for more than two rounds in their first fight, but she was unable to get the fight to the ground, secure top position and implement her submission game. Unless she can find a way to change that in this fight, it’s going to be a long night for the 32-year-old. Cyborg took the fight to the ground at will and rained heavy shots without much threat from Coenen’s guard, leading to the TKO win. Look for a carbon copy of the first fight as Cyborg becomes the inaugural 145-pound champion.

Kontek: Cyborg has fallen into a negative light in the minds of fans as a result of her failed drug test back in her Strikeforce days. If you can get past the fact she at one point made a mistake in her career, you will remember that Cyborg is an absolute animal in the cage and smashes anything put in front of her.

Cyborg is the best and most powerful female striker in any division in MMA right now. Simply put, if Cyborg touches your chin, you go to sleep.

Coenen is a submission grappler that will need to get this fight to the ground. That is easier said than done though, as Cyborg is incredibly strong and can stay upright. Plus, Cyborg is well-versed on the ground even if the Dutch native plants her on her back.

Cyborg (Jeff Vulgamore/The MMA Corner)

This fight really comes down to if Cyborg is in prime form after missing a year from suspension. Sure, she had a comeback fight against Muxlow, but Muxlow is no Coenen. Either way, Cyborg has a magnet around her waist that’s pulling the belt toward her and she will lay waste to Coenen with a first or second-round knockout.

Henderson: Cyborg, smash. Can I stop there? No? Okay…

If there’s one thing Cyborg has done effectively throughout her career, it has been to overpower and overwhelm her competition. She lost her debut in 2005 via kneebar, but has not tasted defeat since. And she’s only been to the scorecards on two occasions, against Vanessa Porto and Yoko Takahashi. In her other fights, including outings against Gina Carano, Shayna Baszler and Coenen, the fight has ended in a TKO stoppage in favor of Cyborg.

The only way to defeat Cyborg is to submit her. Erica Paes did it in 2005, and Porto came close in the subsequent fight. But in the time since then, Cyborg has become increasingly more difficult to snag in submission holds. She has the ability to overpower an opponent and deliver a vicious striking assault that brings an end to the fight.

Coenen is sure to have flashbacks once the cage door closes. She’ll find herself in many similar positions to those of the first fight. If she’s been smart, she’s spent the majority of her camp trying to clamp on submissions while getting hit in the face. However, even if that were the case, I still find it difficult to see this fight taking any other course than the one it took in their first meeting.

In other words: Cyborg, smash.

Preliminary Card
AtomW: Cassie Robb (0-1) vs. Livia von Plettenberg (1-1)

Kontek: Cassie Robb took a former adversary’s spot in this preliminary atomweight bout when Laura Sanko bowed out. Now she meets former 115er Livia von Plettenberg, who will be the bigger lady in the cage. Robb showed great promise in her loss to Sanko, and von Plettenberg showed extreme toughness in her one-sided beating at the hands of Joanne Calderwood. Robb will win an exciting decision that will warm the crowd early.

Henderson: The key for Robb in this fight will be to utilize her wrestling and bring the fight to the mat. If she does that, she may have a chance at victory. But if this fights remains a stand-up battle, the edge certainly goes to the Austrian, who still resides in Europe but travels to Portland to train at Team Quest. The striker went three full rounds with Calderwood, and, contrary to my colleague, I like her chances here. Von Plettenberg will end this fight via TKO in the second or third frame.

Tatum: Both fighters fell short in their promotional debuts, but ironically, it was Robb that impressed more in my eyes. Von Plettenberg did little outside of being a punching bag for Calderwood, while Robb engaged in a spirited affair with Sanko. Look for Robb to take this fight to the mat and take home a decision win.

FW: Mollie Estes (1-2) vs. Veronica Rothenhausler (1-0)

Henderson: Featherweights are almost a rarity, even in Invicta. For the most part, it’s Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino, Marloes Coenen, Ediane Gomes and then everyone else. One emerging name on this list is Veronica Rothenhausler. The 23-year-old steamrolled through Katalina Malungahu in just 72 seconds at Invicta FC 4 and now returns to fight Mollie Estes. Estes rode a 7-1 amateur record into her pro debut and emerged victorious by unanimous decision, but she has not fared as well under the Invicta banner, with stoppage losses to Randi Miller and Julia Budd, a striker who managed to submit Estes. I’ll go with the more impressive fighter, which is Rothenhausler. She’ll score another early knockout win.

Tatum: The hardest part about predicting a Rothenhausler fight is the fact that she’s had such little cage time. A natural athlete with devastating power, the Nevada native has crushed everyone in her path thus far. For the 37-year-old Estes, this fight is what she was expecting leading into Invicta FC 5, but instead found herself facing the top-five-ranked Budd on short notice. While Estes has shown a lot of heart in her two Invicta appearances, she’s likely to be overwhelmed by her more explosive opponent. Rothenhausler by TKO.

Kontek: There aren’t too many ladies in MMA right now with the raw power that Rothenhausler possesses in her hands. Add to that the fact that she is a great athlete and you have yourself one of the top featherweight prospects in the world. Estes is a warrior and isn’t afraid to engage with top-level athletes, but she is overmatched here. I voice a similar opinion as my fellow columnists, as Rothenhausler takes a knockout early on.

StrawW: Ashley Cummins (3-1) vs. Emily Kagan (2-1)

Kontek: Greg Jackson disciple Emily Kagan looks to get back in the win column, following a loss to Rose Namajunas, when she meets the criminally underrated Ashley Cummins. Cummins had a very impressive amateur career, going undefeated through eight fights before jumping to the pros. Her only blemish as a pro came to the beastly Joanne Calderwood, which has overshadowed an otherwise great start. As a pro and amateur, Kagan has been tapped twice, which will play into Cummins’ hands. A mid- to late-round submission will secure Cummins her fourth pro victory.

Tatum: I’m going to have to agree with Riley’s pick on this one. Cummins’ loss to Calderwood is nothing to be ashamed of and outside of that fight, she’s been a submission machine. Kagan was competitive with Namajunas for two rounds, but the holes in her ground game were exposed by her younger foe. Look for Cummins to slap on the fight-ending armbar midway through round two.

Henderson: Considering that Cummins was forced to go the distance to earn her victories over Stephanie Frausto and Sofia Bagherdai, I was initially a little more hesitant than my fellow panelists in handing out a submission pick here. But then there’s Kagan’s resume, which reveals that the weakness in her game is her submission defense. This one makes it to the third round before Cummins finally locks up one of Kagan’s arms or her neck and coaxes a tapout.

Top Photo: Cris “Cyborg” Justino (Jeff Vulgamore/The MMA Corner)