On Saturday, November 1st, Invicta Fighting Championships brought fight fans Invicta FC 9: Honchak vs. Hashi live from The River Center in Davenport, Iowa.

The headlining act for the card was an Invicta FC flyweight title fight between defending champion and hometown favorite Barb Honchak and Japanese veteran Takayo Hashi.

Honchak (9-2)  entered this bout riding a very impressive eight-fight win streak, which included victories over current TUF 20 cast members Aisling Daly and Felice Herring. In her previous Invicta appearance, the ‘Little Warrior’ defended her 125-pound belt against current UFC bantamweight Leslie Smith in their main event title bout at Invicta FC 7 in December 2013.

Hashi (15-4), who was making her Invicta FC debut, entered this bout as the reigning Deep-Jewels middleweight champion. She won her belt with third round TKO over Shizuka Sugiyama in May. Prior to this win, she fought to a draw with Ji-Yeon Kim under the Road FC banner in South Korea.

In the co-main event, strawweight submission specialist Mizuki Inoue took on undefeated newcomer Karolina Kowalkiewicz of Poland.

Inoue (8-2), the current Deep-Jewels lightweight champion, entered this bout coming off third round submission victory over Emi Tomimatsu in their rematch at in August. Prior to this win, she saw her original third-round submission victory over Tomimatsu overturned due to missing weight. In her previous Invicta bout, fans saw her earn a decision victory over current TUF 20 cast member Bec Rawlings at Invicta FC 6 in July 2013.

Her opponent, promotional newcomer Kowalkiewicz (5-0), was last seen securing a first-round ssubmission win over Jasminka Civa in May 2014.

The entire fight card aired on UFC Fight Pass.

Main Card Summary

On a night loaded to the brim with hard fought decisions, Barb Honchak didn’t make it pretty, but she came in as a woman on a mission to retain her title against Takayo Hashi, and she left no doubt in her performance. She took the fight against the cage in what many viewed as a dominant performance.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz went toe to toe with Mizuki Inoue and turned in an exciting display which led some fans wanting more. Largely unknown to some before the fight, she found every opportunity to make Inoue work for everything she attempted, but when all was said and done, Kowalkiewicz put herself on the map with one of the night’s two split-decision wins.

Both Raquel Pa’aluhi and Jodie Esquibel gave MMA fans much to talk about also with their unanimous decision wins. Pa’aluhi executed well enough to capitalize on a faded Kaitlyn Young, after Young started to get herself going early, while Esquibel scored a clear three-round decision over Rivera-Calanoc.

In between a trio of dominant unanimous-decision wins in favor of winners Kelly McGill, Jamie Moyle, and Andrea K. Lee on the earlier part of the nine-fight event and a split-decision win for Amber Brown over Liz McCarthy, Amanda Bell scored the night’s lone finish. She intended to stay in Maria Hougaard Djursaa’s face all night, and she did exactly that. Though Hougaard did slow Bell down temporarily, Bell re-fueled her fire and scored with another barrage of strikes that caused a halt to the bout with jut four minutes left in the first frame.


Barb Honchak def. Takayo Hashi by unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45) – For Invicta FC flyweight title
Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Mizuki Inoue by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Raquel Pa’aluhi def. Kaitlin Young by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jodie Esquibel def. Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Amber Brown def. Liz McCarthy by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Amanda Bell def. Maria Hougaard Djursaa by TKO (punches). Round 1, 4:56
Andrea K. Lee def. Shannon Sinn by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jamie Moyle def. Jenny Liou by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Kelly McGill def. Maegan Goodwin by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

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Dale De Souza
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Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.