On Saturday night, Invicta FC will land in Kansas City, Kan., to hold their 14th event inside the Municipal Auditorium. In the main event, newly crowned bantamweight champion, Tonya “Triple Threat” Evinger, (16-5 MMA, 4-0 Invicta) will look to defend her title against Pannie “Banzai” Kianzad (8-0 MMA, 1-0 Invicta) in what will surely be an exciting matchup.

Both Evinger and Kianzad are coming off dominant victories last July at Invicta FC 13. Evinger upset hot prospect, Irene Aldana, in a four-round, ground-and-pound beatdown to win the vacant Invicta 135-pound title; while Kianzad shut down Jessica-Rose Clark for fifteen minutes with her striking. “Triple Threat” will have a significant experience advantage over Kianzad, as she has fought a who’s who in women’s mma during her 21-fight career, such as Alexis Davis, Sara McMann and Gina Carano. The american has really found her stride in Invicta, with three of her four victories ending before the final bell. Kianzad’s career has started off hot, winning her first eight fights, with three victories via TKO. The Iranian will have to rely on takedown defense if she is to survive the smothering style of Evinger and remain undefeated.

In the co-main event, Katja “Killer Bunny” Kankaanpää (10-2-1 MMA, 2-2 Invicta) will look to get back into the win column after losing her Invicta strawweight title back in April at Invicta FC 12. She will have to get past the undefeated DeAnna Bennett (7-0 MMA, 3-0 Invicta) to do so. It’s a classic striker vs. grappler battle in this co-main event, with Bennett mainly utilizing boxing skills and Kankaanpää preferring the ground game.

Rachel Ostovich vs. Andrea Lee

Andrea “KGB” Lee (2-1 MMA, 1-1 Invicta) is dangerous everywhere. With crafty grappling and power in her hands, she can be a future force in the flyweight division. However, she dropped her last fight against veteran Roxanne Modafferi and will have to battle Rachel Ostovich (2-1 MMA, 1-0 Invicta) to get back in the win column. Ostovich has a similar skill-set as Lee, but tends to favor counter-striking, with a wicked overhand right as her favorite weapon. Expect an exciting back-and-forth battle in this fight.

Prediction: Lee via Decision

Roxanne Modafferi vs. Mariana Morais

Roxanne “The Happy Warrior” Modafferi (17-12 MMA, 2-1 Invicta) has nearly three times the amount of fights of her opponent Mariana Morais (9-2 MMA, 0-0 Invicta), who is making her Invicta debut. Morais is on a five fight win streak and only two of her eleven fights have gone the distance. Roxanne has been around the block, but has recently dramatically improved her striking game in Invicta. Despite Modafferi’s jiu-jitsu strength, Morais is a pure finisher, meaning that Modafferi will have to rely on her improved striking to be victorious.

Prediction: Modafferi via Decision

Katja Kankaanpää vs. DeAnna Bennett

Four of Kankaanpää’s ten wins are via submission, including a d’arce choke victory over Stephanie Eggink, so it would be wise for Bennett to strike at range and avoid grappling with the jiu-jitsu purple belt. The issue presented to the American is that her flurry-style of combination striking typically lands her in the clinch. Expect the Finnish fighter to take advantage of this and make it a long night for the undefeated Bennett.

Prediction: Kankaanpää via Submission, Round 3

Tonya Evinger vs. Pannie Kianzad

Kianzad will have her hands full in this fight, as Evinger is one of the most tenacious female fighters around. If her first takedown attempt does not land she will keep trying until her opponent falls. When that happens, Evinger unleashes vicious ground-and-pound and constant submission attempts. Similar to the co-main event, the last place Kianzad wants to be is underneath Evinger. “Banzai” does have some qualities that can prove helpful. She utilizes a low center of gravity in her stance for quick sprawls to avoid takedowns, and rarely throws kicks. While this helps, it might not be enough to stop the pursuit of “Triple Threat” for 25 minutes.

Prediction: Evinger via Submission, Round 5


About The Author

Danny Doherty
Staff Writer

Danny is a sophomore at Ithaca College looking to acquire a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Media. He has been an avid fan of mixed martial arts since watching the UFC’s 100 Greatest Fights special on Spike TV back in 2009. Shortly following UFC 100, Danny’s Saturdays, and most of his free time, became dedicated to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In addition to writing for The MMA Corner, Danny works as a sports broadcaster and as a DJ for Ithaca College’s FM radio station, 92 WICB.