Invicta Fighting Championships returns TONIGHT (Jan. 5, 2013) to Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas, with some high level women's fights.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of Invicta FC 4 below, beginning with the main card at 10 p.m. ET. In addition, we'll deliver up-to-the-minute quick results of all the undercard action much earlier in the evening (beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET).
You can watch the Invicta FC 4 pay-per-view (PPV) here (which will set you back $7.95).
Update: Due to issues processing payments, the entire event has now been made free of charge and you can watch the whole thing at www.Ustream.com/InvictaFC.
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Headlining the main event will be a Strawweight title fight between Carla Esparza and Bec Hyatt. Esparza is was originally expected to face Claudia Gadelha for the inaugural title, but an injury to the Brazilian forced her out of the event and the Australian Hyatt stepped up on short notice from her main card bout to accept the opportunity. This fight will be a battle of power and wrestling against agility and heart.
Also on tap is a very important women's bantamweight rematch between top contenders Shayna Baszler and Alexis Davis. Baszler came out on top several years ago, but both ladies have evolved since then and both are on excellent runs which could move them to bigger and better things in the UFC.
Other top female bantamweights will be in action including Sarah D'Alelio, Leslie Smith and Amanda Nunes as well as rising strawweight prospect Joanne Calderwood, who actually turned down a short notice fight for the title before Hyatt accepted.
Complete Invicta FC 4 quick results and play-by-play are posted below:
115 lb. title: Carla Esparza def. Bec Hyatt via unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Alexis Davis def. Shayna Baszler via technical submission (rear naked choke) at 0:58 of round three
135 lbs.: Leslie Smith def. Raquel Pennington via unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Sarah D'Alelio def. Amanda Nunes via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Ediane Gomes def. Hiroko Yamanaka via unanimous decision
115 lbs.: Joanne Calderwood def. Livia Von Plettenberg via unanimous decision
105 lbs.: Cassie Rodish def. Stephanie Frausto via TKO (punches from mount) at 1:04 of round three
145 lbs.: Tamikka Brents def. Amanda Bell via unanimous decision
105 lbs.: Jodie Esquibe def. Liz McCarthy via split decision
115 lbs.: Rose Namajunas def. Emily Kagan via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:44 of round three
115 lbs.: Tecia Torres def. Paige VanZant via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Veronica Rothenhausler def. Katalina Malungahu via knockout at 1:12 of round one
105 lbs.: Laura Marcusse-Sanko def. Cassie Robb via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:07 of round two
115 lb. title: Carla Esparza vs. Bec Hyatt
Round one: Hyatt opens aggressively and both ladies trade some serious leather. Hyatt scores with several of her shots but eats a big right hand. Esparza shoots in with a double leg takedown and dumps Hyatt on the ground, quickly passing to half guard and then to side control but Hyatt retains. Esparza starts attacking with ground and pound, dropping left hands and then passing to side control again. Hyatt turtles but Esparza takes her back in the resulting scramble and gets both hooks in. Hyatt is in trouble here unless she can escape the position. Big right hands from Esparza and then some short left hands. Esparza attempts a choke but Hyatt is protecting her neck for now. Esparza drops a big right hand and finishes the round from on top in half guard. 10-9 Esparza
Round two: Hyatt steps forward but Esparza immediately takes her down, kickign at her legs which allows Hyatt to get back to her feet. Hyatt throws some short uppercuts but Esparza shoots in and takes her down again. Hyatt attempts an armbar but Esparza stacks her. Esparza turns into her but Hyatt still has the arm, finally she escapes the hold. Good up kick from Hyatt knocks Esparza backwards which allows her to get back to her feet. Esparza shoots in for a takedown and eats a huge knee from Hyatt but she finishes the takedown anyways. Esparza drops some short punches and elbows, but Hyatt is game off her back, throwing elbows from bottom and controlling her posture with rubber guard. Esparza backs off, nearly allowing Hyatt to get to her feet but instead drops down into her guard until the round ends. 10-9 Esparza
Round three: Esparza looks slowed down a bit here and Hyatt attacks with a lead left jab. Overhand right from Hyatt but Esparza ducks under and takes her down. Esparza isn't landing much from top and Hyatt is doing a pretty good job of shutting down her offense here. Hyatt attempts a sweep but Esparza shuts it down. The ref stands them up and Hyatt steps forward with aggressive punches. Big flurry lands for Hyatt and she fends off a takedown attempt but Esparza tosses her over her shoulder. They scramble and Esparza winds up on top 10-9 Esparza
Round four: Huge flurry from Hyatt to get things started and Esparza attempts a takedown. Hyatt shuts her down at first but Esparza keeps pushing forward and puts her on her back. Esparza passes and takes Hyatt's back, getting both hooks in. Esparza throws some knees and Hyatt turtles. Esparza tries to flatten her out but Hyatt is hanging in there. Esparza drops some hammerfists and attempts an armbar but Hyatt escapes, throwing a good right hand and then a superwoman punch. Head kick from Hyatt and then a combination. Big right hand from Hyatt and Esparza shoots in. Hyatt attempts a guillotine but Esparza throws her over her shoulder, taking top position with a semi-crucifix. Esparza drops some left hands until the round concludes. 10-9 Esparza
Round five: Straight right from Hyatt and she fends off a takedown attempt. Hyatt stalking forward and she lands another right hand. Esparza drops down, grabs a single leg and puts Hyatt on the ground. Esparza is dropping occasional punches, but she's primarily doing enough to just stay on top. The ref stands them up with two minutes to go. Hyatt lands a big right hand but Esparza sticks her head in her chest and drives her into the ground. Esparza throws knees to the thigh and tries to posture up and drop punches but Hyatt is playing pretty good defense. They get to their feet in the final 15 seconds and Hyatt unloads some big strikes, knocking Esparza off balance but she can't do enough, even throwing an extra punch or two after the bell rings. 10-9 Esparza
Final Result: Carla Esparza defeats Bec Hyatt via unanimous decision (50-45 x3)
135 lbs.: Shayna Baszler vs. Alexis Davis
Round one: Big right hand connects for Davis and then a left. Baszler responds and they clinch, where she scores with a knee. Another good right hand from Davis but Baszler clinches and attempts a knee but eats a right hand on the exit. Both ladies trade heavy strikes and Baszler pulls guard, dropping to her back and allowing Davis to take top position. They scramble and Baszler thinks about a heel hook but she gives up her own leg in the process, allowing Davis to attack with a leg lock, which she nearly finishes before getting saved by the bell. 10-9 Davis
Round two: They open with some punches in the pocket but Baszler secures a takedown, although Davis has a very high guard. Davis works for an omaplata and then attacks with a toe hold as Baszler tries to spin free. Baszler slips free but now Davis is attacking with a potential armbar, rolling to nearly secure a belly-down position but Baszler defends for now. Davis is trying to work towards a triangle but Baszler backs off and then drops down with a thundering right hand and she's back in Davis' guard. Left hand from Baszler and she's standing up over Davis, eating short kicks to the thigh. Baszler backs off and allows Davis to stand, eating a straight right and then a leg kick. Baszler is favoring one of her legs, potentially still smarting from that first round leg lock and Davis lands some good punches on the feet and the ground as time expires. 10-9 Davis
Round three: Baszler is trying to open up the aggression but Davis is in control here, landing a pair of good low kicks. Baszler looks slowed down considerably here, eating another leg kick and her punches don't look like they're anything Davis needs to be worried about. Another low kick from Davis and she's finding a home for her lead left hand. Baszler slips while attempting a kick and Davis unloads some knees and punches, pouncing with some heavy offense. Davis hops on Baszler's back and she sinks in a rear naked choke, choking Baszler unconscious!
Final Result: Alexis Davis defeats Shayna Baszler via technical submission (rear naked choke) at 0:58 of round three
135 lbs.: Leslie Smith vs. Raquel Pennington
Round one: Leg kick from Pennington and then a side kick. Smith tries to close the distance with some punches but Pennington clinches. Smith reverses the clinch and Pennington unloads some knees, securing a back body lock and dragging Smith to the ground. They're scrambling and Smith rolls for a leg, attacking with a toe hold but Pennington drops some hammer fists. Smith turtles and Pennington attacks, working for a rear naked choke but Smith escapes by twisting and attacking with a single leg to get back to her feet. Smith stalks forward with a leg kick but they clinch and Pennington takes top position. They trade foot stomps and now Pennington is threatening with a guillotine but neither can secure anything significant. 10-9 Pennington
Round two: Smith opens up with her boxing, putting pressure on Pennington but she eats a good right counter. Flurry from Smith.
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Round three: .....We come back to the action with Smith fending off some takedown attempts from Pennington and firing off some heavy kicks both low and high while continuing the output of punches. Smith backs off from the fence every time Pennington puts her there and raises her hands in a taunting manner trying to get Pennington to come after her. Heavy flurries of punches from Smith and she just unloads them all the way until the bell rings. 10-9 Smith
Final Result: Leslie Smith defeats Raquel Pennington via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
135 lbs.: Amanda Nunes vs. Sarah D'Alelio
Round one: Nunes has control of the cage center early but she's being patient, waiting for an opportunity to explode. Good step-in right hand from Nunes but D'Alelio counters with a double leg takedown along the fence. Nunes is cagewalking back to her feet but she keeps getting her legs dragged out from under her and finally D'Alelio slams her to the ground. Elbows to the leg from D'Alelio and she's really attacking Nunes' thigh here. Nunes rolls and is thinking about attacking one of D'Alelio's legs but D'Alelio passes to side control and pins down an arm but Nunes rolls and nearly takes D'Alelio's back. Nunes grabs a leg and thinks about a heel hook but D'Alelio spins free and winds up on top in half guard as time expires. 10-9 D'Alelio
Round two: Neither lady does much in the first minute other than the occasional flashed jab from Nunes. Right hand from Nunes and she's trying to keep D'Alelio at a distance. D'Alelio changes levels, shoots in, lifts Nunes up and slams her to the ground. Gomes throws an illegal upkick They take away a point from Nunes but the fight is reset on the feet. Now Nunes shoots in thinking about a takedown but D'Alelio reverses the position and puts Nunes on her back. Nunes has her leg up high trying to get a triangle but she can't free her knee to get the head wrapped up. D'Alelio passes to side control and drops a few elbows. Nunes grabs her leg and thinks about a knee bar but gives up on it and D'Alelio is dominating from top position still. D'Alelio remains on top until time expires. 10-8 D'Alelio with the point deduction
Round three: D'Alelio waits a minute but shoots in and puts Nunes back on the ground. Nunes can't do much off her back but gets to her feet after being stuck there for a minute and actually attempts a takedown of her own. Nunes can't secure the takedown and D'Alelio again puts her down, keeping her there until time expires. 10-9 D'Alelio
Final Result: Sarah D'Alelio defeats Amanda Nunes via unanimous decision (30-26 x3)
145 lbs.: Ediane Gomes vs. Hiroko Yamanaka
Round one: Gomes closes the distance early, stalking Yamanaka and she quickly shoots in and takes Yamanaka down. Heavy ground an dpound from Gomes and she's now got Yamanaka's back working for a choke. Gomes works some punches to try to open Yamanaka up to the submission. Yamanaka rolls over but now Gomes is working for an armbar but Yamanaka slips free and she's in top position. Not much offense coming out of Yamanaka and the ref stands them up. Yamanaka presses forward but eats a hard left hook from Gomes. Gomes steps inside and is swinging heavy but most of her shots are coming up short. They posture until time expires. 10-9 Gomes
Round two: They trade hooks early and Gomes has control of the cage center, stalking forwards. Leg kick from Gomes and a push kick but most of her shots are coming up short. Gomes is pressing forward but neither is landing anything significant. Yamanaka is now trying to work some jabs but she's just not throwing them often enough and she's allowing Gomes to be the aggressor on the feet. Heavy shot lands for Gomes and she unloads a flurry of strikes against Yamanaka along the fence but Yamanaka fires back with a pair of knees to back her off. Good left jab from Yamanaka but Gomes again gets inside with heavy punches. A big right hand just misses for Gomes as time expires. 10-9 Gomes
Round three: Leg kick from Yamanaka and she scores with a good right hand. She needs to utilize it more. Spinning back elbow misses for Yamanaka and Gomes makes her pay with a leg hook. Heavy shots from Gomes but she whiffs and Yamanaka responds with a good leg kick. They exchange but Gomes changes levels and takes her down with a double leg. Yamanaka gets to one knee and works her way back to her feet with one minute left and she needs to make something happen. Good right hand and then a left from Yamanaka. She's turning on the aggression here in the last minute but she doesn't have a lot of time to work. Takedown from Gomes and she puts Yamanaka on her back. The Japanese fighter tries to get back to her feet at the end of the round but can't do it as time expires. 10-9 Yamanaka
Final Result: Ediane Gomes defeats Hiroko Yamanaka via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
115 lbs.: Joanne Calderwood vs. Livia Von Plettenberg
Round one: Calderwood is in complete control early on, firing away with precision knees and punches against Von Plettenberg. Von Plettenberg took this fight on short notice so she needs to get in there and try to impose her will quickly or she's going to be in trouble. Clinch attempt from Von Plettenberg is fending off and Calderwood again blasts her with some knees to the legs and body. Short punches from Calderwood in the clinch and now she's got the inside position. Calderwood changes levels looking for a takedown and she gets it on her second effort. Calderwood kicks at Von Plettenberg's legs at the end of the round. 10-9 Calderwood
Round two: Calderwood is the aggressor early, landing some good jabs and knees whenever Von Plettenberg pushes forward. They clinch and Calderwood lands some good short elbows and fire off knees on the inside. After a separation, Calderwood fires off more jabs and times a knee the second Von Plettenberg changes levels. Head kick from Calderwood and she closes the distance with more elbows, slicing and dicing away with her joints. Push kick from Calderwood and she scores a good left hook counter shot. Von Plettenberg is tired and a knee to the body bends her over. Big flurry from Calderwood but Von Plettenberg is surviving. Head kick from Calderwood and she's just pouring it on until the round ends. 10-9 Calderwood
Round three: Huge elbow from Calderwood and a front kick after they separate. Calderwood scores with a pair of knees on the inside in the clinch and she's having her way with Von Plettenberg. Another knee to the body and Calderwood scores a left head kick which snaps her head back. Leg kick and then a body kick from Calderwood. This chick is downright scare. Push kick from Calderwood knocks Von Plettenberg down but she gets back up. Jump knee from Calderwood and then a leg kick. Calderwood scores some big knees in the clinch and she's landing with every strike attempt she throws. This is a beatdown. Leg sweep from Calderwood and Von Plettenberg drops to her back but she backs off and makes her stand again. Head kick from Calderwood and then another. She's extremely calculated with every shot she throws. Front kick to the face and then a knee to the body and Von Plettenberg is in survival mode. Huge right hand from Calderwood but Von Plettenberg hangs on until the end of the fight. 10-7 Calderwood
Final Result: Joanne Calderwood defeats Livia Von Plettenberg via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)