Dudieva vs. Gomes Sizzles, Rodriguez Wins Rematch Over Torquato at Invicta FC 46

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Karina Rodriguez, Invicta FC 46Karina Rodriguez, Invicta FC 46 Credit: Dave Mandel/Invicta FC

For those who bask the wilder broadside of MMA — all-out brawls with 2 fighters tearing down the location — the Invicta FC 46 co-main lawsuit was close up their alley.

Former UFC endowment Milana Dudieva faced of with promotional newcomer Denise Gomes successful the flyweight scrap, and the brace unquestionably stole the show.

In the aboriginal going, it was Dudieva putting connected a beardown performance, particularly successful the 2nd frame. Towards the extremity of the round, the Russian flyweight dropped her hostile much than once. Gomes proved crafty, surviving conscionable agelong capable to wide the cobwebs; aft the 2nd knockdown, Dudieva pursued the finish, locking up successful a clinch and firing knees, doing each she could to abstracted and find immoderate abstraction — but Gomes was saved by the bell.

The tables were turned successful the 3rd frame. Gomes battled back, ripping the assemblage arsenic Dudieva, seemingly spent aft a reportedly unsmooth value cut, covered up. Gomes past began piling it out, battering Dudieva until she slumped down against the fence. The combat mightiness person been stopped there, but the ref gave Dudieva an other accidental to past — which was wholly unnecessary. Dudieva tried to get a limb betwixt her and Gomes, but mostly conscionable ate further crushed n’ lb until the combat was yet called, giving Gomes the third-round TKO victory.

Denise Gomes improved to 5-1 with the victory, and has not mislaid since her nonrecreational debut successful 2017.

In the main event, Daiana Torquato recovered the takedown successful the opening circular of her flyweight rubric combat rematch with champ Karina Rodriguez. Rodriguez was the aggressor successful the aboriginal going of the round, but Torquato, who stepped into the bout connected abbreviated notice, got the combat wherever she wanted it precocious attraction of an extracurricular travel — which whitethorn person stolen the circular for the challenger.

Come the 2nd round, Rodriguez again had to combat disconnected the wrestling of Torquato, and was capable to get backmost to her feet erstwhile the combat did deed the mat. But Brazil’s Torquato recovered herself planted connected her backmost again precocious successful the 2nd round, and finishing rounds connected her backmost was not going to beryllium a bully look for the judges — particularly with Torquato progressive connected top, moving the assemblage and looking to walk into mount.

Heading into the third, the unfastened scoring successful Kansas City saw 1 justice ruling the bout a gully to that point. Otherwise, it was Torquato with the lead. Once again successful circular three, Rodriguez had to walk a bully chunk of clip conscionable keeping Torquato disconnected of her. It was a much palmy circular for the champ, with a small much being shown successful the stand-up department, but inactive a precise adjacent round, successful which Torquato won the bulk of the clinch battles.

Round 4 saw an aboriginal clinch controlled by Torquato; Rodriguez yet would interruption free. Plenty of clinch enactment and azygous strikes followed. The champ would occurrence a fierce assemblage footwear successful the 2nd fractional of the round, but Torquato caught it, starring to a takedown. Rodriguez astir had the precocious hand, but successful the scramble that ensued, Torquato reclaimed apical position. Rodriguez would flight retired with nether a infinitesimal to go, and would onshore a close manus successful a little speech up of the buzzer.

Entering circular five, 2 judges had the combat dormant even. One had Rodriguez up by a round, successful what was to that constituent a precise adjacent fight.

An aboriginal clinch successful the last circular of the Invicta FC 46 main lawsuit saw Torquato again controlling the head; an elbow was fired disconnected the break, and Torquato would onshore with a close manus backmost astatine distance. Rodriguez worked her jab, but it was different close from Torquato making an interaction a infinitesimal later. The challenger had a assemblage fastener successful spot wrong a minute, but couldn’t resistance Rodriguez down. They’d break, and the champ would link with a near manus successful the process.

Once again, Torquato would thrust Rodriguez into the fence, looking for a takedown. But it wasn’t there, and backmost astatine center, Rodriguez began turning it up. Not that Torquato didn’t answer. But successful the last minute, it was the champ connected the attack, earlier 1 last clinch ran down the clock.

The last circular made each the difference. Two judges scored it for Rodriguez, giving her the divided determination triumph with scores of 48-47 and 49-46 successful her favor. The dissenting justice had it 48-47 for Torquato.

Given the bout came connected abbreviated notice, there’s a accidental the brace conscionable again down the road. But for the clip being, it was Karina Rodriguez with her 2nd consecutive win, improving to 10-4 with 4 wins successful her past 5 fights.