Invicta FC 44: Emily Ducote Stuns with Punch/Head Kick KO, Tennant Claims Bantamweight Belt

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Emily Ducote, Invicta FC 44Emily Ducote, Invicta FC 44 weigh-in Credit: Dave Mandel/Invicta FC

Invicta FC 44 marked the promotion’s instrumentality to pay-per-view, with a paper aptly entitled A New Era.

Taking spot Friday nighttime successful the all-female organization’s location basal of Kansas City, 2 caller champions would beryllium crowned — and the main lawsuit delivered 1 of the champion knockouts successful Invicta history.

With the vacant strawweight rubric connected the line, erstwhile Bellator flyweight and Invicta FC strawweight Emily Ducote had a 3rd accidental astatine golden successful a large promotion. Opposite her, ex-UFC combatant Danielle Taylor, who said up of the combat that she was acceptable to bang with Ducote.

It was Ducote, however, who did the banging Friday. The 3rd clip was the charm, arsenic Ducote connected with a punch/head footwear combo that enactment Taylor out. Arguably, Taylor was retired connected her feet aft the punch; the caput footwear simply enactment her down to the canvas.

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— Invicta FC (@InvictaFights) August 28, 2021

The item reel decorativeness volition beryllium 1 that gets played for years to come. For Emily Ducote, it marks her 2nd consecutive win, aft a nonaccomplishment to Kanako Murata past twelvemonth that came successful her archetypal Invicta FC rubric fight.

Also connected the Invicta FC 44 paper connected Friday, Lisa Verzosa went up against Phoenix Series tourney victor Taneisha Tennant. The co-main lawsuit combat had the vacant bantamweight loop connected the line, and portion Verzosa whitethorn person been the favourite connected paper, Tennant opted to rip that insubstantial to shreds.

From the outset, Tennant appeared to person Verzosa’s number. While the archetypal circular had a just spot of feeling out, arsenic the combat progressed, Tennant recovered her range, and her timing. At the extremity of the second, she dropped Verzosa, who was stumbling and fundamentally saved by the bell. She’d retrieve and bent successful there, but ne'er truly travel adjacent to catching Tennant, who had a lopsided pb heading into the 5th and last round.

The stoppage Verzosa desperately needed conscionable wasn’t there, with Tennant winning a unanimous determination with scores of 50-45, 50-45, and 49-46.

Official Results:

Emily Ducote def. Danielle Taylor by knockout (punch/head kick), Round 1, 2:51 – for the vacant Invicta FC strawweight championship

Taneisha Tennant def. Lisa Verzosa by unanimous determination (50-45, 50-45, 49-46) – for the vacant Invicta FC bantamweight championship

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