Jessica Delboni Wins Invicta FC Phoenix Series Atomweight Tournament, Earns Another Shot at Gold

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Jessica Delboni, Invicta FCJessica Delboni Credit: Dave Mandel/Invicta FC

After winning 2 one-round accumulation bouts each Friday night, it was Jessica Delboni and Lindsey VanZandt throwing down successful the finale of the Phoenix Series 4 atomweight tournament.

The one-night matter took spot successful Kansas City, providing the victor with a changeable astatine 105lb champ Alesha Zappitella.

To commencement the night, it was VanZandt earning a submission win, an arm-bar connected Katie Perez. The sub was the lone decorativeness connected Friday’s paper to that point. In the semifinals, VanZandt took a determination against Linda Mihalec, portion Delboni had won decisions against Tabatha Watkins and Marisa Messer-Belenchia to gain her spot successful the final.

The opening framework of the three-round main lawsuit saw VanZandt connected the outside, Delboni the aggressor. VanZandt would yet ellipse out, but again, Delboni would property guardant with a accelerated and furious combination. Where VanZandt did find occurrence was with her kicks, creating abstraction with a precocious kick. But pursuing a takedown being stuffed, VanZandt was again connected the antiaircraft arsenic Jessica Delboni hurled punches successful bunches.

The contiguous absorption pursuing the archetypal circular was simple: Delboni had the edge, VanZandt had held her own, and it was a shame the combat couldn’t beryllium a 5 circular affair.

The 2nd circular erstwhile again saw Lindsey VanZandt connected her backmost ft early. She did link with a debased kick, but erstwhile Delboni moved guardant and attacked, it was respective strikes landing, capped with a limb kick. Delboni went to the assemblage arsenic good arsenic the head, though VanZandt had accrued her measurement arsenic good — conscionable not to the level of Delboni.

Once again successful circular 3 it was VanZandt connected the outside, Delboni bringing the combat to her. Being archetypal connected the exchanges, and throwing with much power, was giving her the borderline implicit “Damsel.” VanZandt had her moments, without question. And successful the third, she appeared to prime up the pace, landing a hard close hand. Her takedowns continued to beryllium stuffed, however, and Jessica Delboni was not to beryllium denied. VanZandt’s last takedown effort would beryllium thwarted, portion Delboni’s powerfulness and aggression were the communicative of the fight.

Just weeks aft failing successful her archetypal bid to triumph golden against Alesha Zappitella, Delboni earned herself a 2nd changeable astatine the champ. Plus, the feather successful her headdress of being a Phoenix Series tourney winner.

“I americium the existent champ,” Delboni said pursuing the win, successful notation to her archetypal bout with Zappitella, which galore had her winning.

Official Result: Jessica Delboni def. Lindsey VanZandt by unanimous determination (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)