Baszler And McMann Headline Invicta 2 Card
By: Matty Simo
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Saturday’s MMA betting action takes us to Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas for the second event of the Invicta Fighting Championships, featuring 14 bouts between women fighters. The Invicta FC 2 card will be streamed live at InvictaFC.com starting at 6:00 p.m. (ET).
The main event of the evening will match up former Strikeforce fighter Shayna Baszler against former Olympian Sara McMann. Baszler (14-6) is riding a four-fight winning streak since losing to Sarah Kaufman by unanimous decision at Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg three years ago. The 31-year-old bantamweight contender from Sioux Falls, South Dakota trains under Strikeforce heavyweight Josh Barnett and also previously lost to Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos via second-round TKO.
McMann (5-0) is a rising star in women’s MMA who has not yet been hyped like another former Olympian, Ronda Rousey. While Rousey earned a bronze medal in women’s judo at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, McMann won the silver in women’s wrestling at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
The 31-year-old grappler has seen her last two bouts go into the third round, with two ending in unanimous decisions, after her first two fights were decided within the first two minutes. Despite her inexperience, McMann opened as a huge -425 favorite against Baszler, the +275 underdog.
The co-main event will pit Canadian Alexis Davis (11-5) against Japanese fighter Hitomi Akano (18-9). Davis dropped a unanimous decision against Baczler at Freestyle Cage Fighting 40 in 2010 and has lost twice more since then. The 27-year-old Ontario native is coming off a majority decision loss against former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey on March 3 and also suffered a TKO loss to Kaufman in her professional debut five years ago.
Kaufman will fight Rousey for the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title on August 18.
Akano also previously fought one of the fighters in the main event, falling to McMann by unanimous decision at ProElite 3: Grove vs. Minowa on January 21. The 37-year-old from Osaka had won her previous two bouts after losing the final of the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Tournament to Miesha Tate via unanimous decision on August 13, 2010.
Tate later won the Strikeforce bantamweight title before losing to Rousey via armbar submission on March 3. Akano opened as a +140 underdog against Davis, the -170 favorite.