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Total number of Invicta FC Events: 30
Returning to the home city of Kansas City, Invicta Fighting Championships brought a card full of promising prospects and an intriguing title fight for a division without a champion for the past year -- featuring a choke never before seen under the Invicta FC lights, the shortest fighter in company history emerging victorious and a bevy of promotional newcomers winning post-fight bonuses.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Invicta FC has held events in Kansas City -- its base of operations -- in 17 of 30 total events. No other city has hosted an Invicta FC fight card more than four times.
BUILDING BLOCKS: For the first time in Invicta FC history, no fighter competing on the card held 10 wins or more. Only four fighters on the card celebrated more than five wins in their respective careers.
ON TARGET: No fighter on the card missed weight and no bouts were contested at a catchweight at Invicta FC 30, an occurrence that has happened only six times to date.
BONUS BEGINNERS: For the third time in company history, four “Performance of the Night” bonuses were awarded in lieu of a “Fight of the Night” bonus and two “Performance of the Night” bonuses. All four post-fight bonuses were given to fighters who had never before earned a bonus with the promotion: Felicia Spencer, Stephanie Geltmacher, Alesha Zappitella and Alyse Anderson.
TAKING THEIR SWEET TIME: After the controversial main event decision bestowing the vacant atomweight belt, in 11 bouts for vacant belts throughout Invicta FC history, only one has ended before the third round -- Jessica Penne’s second round submission of Naho Sugiyama for the inaugural atomweight belt at Invicta FC 3 in 2012.
REBOUND: Jinh Yu Frey became the second fighter in Invicta FC history to win a title after losing her previous fight, joining Yana Kunitskaya. In Frey’s last fight, she was knocked out by Seo Hee Ham in the first round, and Kunitskaya was submitted by Tonya Evinger before she won the vacant title that Evinger gave up to go to the UFC.
DECISIONS, DECISIONS…: Picking up her sixth career win with a decision over Miranda Maverick, Brogan Walker-Sanchez has won all of her bouts on the scorecards.
SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS: Winning a decision over Jillian DeCoursey, Alesha Zappitella became the first fighter in Invicta FC history under 5-foot tall to win a fight. At just 59 inches tall, Zappitella is tied as the shortest fighter in company history with Melissa Wang and fellow Invicta FC 30 competitor Stephanie Alba.
FLY THROUGH THE AIR WITH THE GREATEST OF EASE: Pulling off an incredibly rare flying triangle choke over Stephanie Alba, Alyse Anderson became the second fighter in Invicta FC history to ever defeat her opponent with a flying submission. Current UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas first scored a flying submission in the promotion when she pulled off a flying armbar on Kathina Lowe at Invicta FC 5 in 2013.
TO TAP OR NOT TO TAP: Rendering Stephanie Alba unconscious with a flying triangle choke, Alyse Anderson picked up the fourth technical submission victory in promotional history, and the first from a submission other than rear-naked choke.
NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN: Coming into Invicta FC 30, Miranda Maverick, Kerri Kenneson, Jillian DeCoursey and Brittney Cloudy had never tasted defeat, Stephanie Alba had never been submitted (5 fights) and Alyse Anderson had never submitted an opponent (4 fights).
Jay Pettry is an attorney and statistician. Writing about MMA since he started studying the “Eminem Curse” in 2012 and writing for Vice Sports and Combat Docket along the way, he put together many UFC result and entrance music databases to better study the sport. You can find him on twitter at @jaypettry.