Fight Facts is a breakdown of all of the interesting information and cage curiosities on every card, with some puns, references and portmanteaus to keep things fun. These deep stat dives delve into the numbers, providing historical context and telling the stories behind those numbers.
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TOTAL NUMBER OF INVICTA FIGHTS: 298
TOTAL NUMBER OF INVICTA EVENTS: 33
This has proven to be a banner year for the Invicta Fighting Championships promotion, which staged its record seventh event of 2018 with Invicta 33 on Saturday at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri. The show featured the fastest knockout in Invicta history, one of the latest stoppages in company history and a fighter who missed weight by an entire weight class.
THE MAGICAL NUMBER SEVEN, PLUS OR MINUS TWO: Invicta 33 marked the seventh event put on by the promotion in 2018, the most for any year.
ATOMIC: By successfully defending her belt against Minna Grusander, Jinh Yu Frey became the third fighter in Invicta history to defend thee atomweight belt, joining Michelle Waterson and Ayaka Hamasaki.
OUT OF THE FREYING PAN …: After edging Grusander on the scorecards, Frey picked up her sixth win inside the Invicta cage, tying her with Felicia Spencer for the second-most wins in promotional history behind Tonya Evinger (seven).
… AND INTO THE FIRE: Frey and Amber Brown each made their eighth Invicta appearances at Invicta 33, tying them for second-most in company history with Evinger, Ashley Cummins, DeAnna Bennett and Sarah D’Alelio. They all trail Vanessa Porto with nine.
ALL GOOD THINGS ARE ENDING: Montserrat Ruiz suffered the first loss of her nine-fight career when she dropped a decision to Danielle Taylor.
DO CALL IT A COMEBACK: In tapping Sharon Jacobson unexpectedly with an armbar at 4:43 of the third round, Kay Hansen picked up the fourth-latest stoppage in a non-title fight in Invicta history. All four of the latest non-title finishes have come by armbar.
NO NOTICE, NO PROBLEM: By competing 29 days before at Invicta 32, Hansen made the fastest turnaround in company history when she fought at Invicta 33.
IMPERIAL OR U.S.?: In beating Brown by decision, Alesha Zappitella remained undefeated in her sixth pro fight. Four of “Half Pint’s” five wins have gone the distance, while she had another decision win overturned in 2017 after testing positive for marijuana.
FULL-THROTTLE PERFORMANCE: By earning a “Performance of the Night” bonus after defeating Brown by decision, Zappitella pocketed her second bonus of that type following a decision win -- more than any other fighter in the promotion.
BULLY THE BULLY: In dropping a decision to Zappitella, Brown suffered her fourth loss inside the Invicta cage. This loss tied her for the most in the organization’s history with Cummins, Porto, D’Alelio and Kaitlin Young.
MISSED IT BY THAT MUCH: Jamie Moyle came in 9.1 pounds heavy for her bout against Brianna Van Buren, marking the worst weight miss in Invicta history.
THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS: After Moyle missed weight by more than nine pounds and lost, every fighter to miss weight by at least five pounds has lost inside the Invicta cage. Previously, Michelle Ould and Kinberly Tanaka Novaes missed weight by over five pounds and lost to Bennett and Janaisa Morandin, respectively.
WELCOME TO MMA: By starching Ashlynn Kleinbeck in 28 seconds, Chantel Coates picked up the fastest knockout in Invicta history. It was also the second-fastest stoppage in promotional history, behind only Rose Namajunas’ 12-second flying armbar submission of Kathina Lowe at Invicta 5 in 2013.
ONE-HITTER QUITTER: Coates’ knockout of Kleinbeck was only the fourth inside Invicta to come from a single punch.
NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN: Coming into Invicta 33, Ruiz had never competed outside of Mexico (eight fights), Grusander had never lost consecutive bouts (eight fights) and Brittney Victoria Grizzelle had never fought out of the second round (two fights).
SO MUCH FOR THE GOLDEN FUTURE: Ruiz made her walk to the cage accompanied by “Breaking the Law” by Judas Priest, but lost by decision to Taylor. Over in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, only one recorded fighter has ever walked out to Judas Priest: Clay Collard. He lost to Tiago dos Santos e Silva on the scorecards at UFC 191 in 2015.
Jay Pettry is an attorney and a 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 fight result and entrance music databases to better study the sport. You can find him on Twitter at @jaypettry.