Montserrat Ruiz now qualifies as a known commodity.
The once-beaten Kings MMA prospect submitted Janaisa Morandin with a scarf hold armlock in the first round of their Invicta Fighting Championships 41 headliner on Thursday at the Police Athletic League in Kansas City, Kansas. Morandin (10-4, 1-4 Invicta), who missed weight for the match, conceded defeat 3:28 into Round 1.
Ruiz (9-1, 1-1 Invicta) swarmed with punches, lured the Brazilian into the clinch and delivered a head-and-arm throw along the fence. From there, she moved to a topside crucifix, controlled Morandin’s head and isolated the arm with her legs. Ruiz then elevated her hips, cranked on the shoulder and forced the tapout.
In the flyweight co-main event, Erin Blanchfield rode takedowns, stifling top control and heavy ground-and-pound to a clear-cut unanimous decision over Brogan Walker-Sanchez. Blanchfield (6-1, 4-1 Invicta) swept the scorecards with 30-26 marks across the board, extending her current winning streak to three fights.
Walker-Sanchez (6-2, 2-2 Invicta) was outgunned in every phase. Blanchfield sat her down with a right hand in the first round but did her best work on the ground. She executed takedowns in all three rounds, advanced to dominant positions and cut loose with punches and elbows. Blanchfield turned up the heat in the waning moments of Round 3, where she climbed to full mount and unleashed a burst of punches and elbows, nearly forcing a last-second stoppage.
The 31-year-old Walker-Sanchez has lost back-to-back bouts after a 6-0 start to her career.
Meanwhile, Kaitlin Young won for the fourth time in five outings and rebounded from an Aug. 9 defeat to Pam Sorenson, as she took a unanimous decision from Latoya Walker in a three-round featherweight showcase. All three cageside judges scored it for Young (11-10-1, 3-5-1 Invicta): 30-26, 30-26 and 30-27.
Walker (5-2, 1-2 Invicta) struggled to get in gear in what was her first appearance in more than four years. Young tore into her with repeated kicks to the body and lead leg in the first round, mixed in a takedown in the second and wrecked her in the clinch with short punches and elbows in the third. Walker, 40, jabbed effectively in spurts but found herself in survival mode during the latter stages of the fight.
In other action, Caitlin Sammons (3-0, 3-0 Invicta) escaped with a split decision—28-29, 29-28, 30-27—over Claire Guthrie in a three-round clash at 125 pounds; and Alexa Culp (1-0, 1-0 Invicta) submitted Natalya Speece (0-1, 0-1 Invicta) with a rear-naked choke 3:59 into the second round of their flyweight pairing.
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