After a long hiatus, the all-women's promotion Invicta FC is back. This time, though, they're being broadcast on UFC's Fight Pass channel. They're leading their new distribution effort with an atomweight title fight between a face the UFC seems to be pushing in Michelle Waterson and Japanese promotional veteran Yasuko Tamada. This event, however, also features Invicta's debut of the lightweight class along with a host of other recognizable names.
What: Invicta FC 8: Waterson vs. Tamada
Where: Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri
When: The ten-fight card kicks off on Fight Pass at 8 p.m. ET
Tamada seems badly outmatched, but this should be a good bout nevertheless. The primary reason for that is she's highly active on offense. She pumps her jab and cross continuously, loves to strike her way into the clinch, back opponents up and work for the takedown. I don't think she has the physicality to give Waterson too much trouble, but I am certain she's going to try. Waterson's come a long way in her skill development and should be able to handle this task with relative ease, but it's a good fight for the fans (probably) and a decent chance to showcase Waterson's evolution.
Stephanie Eggink vs. Katja Kankaanpää
Tough, tough fight to call. Eggink is lanky, athletic, a great scrambler and a very good athlete. Kankaanpää, however, might have the very skill set needed to defeat someone like that. Eggink's takedown defense isn't bad by any stretch. In fact, she's quite adept at shucking off chain attempts. It'll require a lot from Kankaanpää to stay on Eggink and force her to the mat. Kankaanpää wasn't really able to do that against Joanne Calderwood, but so what? I expect a competitive fight here, but I like the dogged grappler's chances a bit better.
Gomes may have not had success against Ronda Rousey, but she's a force to be reckoned with. Evinger, as we know, can wrestle, but Gomes isn't terrible there. Gomes is also the much better striker and is very active with submissions, including leg locks. Evinger is capable of scoring a few takedowns, but skills win fights and Gomes is the more skilled of the two.
Two fighters with very similar games. Both are compact and very strong, using close quarters to muscle opposition into the fence or positionally on the ground. Ould has a bit more experience, but the key differentiator for me is Bennett's ability to finish. Ould certainly is not poor at closing the show, but Bennett is more aggressive, taking more calculated risks to create spaces or opportunities.
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Tara LaRosa
Both of these fighters are seemingly past their prime, but it's still a bad match up for Modafferi. She's too willing to play guard and concede position, generally. LaRosa has good takedowns, top control or guard passing. She's also the more physical of the two in the clinch. Modafferi has skills and couldn't be a more humble, appealing person, but it's hard to see how she walks out of here the winner.
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