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Invicta FC 16 Results: Ayaka Hamasaki Retains Title and Jennifer Maia Earns Interim Belt

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Ayaka Hamasaki and Amber Brown

Invicta FC 16: Hamasaki vs. Brown took place at the Trinidad Pavillion at the Tropicana in Las Vegas on Friday and featured two title fights.

Atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki defended her title for the first time by submitting Amber Brown in the fight card’s main event.

Hamasaki secured an early takedown, but found herself locked in a triangle choke by Brown. She defended the submission attempt, but likely lost the opening round.

In the second frame, Brown came out throwing leg kicks. She tied up Hamasaki and took the champion down. Hamasaki again isolated an arm and used it to reverse the challenger. Brown worked for another triangle choke as the round expired.

Brown initiated the clinch in the early going of the third round. She worked to take the Japanese titleholder down, but lost top position on the way to the canvas. Hamasaki attacked an arm and moved to side control. She transitioned to an armbar and extended Brown’s right arm. Brown struggled to get free and eventually tapped out.

“I was very happy that I was able to defend the title, but more than anything, actually five years ago today in Japan we had an earthquake. My fight was canceled, and a lot of people passed away. I had a very special feeling toward this fight,” she said following the submission win.

“She had very good defensive skill,” Hamasaki said of Brown. “When her arm was extended, I knew I got it.”

Jennifer Maia avenged a 2011 loss to Vanessa Porto and captured the interim Invicta FC flyweight title in the co-main event.

Maia was knocked down in the opening round by Porto and things were not looking good for the 27-year-old Brazilian in the early going. In ….View full article

Source:: mmaweekly