Invicta FC returned to the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City on Friday night for Invicta FC 19, where flyweight champion Jennifer Maia narrowly kept the belt around her waist in a tough battle with women’s MMA pioneer Roxanne Modafferi.
The fight opened with an extremely close first round, but Modafferi showed some sharp striking, coupled with a lot of movement and angles that weren’t prevalent earlier in her career. Maia, by contrast, was more efficient and powerful with her strikes.
In the second frame, it was more trading on the feet until late in the round when Modafferi secured a takedown, controlling and attacking both from her back and after taking top position in a scramble.
Maia began to step ahead a bit with a more aggressive striking attack in round three, but Modafferi slipped a punch and scored a takedown with three minutes left in the frame and kept it on the floor for the remainder of the round. Although Maia was attacking for a small portion of that time with her back to the canvas, Modafferi appeared close to nailing an armbar and controlled much of those three minutes.
The fourth frame was Maia’s best to that point of the fight. Modafferi tried some spinning moves and more exotic movement, but Maia stayed centered, saw the attacks unfold and fought through them, using her jab to set up multi-punch combinations.
Maia caught a kick and dumped Modafferi, doing some heaving damage to her grounded foe in the final two minutes of round four. In the waning moments, Maia pinned Modafferi’s arms and landed several punches to the face.
Modafferi had a lot of damage tattooed across her face and slowed a bit as the final round began. Though she continued to move forward, her movements weren’t as quick, and ….View full article