Invicta Phoenix Tournament results and highlights.
Invicta FC returned to Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS with the fourth installation of its one-night, eight-woman Phoenix Tournament. A mix of Invicta veterans and newcomers, eight atomweights took to the cage to battle for the next shot at champion Alesha Zappitella.
In the quaterfinals, Invicta FC, Bellator, and Rizin veteran Lindsey VanZandt secured the only finish, putting her in position to decide the semifinal match-ups. She chose to face Kentucky’s Linda Mihalec, who she defeated by unanimous decision. On the other side of the bracket, recent title challenger Jessica Delboni earned decisions over Invicta newcomers Tabatha Watkins and Marisa Messer-Belenchia on her way to the finals, setting up a rematch of her 2019 split decision win over VanZandt.
In the tournament final, Delboni used steady pressure and heavy strikes to earn a second decision over VanZandt. Just three weeks removed from a razor-close decision loss to Zappitella, Delboni will now fight for the Invicta FC atomweight title.
“Zappitella, I see you. I see you next fight, okay?” Delboni said to the champion sitting cageside after the fight.
Full Invicta atomweight Phoenix Tournament: Atomweights results and highlights:
Jessica Delboni vs. Lindsey VanZandt
Official result: Jessica Delboni def. Lindsey VanZandt via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-8, 29-28)
Jessica Delboni vs. Marisa Messer-Belenchia
Official result: Jessica Delboni def. Marisa Messer-Belenchia via unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)
Lindsey VanZandt vs. Linda Mihalec
Official result: Lindsey VanZandt def. Linda Mihalec via unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9)
Tournament reserve bout
Samantha Seff vs. Kara Vislosky
Official result: Samantha Seff def. Kara Vislosky via split decision (10-9, 9-10, 10-9)
Paulina Granados vs. Marisa Messer-Belenchia
Official result: Marisa Messer-Belenchia def. Paulina Granados via split decision (10-9, 9-10, 10-9)
Jillian DeCoursey vs. Linda Mihalec
Official result: Linda Mihalec def. Jillian DeCoursey via split decision (10-9, 9-10, 10-9)
Lindsey VanZandt vs. Katie Perez
Official result: Lindsey VanZandt def. Katie Perez via submission (armbar), Rount 1 – 3:10
Tabatha Watkins vs. Jessica Delboni
Official result: Jessica Delboni def. Tabatha Watkins via unanimous decision (10-9 x3)
Invicta FC: Phoenix Tournament took place on Friday, June 11, live from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS.