Invicta FC took place tonight (Friday, March 11, 2016) in Costa Mesa, California, and overall it was an entertaining card highlighted by several finishes and paved the way for multiple title challengers down the road. Overall from a betting perspective, three betting favorites were victorious while four underdogs won based on the closing odds at 5Dimes Sportsbook. Here’s a quick recap for each fight. Invicta FC 16 Favorites That Won In an atomweight title bout, Ayaka Hamasaki successfully defended her title against a game Amber Brown. Brown displayed her toughness on multiple occasions, but Hamasaki really wanted to take Brown’s arm home as a trophy and she eventually got it, scoring a third round armbar submission victory to earn her first defense. Hamasaki closed at -180 (bet $180 to win $100) while Brown closed at +140 (bet $100 to win $140). In a strawweight bout, short notice replacement Angela Hill stepped up and put a hurting on former title challenger Stephanie Eggink. Eggink was returning from a long layoff due to pregnancy, but Hill, who stepped in for the injured Alexa Grasso, made Eggink pay with vicious strikes, eventually helping put a halt to the action via second round TKO. Hill held serve as a -150 betting favorite while Eggink was +110. In a bantamweight fight, former title challenger Irene Aldana put a hurting on UFC and TUF season 18 veteran Jessamyn Duke. Aldana handled Duke’s early pressure, then punished her with repeated strikes, eventually forcing a first round TKO. Aldana came through as a heavy -270 favorite while Duke lost at +190. Invicta FC 16 Underdogs That Won In the co-main event of the evening, Jennifer Maia and Vanessa Porto put on a competitive scrap for the interim flyweight championship. The battle lasted all five rounds, and while both Porto and Maia got their respective licks in, it was Maia who did just a bit more en route to winning a unanimous decision. Maia will face champion Barb Honchak once she’s healthy. Maia closed as a +105 underdog while Porto was a -145 betting favorite. In a flyweight fight, veteran Roxanne Modaferri continued her impressive trend of upsets by scoring a close split decision over the always dangerous DeAnna Bennett. Bennett put up a tough fight but Modaferri did just enough to sway the judges her way. Roxanne won as a +150 underdog while Bennett was -190. In a 106.9 pound catchweight bout, Japanese fighter Jinh Yu Frey pulled off a shocker against Herico Tiburcio by not only winning, but pretty much dominating the former Invicta FC atomweight champion over the course of three rounds. Frey was a +145 underdog compared to Tiburcio’s -195. In a flyweight fight, Sarah D’Alelio rose to the occasion and not only beat Andrea Lee, but finished her via late third round submission via rear naked choke. D’Alelio was victorious despite being a +130 underdog while Lee was a -170 favorite.
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