Throughout the next three days, we will be previewing the InvictaFC 6 card. The preliminary card will stream live and free on InvictaFC.com, with the main card airing on televised pay-per-view in the US and Canada, and on UStream.tv everywhere for $15 Saturday.
Cassie Robb vs. Livia von Plettenberg – Atomweight
The first bout on the preliminary card features two InvictaFC vets coming off losses in their debuts.
Plettenberg was set to face Laura Sanko, but Sanko had to drop out after she found out she was pregnant.
Robb (0-1) lost to Sanko at Invicta FC 4 via second round submission. Robb trains with XFC signed fighter Stephanie Skinner out of Wyoming, and is known for her strong wrestling.
Plettenberg (1-1) was a last minute replacement opponent for strawweight Joanne Calderwood, losing a unanimous decision at InvictaFC 4. Plettenberg has split her time between her home gym in Austria and America’s Team Quest. With a kickboxing base, she has been picking up her own wrestling skills at the Oregon based gym, training with InvictaFC vet Liz McCarthy. This will be Plettenberg’s return to 105.
What to expect
Robb will look to take it to the ground, while Plettenberg wants to keep it standing. The key will be seeing if Plettenberg can use her new wrestling skills to stuff takedowns.
Ashley Cummins vs. Emily Kagan – Strawweight
The second preliminary bout sees two stars looking to return to their winning ways at Invicta.
Cummins (3-1) was undefeated through her amateur and pro career until she met up with Joanne Calderwood at InvictaFC 3, which saw her get a nasty knee to the body. Cummins took six months to recover from her injures.
Kagan (2-1) lost to Rose Namajunas at InvictaFC 4 via rear naked choke. The Jackson MMA fighter won her first two fights as a pro and went 5-2 as an amateur.
What to Expect
The big question is in how Cummins will recover from such a brutal loss. She has more experience in terms of cage time than Kagan, and is more well rounded. Kagan, however, has a solid team behind her and will look to her training to hopefully get the edge.
Mollie Estes vs. Veronica Rothenhausler – Featherweight
The last preliminary fight sees an undefeated phenom faces a fight looking to get back on the winning track.
Rothenhausler (1-0) has yet to see three minutes in the cage, KOing all of her opponents in her amateur career. She KOed Katalina Malungahu at Invicta FC 4 in 72 seconds in her pro debut.
Estes (1-2) went 7-1 as an amateur before winning her pro debut by decision in 2011. She had a dominant performance over Olympic bronze medalist Randi Miller before losing to her by ground and pound at InvictaFC 1. Estes would lose to Julia Budd at InvictaFC 5 via submission as a last minute replacement.
What to Expect
The obvious question will be if Rothenhausler can keep her streak alive, and if she doesn’t, how will she be able to react. If Estes is able to take her into the later rounds and/or take it to the ground, we could see a win for Estes.
Tecia Torres vs. Rose Namajunas – Strawweight
The first fight on the main card has two 2-0 fighters on the verge of being ranked in the top 10.
Namajunas (2-0) is coming in what many feel is the submission of the year so far, getting a 12 second armbar over Kathina Catron at InvictaFC 5. She is splitting her camps between Denver and Minnesota nowadays, which is helping her diversify her game.
Torres (2-0) has been awaiting her return to the InvictaFC cage since she got a unanimous decision win over Paige Van Zant at InvictaFC 4. She has since taken up a kickboxing match and won it. Torres also has used the layoff to sharpen her skills in BJJ, entering several tournaments.
What to Expect
A lot of people are expecting this to be the “Match of the Night” and for good reason. Both fighters have yet to taste defeat in either their pro or amateur careers. The ground game favors Namajunas, while standing goes to Torres. Torres has more cage time, so experience could be a factor.
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