Atomweight (105 pounds) superstar Jessica Penne (10-1) of Laguna Hills, Calif. was crowned the first-ever Invicta Fighting Championships world champion after submitting previously undefeated Naho "Sugi Rock" Sugiyama (8-1) of Kyoto, Japan with a triangle choke in the second round (2:20) of the main event at Memorial Hall in Kansas City on Saturday night, live on InvictaFC.com
In bantamweight (135 pounds) co-main event action, Shayna "The Queen of Spades" Baszler (15-7) of Sioux Falls, S.D. used a brilliant ground game to find an opening and submit rising star Sarah "The Monster" D'Alelio (6-3) of San Jose, Calif. with a rear-naked choke in the second round (:37) of action.
The much-anticipated bantamweight rematch between Leslie Smith (4-2-1) of Pleasant Hill, Calif. and Kaitlin Young (7-7-1) of St. Louis Park, Minn. played to a far different tempo as the two rivals took their fight to the mat this time around, rather than exchanging flurries of strikes as they did during the first go-around at the inaugural Invicta FC card in April. In the second round, Smith scrambled to top position off a missed kneebar attempt, and from mount position, unloaded punches until the referee stopped the contest at the 2:19 mark of the round.
In other main card action, Cat Zingano (7-0) of Broomfield, Colo.and Michelle "The Karate Hottie" Waterson (10-3) of Albuquerque, N.M. notched their first wins under the Invicta FC banner. Zingano submitted Raquel "Rocky" Pennington (3-2) of Colorado Springs, Colo. with a rear-naked choke in the second round (3:32) of their matchup while Waterson, a protégé of MMA guru Greg Jackson, earned a majority decision over Lacey "The Ladie" Schuckman.
In the opening main card bout, Julia "The Jewel" Budd (4-2) of Port Moody, CA. notched her second Invicta FC victory by scoring a TKO on Danielle "The Honey Badger" West (4-4-1) of London, U.K. in the first round (2:32) of action.
Complete Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama Results: