Rose Namajunas vs. Kathina Catron
The card kicks off with an underrated strawweight bout between Kathina Catron (2-1) and Rose Namajunas (1-0), girlfriend of Pat Barry. Both of Catron's wins have come by submission, but they both came against Amber Powell via rear-naked choke. The difference in this fight may be that Namajunas has solid striking, especially learning under Barry. She will win the standup exchanges before dropping Catron, earning a tapout on her dazed competitor.
Namajunas, Submission, Rd. 2
Jodie Esquibel vs. Alex Chambers
Australia's Alex Chambers (3-1) makes her Invicta debut against a product of Team Jackson in Jodie Esquibel. Overseas, Chambers put on some impressive performances, but faltered in her toughest fight against Japanese prospect Mizuki Inoue. Esquibel is going to be the smaller fighter, but she will come in with a solid game plan and refined skills. She should earn the decision here.
Esquibel, Unanimous Decision
Katja Kankaanpaa vs. Juliana Carneiro Lima
Undefeated international flyweights collide, as Finland's Katja Kankaanpaa (7-0-1) meets Julia Carneiro Lima (5-0) with a first career loss on the line. Kankaanpaa is a proven contender, as she has defeated notables Aisling Daly, Mei Yamaguchi and Karla Benitez while showcasing solid all-around skills. Lima has spent her entire career in Brazil, but has beaten some tough girls including Kinberly Novaes. This will be an interesting bout, but the more experienced Finn will earn the judge's approval.
Kankaanpaa, Unanimous Decision
Jessamyn Duke vs. Miriam Nakamoto
Two young guns in the bantamweight division collide, when Jessamyn Duke (2-0) and Miriam Nakamoto (1-0) throw down. Duke is a unique physical specimen, possessing a 5'11" frame and long limbs to keep her opponents at bay. Nakamoto is the unknown commodity here, but is noted for her standup skills. Duke is too big and promising to bet against here, however.
Duke, Submission, Rd. 2
Cassie Rodish vs. Simona Soukupova
The lightest of weights is on display here, as UK striker Simona Soukupova (3-2-1) steps up on late notice to scrap with Cassie Rodish (4-3). Soukupova is known for her striking, as displayed in her fight against Felice Herrig and her two career knockouts. After starting out 0-3 as a pro, Rodish has won four straight, including her most recent win over Stephanie Frausto. She should do enough to win a thriller by decision.
Rodish, Unanimous Decision