The hype is real – Loma Lookboonmee has dominated in her professional MMA debut with Invicta Fighting Championships.
The 21-year-old from Buriram, Thailand put on a Muay Thai clinic against her American counterpart Melissa Wang, battering the AKA fighter over three rounds.
Wang immediately looked to take the fight to the mat, but Loma countered with knees and elbows in the clinch. The shots took their toll on Wang, who bled from her nose and left eye. The fight was paused twice by the referee after the Thai fighter landed knees while Wang was a downed fighter. Despite a point deduction, Loma swept the scorecards with the impressive performance.
Strawweight Mallory Martin gave Tiffany Masters a rude welcome to the Invicta FC cage, earning a second-round stoppage due to strikes. Martin pressed forward in the opening round, scoring with her left hook inside the pocket.
Masters countered with volume, but Martin took her down and rained elbows from the top. It was more of the same in round two as Martin mounted Masters along the fence and dropped heavy shots. The onslaught led the referee to intervene and give Martin the victory.
The main event of Invicta FC 27 saw the sucessful return of Sarah Kaufman, the former Strikeforce bantamweight champion, who bested Pannie Kianzad by decision.
Kaufman’s striking arsenal was on full display throughout the contest. She landed her right hand in the clinch throughout the bout, bloodying the nose of Kianzad early in the fight. Kianzad never backed down, firing spinning backfists and a variety of kicks. But Kaufman’s veteran savvy was too much, as she landed with more and more volume as the fight progressed. The Canadian swept the scorecards after three rounds.
Former flyweight title challenger Vanessa Porto continued her march back towards title contention, dispatching of her fellow Brazilian Mariana Morais in the first round. Porto landed heavy leg kicks as the fight begin, prompting Morais to shoot for a takedown.
Official Results: Invicta FC 27
Sarah Kaufman def. Pannie Kianzad
Vanessa Porto def. Mariana Morais
Submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:19 R1
Sharon Jacobson def. Ashley Nichols
Ashley Cummins def. Stephanie Alba
Brogan Walker-Sanchez def. Cheri Muraski
Felicia Spencer def. Akeela Al-Hameed
Mallory Martin def. Tiffany Masters
TKO (strikes) at 3:36 of R2
Loma Lookboonmee def. Mellissa Wang
Helen Peralta def. Jade Ripley
TKO (punches) at 2:22 of R1