INVICTA FC 46 Main Event Preview: Rodriguez vs. Souza

March is Women’s History Month, so it’s only fitting that women mma is back in action this Wednesday night as INVICTA Fighting Championships (INVICTA FC) returns for its second card of 2022.

The flyweight championship on the line in the INVICTA FC 46 main event on Wednesday night

INVICTA FC 46 (Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on INVICTA FC YouTube Channel) will feature a six-fight card, highlighted by a battle for supremacy at 125 pounds. in the INVICTA FC 46 main event.

Incumbent champion Karina Rodriguez (9-4 MMA, 5-2 INVICTA FC) will defend her flyweight strap for the first time as she takes on challenger Ketlen Souza (11-3 MMA, INVICTA FC debut) at the of the INVICTA FC 46 main event this Wednesday night.

As with all championship fights in MMA, the INVICTA FC 46 main event will be a maximum of five rounds at five minutes per round.

MMA Teams verdict with INVICTA FC for Wednesday’s card

A universal storyline for all six INVICTA FC 46 fights on Wednesday night, not just the INVICTA FC 46 main event, is the promotion’s new partnership, as INVICTA FC has partnered with Verdict MMA to allow you, the viewer, to actively tag fights as they happen.

Revealing the news, the President and CEO of INVICTA FC Shannon Knapp says the following:

“I am thrilled that INVICTA FC is working with Verdict MMA. This is a great opportunity for our fans to score goals alongside our open scoring with the Kansas Athletic Commission.

INVICTA FC 46 Main Event Fighters Comparison

Bringing the spotlight back to the main event of INVICTA FC 46, incumbent champion Karina Rodriguez is the tallest contender as she is 5ft 7in tall, while Ketlen Souza counters with a 5ft 3in frame.

Additionally, Karina Rodriguez boasts a reach of 67 inches, with no such information accessible for Ketlen Souza before the INVICTA FC 46 main event on Wednesday night.

Karina Rodriguez set to make first flyweight championship defense in INVICTA FC 46 Main Event

Champion Karina Rodriguez enters the main event of INVICTA FC 46 on Wednesday night with a 3-2 record in her last five MMA appearances, most recently earning a unanimous decision victory over Daiana Torquato almost 10 months ago during the INVICTA on AXS TV main event, giving him the Fight of the Night award of the night in the process.

After his victory, the champion was interviewed by Megan Anderson on the AXS TV show.

“It’s an incredible moment,” Rodriguez began. “I’m very emotional right now, because I want this belt so badly, for me, for my teammates, for my coaches, for Mexico because we were waiting to bring the first INVICTA belt to our country, so I’m very happy, and I’m very grateful for this title fight.

Rodriguez hasn’t fought since that late spring night last year, and by the time the cage door closes Wednesday night for the main event of INVICTA FC 46, it will be over nine months and half since her last appearance, so a key because the champion and her trainers will have knocked out as much ring rust as possible in training camp.

Ketlen Souza is looking to build momentum from a three-game winning streak in the INVICTA FC 46 Main Event

In the other corner, Ketlen Souza, who has fought in three different weight classes throughout his MMA career, posted a 3-2 single record ahead of the main event of INVICTA FC 46 on Wednesday. evening and made his INVICTA FC debut on a three-fight winning streak.

Last time out, she earned a unanimous decision win over Gisele Moreira in SFT 28′s co-main event for that promotion’s then-vacant Women’s Bantamweight Championship.

The INVICTA FC 46 main event not only marks Souza’s debut in the promotion, but also his return to the flyweight division, as a slated comeback at 125 pounds. during SFT 31vs Karoline Martins last October was cleaned before the event took place for unspecified reasons.

For Souza to steal Karina Rodriguez’s momentum and strip her of the flyweight strap in the main event of INVICTA FC 46 on Wednesday night, she’ll need to land takedowns, as Rodriguez was mostly on the feet in her last fight against Torquato.

Analysis, film study and prediction

Stylistically, the INVICTA FC 46 main event looks to favor Karina Rodriguez, a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu who also has a balanced background, having already honed her skills in jiu-jitsu and boxing, over background. by Ketlen Souza as Luta. Book submission wrestler.

Look for Rodriguez to land knockdowns to stage a knockout

One aspect of Karina Rodriguez’s fighting game that stands out on film is her ability to score a knockdown to get the momentum into her column in a hurry, as seen in her first INVICTA FC fight against Barbara Acioly almost five years ago.

In the first minute of the opening stanza of the three-round fight, Karina Rodriguez scored with a vicious right hand punch to knock Acioly down.

From there she immediately got to work, landing on the ground and landing punches and struggled with it in order to earn top position, landing more punches on the ground and pounding to try and soften it for an eventual submission attempt, moving to a back clinch and scoring. another withdrawal to try to keep her guessing.

Rodriguez quickly moved from the back mount to the top mount and landed a final flurry of ground and pound shots on Acioly, forcing the referee to intervene.

If Karina Rodriguez is able to knock Ketlen Souza down just once with her right hand, this could be the opening she needs to earn an INVICTA FC 46 main event victory.

Ketlen Souza can’t get into a knockout loss

In the other corner, Ketlen Souza’s game plan could be undone if she puts herself in a vulnerable position and absorbs too many shots, like she did against Ariane Carnelossi in 2019 at Strawweight

During the third and final round, after Souza had nearly finished with a long punching combination in the first round, Carnelossi repeatedly landed strikes and had Souza on the ropes, giving him a precious little opportunity to strike. try to respond with his own keystrokes.

At the end of that final round, Carnelossi landed a body kick on Ketlen Souza, causing her to bend like an accordion due to the fire buildup, ending the fight.

If Souza takes a beating, the main event of INVICTA FC 46 is over.

Final Thoughts

Wednesday Night MMA is truly a rarity, so might as well check out INVICTA FC 46.

It’s the only match in town, after all – plus, it looks like an enticing fight in the INVICTA FC 46 main event.

Prediction: Karina Rodriguez by unanimous decision.


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