Mma | Mara Romero Borella Rallies For Split Verdict, Edges Milana Dudieva In Invicta 24 Main Event

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — MaraRomero Borella once again proved that it’s not how you start afight but how you finish it.

After a slow opening round that saw her trapped in a tightguillotine, Borella rallied and claimed the last two rounds to earna split decision — 30-27, 28-29, 29-28 — over MilanaDudieva in the Invicta Fighting Championships 24 flyweight main event onSaturday at the Scottish Rite Temple.

Borella (11-4) has now won three straight fights. The Italianfighter is 5-0 with one no-contest in her last six outings sincesuffering back-to-back-to-back in 2015.

Dudieva (11-6) got a takedown early in the opening round of herInvicta debut, maintained top control for most of the period andthreatened with a guillotine. However, Borella was able to fend offthe submission attempt and send the fight into a second round.There, Borella — also an Invicta debutante — snagged thetakedown, landed some ground-and-pound and controlled the roundwhile Dudieva sought to land upkicks and maintain her guard.

With the outcome of the fight seemingly in the balance going intothe final round, Borella got a much-needed takedown and moved toside control. However, Dudieva attempted a triangle before Borellaescaped and regained side control, eventually mounting Dudieva toseal the victory.

Dudieva, who went 1-2 in the Ultimate Fighting Championship , has now lost three straightfights and is just 3-5 in her last eight contests.

Cummins (5-4) landed strikes early in the first round, but Frey wasable to take the fight to the mat and land some ground-and-pound.Cummins got back to her feet, but Frey took her back down to regaincontrol of the fight. After Frey allowed Cummins to stand, the twofought in the clinch to end a close opening stanza.

Frey opened the second round with a takedown and had multipletakedowns in the frame, but Cummins threatened with submissionattempts from the bottom each time. However, Frey was able to keepCummins from fully locking one on and getting a submission win.Frey scored another takedown early in the final round and this timewas better able to defend Cummins’ submission attempts. In fact,she took her back and worked for a submission of her own. Cumminswas able to get back to guard but could not do anything moreagainst Frey’s smothering top game.

The victory is the fourth in her last five outings for Frey, whosuffered a doctor’s stoppage loss to AyakaHamasaki in the second round at Invicta 19 in September. TheMohler MMA representative is now 4-2 under the Invicta banner.

Cummins saw a run of two straight wins stopped with the loss; theWolves Den MMA fighter fell to 2-4 in her Invicta career.

Elsewhere, HelenaKolesnyk (5-1) may have been the fighter originally scheduledto compete for the Invicta featherweight title in the main event ofthe card, but it was late substitute PamSorenson (6-2) who shone in their featherweight contest,claiming a first-round submission victory over the Ukrainianprospect.

Sorenson took down Kolesnyk early on, advanced to mount and tappedher with an armbar at the 3:12 mark. A Minnesota native, Sorensonrecorded the first submission of her professional career and postedher fourth win in her last five outings.

Kolesnyk, who saw prospective opponents TonyaEvinger and MeganAnderson fall out due to their signing with the UFC, will haveto regroup following the loss in her Invicta debut.

In other action, KarinaRodriguez (5-2) wiped out previously unbeaten BarbaraAcioly (4-1), stopping the Brazilian just 2:14 into their125-pound matchup; MirandaMaverick (3-0) remained unbeaten with a unanimous decision –30-26, 29-28, 30-27 — over GabbyRomero in a flyweight contest; Sunna Rannveig Davidsdottir (3-0) counterstruck andground-and-pounded her way to a unanimous decision — 30-26, 30-27,30-27 — over Kelly D’Angelo in a 115-pound bout; and FeliciaSpencer (3-0) used her superior wrestling to take down andsubmit Amy Coleman (2-2) via rear-naked choke at 3:17 of the first round in thenight’s opening fight, a featherweight affair.

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