History was made on March 24 at Salt Lake City's Union Event Center, as Virna Jandiroba edged Mizuki Inoue via split-decision to capture Invicta FC's strawweight title. The fight wasn't as close as the scorecards made it out to be, though.
The Brazilian was the more aggressive, dominant submission ace throughout the five-round contest. She controlled the pace of the action from start to finish, making no mistake she's a top contender to keep an eye on in the months ahead.
With the win, she becomes the promotion's first 115-pound champ since Angela Hill -- who vacated the belt early last year after a call-up to the UFC. In the Invicta FC 28 co-main, Utah native DeAnna "Vitamin D" Bennett scored a much-needed victory in front of her hometown fans.
The "TUF" alum eked out a hotly-contested battle opposite surging flyweight prospect Karina Rodriguez. Bennett picked up the win via split-decision, improving her overall record to 9-3, with one draw. Elsewhere on the card, UFC vet Milana Dudieva returned to vintage form, delivering a TKO of Christina Marks. The finish came at the 3:57-mark of the second round.
Additionally, Pearl Gonzalez and Kal Schwartz reigned supreme in their respective strawweight contests. In atomweight action, Jillian DeCoursey and Minna Grusander won their fights.
Earlier in the show, Tracy Cortez took home a decision win over Utah favorite Kaytlin Neil, and Kerri Kenneson edged California star Chelsea Chandler in the lone bantamweight clash of the evening. See here for the full results from Invicta FC 28.
The next Invicta FC event has been announced for May 4 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. Invicta FC 29 is expected to be headlined with a 135-pound title fight pitting former UFC star Sarah Kaufman against Katharina Lehner.