Tonight, Invicta runs it’s second all women MMA event out of Kansas City, Missouri with a headliner featuring Shayna Baszler taking on Sara McMann. The overall card has 14 bouts, and Invicta deserves credit for charging headlong into women’s MMA. The sportsbooks however, are not paying attention yet, as only a small handful have lines up for these fights, and even fewer had lines up with a decent lead up time, despite the fact that the Invicta card has been for several weeks. When betting picks up for the women, as it inevitably will, the astute bettor may find a lot of value there….
The bottom line is that there has been a lot of development in the 115, 125 and 135 lb weight classes for women. Should the UFC ever choose to embrace women’s weight classes, there is easily enough talent there to have 1 or 2 matches between women on every single UFC card.
So while Dana White and the UFC continue to miss the boat, a group like Invicta comes in and does the fights. The talent is there.
The main event features veteran Shanya Bazsler, who is 8-2 in her last 10 fights, taking on undefeated Sara McMann, who is 5-0 overall.
Baszler has had some standout performances in her career. Her 1 minute submission of Roxanne Modaferri a few years ago was a glimpse of what she is capable of when focused.
McMann however, has faced tough fighters and she has come out on top with a grinding physical style that is the best way to go at Baszler. If yo can find the action and McMann as an underdog, she is worth a few bucks on a bet.
The co-main event features Alexis Davis versus Hitomi Akano in another solid match up of veterans. Akano is a pretty serious competitor with a long list of top MMA competition under her belt, including taking ‘Cyborg’ Santos into the 3rd round despite thae fact that Santos was way over weight in the bout. Davis is a game opponent, but I look for Akano’s judo and takedown control to edge out the victory. If it turns into a boxing match, Davis should take it, but I give Akano credit for her experience – she won’t let that happen.
Overall, women’s MMA will be there, and the ladies who have already created a very competitive environment will continue to develop. Keeping up with the competition is an obligation for the MMA bettor!