Brianna Van Buren was a woman possessed in Friday’s “Invicta FC: Phoenix Rising Series 1” one-night tournament.
The 28-year-old from Gilroy, Calif., was bold from the get-go in the eight-woman, single-elimination tournament, which crowned a new strawweight champion at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.
Along the way to claiming the title, Van Buren (10-2) scored the only finish of the quarterfinal round with an armbar of Manjit Kolekar, called out and defeated the tourney’s biggest name in the semifinals in Julianna Lima, then ended an inspired underdog in Kailin Curran via second-round submission to claim the championship.
Watch the tournament highlights in the video above to see Van Buren’s journey to the title.
“Invicta FC: Phoenix Rising Series 1” results:
Brianna Van Buren def. Kailin Curran via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:49 – strawweight tournament final
Magdalena Sormova def. Kay Hansen via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Kailin Curran def. Sharon Jacobson via unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9) – strawweight tournament semifinal
Brianna Van Buren def. Juliana Lima via unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9) – strawweight tournament semifinal
Alyssa Krahn def. Itzel Esquivel via split decision (9-10, 10-9, 10-9) – strawweight tournament reserve bout
Sharon Jacobson def. Amber Brown via unanimous decision (10-9, 10-9, 10-9) – strawweight tournament quarterfinal
Brianna Van Buren def. Manjit Kolekar via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:20 – strawweight tournament quarterfinal
Juliana Lima def. Danielle Taylor vs. split decision (9-10, 10-9, 10-9) – strawweight tournament quarterfinal
Kailin Curran def. Sunna Davidsdottir via split decision (10-9, 9-10, 10-9) – strawweight tournament quarterfinal
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Author: MMA Junkie Staff