On Friday night, Rodriguez won a close unanimous decision against DeAnna Bennett at Invicta FC 35 to avenge a March 2018 split-decision loss in their first fight.
More importantly, Rodriguez claimed the promotion’s four-woman flyweight tournament with the victory to secure a title shot vs. champion Vanessa Porto later this year.
“It’s an honor to fight with such a veteran, an awesome fighter in Vanessa Porto”, Rodriguez said following her victory at Memorial Hall in Kansas City. “So I’m very thankful for this opportunity, and I’m going to bring a war for all the fans.”
The full Invicta FC 35 card results:
Karina Rodriguez def. DeAnna Bennett via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – to win flyweight tournament final
Viviane Pereira def. Alesha Zappitella via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Kanako Murata def. Liana Pirosin via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:10
Lisa Spangler def. Katharina Lehner via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Kaitlin Young def. Faith McMah via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:52
Chelsea Chandler def. Brittney Victoria via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:58
Kelly D’Angelo def. Jillian DeCoursey via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Loma Lookboonmee def. Monique Adriane via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Genia Goodin def. Valerie Wong via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)