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Default Invicta FC 5 results: Michelle Waterson, Barb Honchak claim championship gold

From MMAFighting.com:
At the end of the third round Friday night, Jessica Penne looked well on her way to retaining her Invicta atomweight championship.

Penne and Waterson went back and forth over a well-contested opening two rounds before Penne dominated her opponent from bell to bell in a 10-8 third round and nearly finished her with an armbar.

Waterson, though, managed to hang on until the end of the round. Then the "Karate Hottie" stunned Penne in the fourth, making her tap to an armbar at the Ameristar Casino in Kansas City and claiming the crown. The victory capped an memorable Invicta FC 5 card which also featured the crowning of the first flyweight champion in company history in Barb Honchak.

"You just can't quit, even when you feel like you can't go on," said a sobbing Waterson (11-3) after the fight. "She almost got me in the third and I just told myself to keep going. She's a f------ awesome fighter and she has so much heart, so I want to take her for taking the fight and making my dreams come true."

Penne (10-2), who won the inaugural Invicta 105-pound title in October, got the edge in a tight close first round, dictating the tempo and fending off several submissions attempted by Waterson off her back.

By round two, it was clear the bout was becoming a back-and-forth tactical fight. In the second stanza, Waterson, a Jackson's MMA fighter, got the best of the scrambles and the positional battle on the ground, though she didn't come close to finishing the fight.

Round three was all Penne, as she came out firing, dropped Waterson early, and unleashed a furious ground-and-pound assault. Waterson managed to ride out the storm, and also somehow managed to escape a deep Penne armbar, though at one point Waterson appeared ready to tap.

The final round was back and forth right up until the moment Waterson (10-3) managed to move into position for the finishing armbar, which caused Penne to tap immediately at 2:31.

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