On Friday 5th April, Invicta FC crown their first Flyweight champion. Long one of the most competitive and high profile divisions in the sport, pioneered by the likes of Rosi Sexton and Tara LaRosa, the 125lb weight class remains one of the most exciting and well developed in the women’s game.
Contesting this first Invicta belt are two top ranked competitors, twenty fight veteran Vanessa Porto (15-5) and on a roll Barb “Little Warrior” Honchak (7-2).
Submission specialist Porto’s career resume reads like a who’s who of Women’s MMA. While a 3-1 win to loss ratio isn’t the most apparently impressive, Porto has only lost to some of the very best fighters in the game, often giving up a fair amount of size in the process.
Those losses to Cristiane Santos, Carina Damm, Roxanne Modafferi, Amanda Nunes and Sarah D’Alelio are balanced by wins over the likes of Jennifer Maia, Hitomi Akano, Tonya Evinger and most recently a decision win over Tara LaRosa at Invicta FC 3.
Across the cage, Honchak has less than half as many professional fights but adds an 8-1 amateur record to her 7-2 pro stats.
Riding a six fight winning streak, Honchak has shown her durability by outlasting the likes of Aisling Daly and Felice Herrig while never being stopped either as a pro or an amateur. In fact, two of her three decision losses (including her amateur loss to Jessica Eye) were split, showing that she’s extremely hard to dominate.
Porto has the advantage in being younger, slightly taller and more experienced in a pro MMA setting, but Honchak has shown an ability to stifle an opponent’s submission game, so Porto’s #1 weapon might not present the advantage she might usually expect.
Looking to the precise science that is MMA Math for clues, the pair’s only common opponent is Roxanne Modafferi who holds a TKO win over Porto and a submission loss to Honchak.
Theoretically, that means MMA Math, as well as momentum and notional home advantage are with Honchak but as we all know, MMA Math isn’t worth the pixels it’s typed with.
With all that brought to mind, my prediction? A great fight and a worthy champion.
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