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Upsets, Beatdowns, and Sideways Glances: the Stories of Invicta FC 5


Obligatory.            PicProps: Patrick Walters, CP OG

Invicta FC put on its fifth event last night, closing out a very successful first year for the promotion.  A thirteen-fight card at Kansas City’s Ameristar Casino highlighted Invicta’s swelling roster of talented fighters and solidified the promotions reputation for delivering entertaining MMA bouts.  The show featured debuts of three champs from Strikeforce and Bellator, plus a pair of Invicta championship matchups.  And it fucking rocked.

The card started with a pair of quick submissions, including CagePotato’s own Rose Namajunas, who set the internet on fire with a twelve second flying armbar victory.  According to initial reports, that is the 5th fastest victory in MMA history, and fastest in the women’s division.  Namajunas was understandably jubilant in her win, saying later that she would like all of her fights to be of the blink-and-you-missed-it variety.  She also pointed out that she was still a prospect just starting out at 2-0, and that title talks could wait until she gained more experience.

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Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson — iPPV Stream and Open Discussion Thread

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Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson kicks off today at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT, featuring a horde of female talent including Jessica Penne, Michelle Waterson, Vanessa Porto, Cris Cyborg, Sarah Kaufman, Zoila Frausto Gurgel, Kaitlin Young, Julia Budd, Bec Hyatt, and last but not least, WMMA staredown queen Rose Namajunas. Rose will be kicking off the prelims rocking CagePotato’s familiar Devil’s Horns logo, so don’t be late — purchase your Internet pay-per-view ticket in the streaming player above and throw down your thoughts in the comments section throughout the night.

And one more thing: Our own Doug “ReX13″ Richardson has been allowed into the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City as a member of the media (LOL!), and he’ll be posting additional updates during the show on our twitter page, @cagepotatomma. Don’t miss it.

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Invicta FC 5 Videos: Rose Namujunas Fight Week Highlight Reel and Live Weigh-In Stream @ 6:30 p.m. ET


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Props to our pal Rose Namajunas and Sucker Punch Entertainment for sending us some behind-the-scenes footage of Thug’s fight-week activities in the days leading up to Invicta FC 5. You will see: Rose working pads with Trevor Wittman. Rose peeling potatoes while wearing the traditional head-wrap favored by grandmothers the world over. Rose on the phone, discussing mean-mugging strangers at the grocery store for the interview that she gave us two days ago. (Dude, I’m on the other end of that phone. Bloooooosh.) And so on. Check it out, and follow Rose on YouTube and Twitter!

After the jump: Rose, Cyborg, Karate Hottie, Jessica Penne, Bec Hyatt, and all the rest will be hitting the scales today for the Invicta FC 5 weigh-ins, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT.  Watch the action live in the player below…

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Interview: Rose Namajunas Discusses Thug Life, Pat Barry’s Charm, And Her Invicta FC 5 Fight This Friday


(“I think putting ourselves in dangerous situations makes our lives exciting.” / Photo courtesy of Denise Truscello @ WireImage via Getty)

By Ben Goldstein

With her fight against Kathina Catron leading off the Invicta FC 5 prelims this Friday, we called up CP’s favorite (and only!) sponsored fighter Rose Namajunas to get to know the woman a little better. So what did she have to say about pre-fight nerves, Pat Barry, and mean-mugging strangers at the grocery store? Read on and find out. And be sure to follow Rose on twitter @RoseNamajunas for more updates from her life.

CAGEPOTATO.COM: First of all, who gave you the nickname “Thug”?

Rose Namajunas: My neighborhood friends. When I was little, I was the only white girl, I was smaller than everyone else, and for some reason I just acted harder than everybody else — just fearless, you know? So they kind of dubbed me that because of the intimidating scowl I always had on my face. That’s what gave me that name.

I’ve noticed that scowl before your fights, and even in your weigh-ins. Do you have to get yourself into that Thug-mode — is it a separate persona — or are you that intense all the time?

That’s just one aspect of my personality. I have a playful, fun-loving side, and I also have a very sensitive and emotional side to my personality. But it’s definitely one of the main things that most strangers will pick off of me from a first impression, that I really come off as this intimidating type of person. Like I said, it’s just one aspect of my personality, but I’m always practicing a staredown with strangers. Even going to the grocery store, I might mean-mug somebody just to see if I get a weird feeling from them. It’s practice. And I think that’s one thing that fighters don’t really practice that much, is their intimidation and their mind games, and the intimidating looks that you can give to people. It really can win or lose you the fight if you have that down. Mike Tyson was phenomenal at that game, of intimidating his opponents — he won the fight before it even started.

Has a stranger ever tried to fight you because you were looking at them funny in the grocery store?

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Not to Brag, But CagePotato Is ALL UP IN Rose Namajunas’s Banner for Invicta FC 5


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This is not an April Fool’s Day joke: CagePotato.com will be sponsoring undefeated strawweight Rose Namajunas for her Invicta FC 5 fight against Kathina Catron, this Friday at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, and we’re very, very psyched about it. Check out this first-look at Rose’s sponsor banner, which features our logo in big-ass fashion; she’ll also be sporting it on her gear during the fight.

If you’re not familiar with “Thug Rose“— or only know her as Pat Barry’s abusive girlfriend — stay tuned, because we have some fun interviews and videos coming soon that will help you get to know her a lot better before she kicks off the Invicta 5 IPPV at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT this Friday on Ustream. (Just $9.95, kids! Pre-order now!) In the meantime, follow us after the jump for the most horrifying Harlem Shake video ever recorded, starring you know who. And if you really want to help us out, please follow these folks on twitter: @RoseNamajunas @HypeOrDie @SuckerPunchEnt @BrianButler_Au

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Pat Barry Gets UFC 161 Bout Booked, Celebrates By Dancing In The Snow, Shirtless, With Girlfriend, Who Is Also Shirtless

MMA Junkie is reporting that heavyweight sluggers Pat Barry and Shawn Jordan are booked against one another for June 15th’s UFC 161. Both men got back in the win column in their last fights with nasty stoppages over Shane Del Rosario and Mike Russow, respectively.

The two share an opponent in Lavar Johnson, the last man to beat Barry (by first round TKO at UFC on FOX 3) and the same that Jordan was able to submit with a second round keylock back at Strikeforce Challengers 18. Undaunted by this fact, Barry and his girlfriend, fighter Rose “The Riveter” Namajunas, took to the streets of Milwaukee to celebrate the booking with their own Harlem Shake video while Dave Begel quietly masturbated off camera. Yeah, yeah, we know – Harlem Shake videos are so, over.

Well, the stocky Barry acting a fool in his underwear never goes out of style, especially now that he’s bringing his girl in on the action. After the jump, more videos of the couple acting goofy.

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Classic Footage: Pat Barry Storms Through His First Three Opponents, Needs Just Six Kicks to Do It


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In light of a brutal leg-kick domination at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine, this old clip from “Countdown to UFC 115″ seems especially relevant. UFC heavyweight Pat Barry‘s professional MMA career began in 2008 with three consecutive KO/TKO’s in the Midwestern regional promotion Combat USA — the first two by leg kicks, the other by head kick, all in the first round. As Barry describes it, “I threw six kicks, three fights…more money than I’ve ever made in my entire life.” Barry was quickly snatched up by the UFC, where he did the same damn thing to Dan Evensen at UFC 92.

Bonus video after the jump: Pat Barry totally hijacks an MMAFightCorner interview with his girlfriend Rose Namajunas. It must take a lot of patience to love that man.

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Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt — Complete Main Card Video, Prelim Insanity, Photos + More


(Complete Invicta FC 4 main card broadcast, courtesy of Invicta FC)

Saturday’s Invicta FC 4 event at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS, was supposed to be a significant step forward for the all-female promotion, as the main card was presented as an Internet pay-per-view for the first time. (Previously, Invicta’s events had been streamed online for free.) Unfortunately, the broadcast turned out to be a technical fiasco. Due to issues with payment processing and an uncooperative streaming partner, paying customers were unable to log on to watch the event. Even after the paywall was removed — and full refunds were offered to those who had already shelled out cash — the stream was still unreliable.

It was a worst-case-scenario for Invicta FC, whose budding fanbase might be wary of paying for similar broadcasts in the future. In a post-event interview with Ben Fowlkes at MMAJunkie, Invicta president Shannon Knapp seemed to acknowledge that securing a TV deal for her promotion has become more critical than ever, in the wake of their failed iPPV experiment.

As for the fights themselves? They certainly had their moments, although the main card was further cursed by a near-total lack of stoppages. In the headliner, former collegiate wrestler Carla Esparza and late-replacement Bec Hyatt waged war in Invicta’s first strawweight (115 pounds) title fight. Esparza’s relentless takedowns and top control helped her win all five rounds on the judges’ scorecards, but the colorful Aussie didn’t make it easy for her, stinging Esparza with her striking every time the women were on their feet.

The event’s official “Fight of the Night” award went to Alexis Davis and Shayna Baszler, who turned in a fantastic grappling battle that ended in the third round when Davis put Baszler to sleep with a rear-naked choke. It was the only bout on the main card that didn’t go to the scorecards. We suggest that you skip to the 2:02:59 mark of the video above to watch the fight — or just check out these two photos that tell the story pretty well by themselves…

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Fight of the Day: Rose Namajunas (aka Pat Barry’s Girlfriend) TKO’s Opponent in 33 Seconds


(Props: YouTube.com/RoseNamajunas via MiddleEasy. Pat Barry appearance begins at 0:24, and the fight starts at 1:23.)

Yes, there is a woman in the world who could love this man. Her name is Rose Namajunas, and she’s a straw-weight MMA fighter who upped her record to 4-0 on June 30th with a 33-second domination of Jen Aniano Rose at a King of the Cage event in Wisconsin. Check out the beatdown above, and get to know Rose a little better in the videos after the jump…

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