Inoue vs Jandiroba Live Stream March 24, 2018
Invicta FC 28
The “Evil Princess” Janaisa Morandin was originally slated to fight Jandiroba for the Strawweight Championship, Inoue vs Jandiroba but she had to pull out due to a bad tooth infection. In her place, the young Japanese Mixed Martial Artist Mizuki Inoue has stepped in to fight Verna Jandiroba for the title.
The 23 year old Japanese fighter Inoue vs Jandiroba may not be on everyone’s radar, but what she has done in the sport so far is impressive. She began her pro career at just 16 years old. She went 5-1 in her first 6 fights, which included 5 submission wins. In her 7th professional fight, and at just 18 years old, she fought and beat current UFC Flyweight fighter “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings.
Then, at 20 years old, with a record of 8-2, she stepped into the Invicta FC cage for her first time to fight current UFC Strawweight stand-out Karolina Kowalkiewicz. She lost to Karolina by Split Decision. In her very next bout, she fought and lost to another current UFC prospect, Alexa Grasso. Inoue lost that fight by unanimous decision.
Since the loss to Grasso in February of 2015, Mizuki has gone 4-0. 2 of those victories took place in Deep, a Japanese based MMA organization. The other two took place within the Invicta Fighting Championships cage. Mizuki Inoue has won her last two fights by submission.
To recap, we are talking about a 23 year old fighter, who is currently 12-4, and who has already fought outstanding UFC fighters Bec Rawlins, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, and Alexa Grasso. Not mentioned before, she also fought UFC fighter Alex Chambers.
All fight fans understand how respectable the aforementioned are for a 23 year old Mixed Martial Artist. If you think Mizuki doesn’t belong in this title fight, you couldn’t be more wrong. The 23 year old Japanese prospect deserves this opportunity and she may just steal the show.
With the accolades of her opponent Inoue vs Jandiroba presented like they should be, it’s now time to look at the undefeated Brazilian, Virna Jandiroba. At 5’2, this fiery Brazilian is no joke inside the cage. She’s currently 12-0 with 10 of those wins coming via submission. Of the 10 submissions, she had 6 rear naked chokes, 1 triangle choke, and 3 arm-bar submissions. It’s fair to say, avoiding the ground is the best game-plan against this Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.
Jandiroba has been blazing through competition in her career thus far. With 7 first round submissions, she’s also a proven finisher. If she gets you to the ground, your chances for survival are slim.
Virna “Carcara” Jandiroba made her Invicta FC debut in December of 2017 against Amy Montenegro. She wrapped that fight up at the 2:50 mark with an arm-bar submission.
In that Invicta FC debut fight against Montenegro, Jandiroba was very impressive. In some cases, fighters that have such dominant Jiu-Jitsu are not great everywhere else. Sometimes a fighter will have great Jiu-Jitsu but struggle to get take-downs in MMA, or their stand-up is stiff and needs a lot of work. For Jandiroba, neither of those are the case.
Virna is very light on her feet, she has excellent movement, solid boxing, and good kicks. She’s also not hesitant, she will come forward and strike. In the fight with Amy, what impressed me most was her ability to setup the take-down. Montenegro was literally crouched down the entirety of the fight, just waiting to block a take-down attempt from Virna. Still, after using excessive movement and throwing a variety of strikes, Virna got the take-down she was looking for with ease.
Once on the ground, she sliced through Amy like butter. Her transition to full mount was beautiful and her transition to arm-bar was even better. Virna Jandiroba is for real. She’s a well rounded fighter with a lethal ground game.
Jandiroba vs Mizuki
I’m not going to pretend to know who the winner of this fight will be. Both fighters deserve to be competing for the title and both have very respectable resumes. Mizuki has faced the better competition and at such a young age, you can expect her to make drastic improvements each time she competes.
As for Jandiroba, she’s a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, she has an incredible submission ratio, and she’s undefeated. In addition, her Invicta FC debut summed up everything her resume reflects.
As always, Invicta Fighting Championships will deliver another great night of fights. Mizuki and Jandiroba will put on a show. Also, the rest of the card has plenty of great fights. More analysis on those coming this week from Combat Legend.
Invicta FC 28:
Mizuki Inoue v Virna Jandiroba TITLE FIGHT
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Minna Grusander v Fernanda Priscila
Kali Robbins v Pearl Gonzalez
Kalyn Schwartz v Kay Hansen
DeAnna Bennett v Karina Rodriguez
Kerri Kenneson v Chelsea Chandler
Jillian DeCoursey v Rebekah Levine
Tracy Cortez v Kaytlin Neil