Faith Van Duin was stopped in the opening round of her bantamweight clash with Mexican Irene Aldana and will return back back to New Zealand with 25 percent less of her fight purse after failing to make the contracted weight ahead of the bout.
The bout took place on the Invicta Fighting Championships 19 card which held at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday morning Australian time. The event was broadcast live on UFC Fight Pass.
Van Duin started aggressively attacking with punches however 28-year-old Aldana started to find her combinations, pressing forward and landing against the cage. Back off the cage, Van Duin had success with her counter right however Aldana picked up the pace late in the round landing heavy punches against Van Duin who did little in trying to escape. The strikes became too much as Van Duin dropped to the canvas and Aldana was able to secure the TKO stoppage, three seconds from the end of the first round.
With the win, Aldana moved her professional record to 7-2 (Invicta 4-1), while Van Duin drops to 6-3 (Invicta 1-2).
The event was headlined by Jennifer Maia who captured the promotion’s women’s flyweight title with a split decision win over veteran fighter Roxanne Modafferi. In the co-main event, Japanese fighter Ayaka Hamasaki stopped Jinh Yu Frey to retain her Invicta atomweight title.