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Invicta FC 42 results: Alesha Zappitella submits Ashley Cummins, claims atomweight belt

Not only was Thursday night Alesha Zappitella’s night of destiny, but she created a little bit of history along the way, too.

Zappitella (8-2) and veteran Ashley Cummins squared off in an entertaining scrap for the vacant atomweight belt in the main event of Invicta FC 42 in Kansas City, Kan.

The back-and-forth fight went into the championship rounds before Zappitella brought home the gold. She submitted Cummins (7-6) at the 1:20 mark of the fourth round with a Von Flue choke to become 105-pound champion — the first Von Flue finish in Invicta history.

“Honestly everything feels so surreal, this is a fight I’ve been asking for this fight for so long, and it’s here,” Zappitella said after the fight.

Cummins is as synonymous with Invicta as any fighter: She’s been with the company since Invicta FC 1, and was competing in her 10th bout in the promotion. She came out looking like a woman on a mission over the first two rounds, absolutely rocking Zappitella with a shot in the first and generally being the more active fighter.

I felt like Ashley was going to want this so bad, she was going to come out guns blazing and I thought I’d have to feel it out,” Zappitella said.

Indeed, by the third, Zappitella seemed to have things figured out. She has a strong ground game, and she used a low single to score a smooth takedown early in the third, then landed heavy elbows from top position. It was a precursor to the fourth round, and this time, she finished the job.

With her second career submission win, Zappitella has won three in a row. Cummins has lost two straight bouts, both matchups for the vacant Invicta atomweight title.

Complete Invicta FC 42 results:

  •  Alesha Zappitella def. Ashley Cummins via submission (Von Flue choke) — Round 4, 1:20 (wins vacant Invicta FC atomweight title)
  • Lisa Verzosa (134.5) vs. Raquel Canuto (135.6)
  • Jessica Delboni def. Herica Tiburcio via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Victoria Leonardo def. Liz Tracy via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Helen Peralta def. Jennifer Chieng via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
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