Pannie Kianzad (8-3-0) lost by unanimous decision to former Strikeforce champ Sarah Kaufman (19-4-0, 1 NC) in the main event of last night’s Invicta FC 27 event.
The Arte Suave fighter has been out of action for almost exactly one year since her last Invicta bout against Hawaii native Raquel Pa’Aluhi (6-6-0), but showed no rust as she went toe-to-toe with the UFC veteran in exchanges on the feet and in the clinch, but it was not enough as the judges scored it 30-27, 30-27, and 30-27 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City.
“That was my goal tonight, is keep the pressure on, try to always land, try to always throw a combination,” Kaufman said. Pannie did show her athleticism and improved stand-up with her ability to land on the feet, but it was the veteran that took control at the closer distance and in the clinch.
This one goes the distance! Does @mmasarah take the decision? #InvictaFC27 pic.twitter.com/N2IJfHbsfe
— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) January 14, 2018
It is the third loss in a row for the Swede that hasn’t won since her Invicta debut in 2015. Kaufmann is now on a two fight winning streak since her exit from the UFC.