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Vanessa
Porto
’s move to Bellator
MMA
opened the door for those behind her in the
Invicta Fighting Championships
pecking order at 125 pounds.

Karina
Rodriguez
and Daiana
Torquato
will face one another for the vacant flyweight title
and the right to fill Porto’s shoes in the
Invicta 44
main event on Friday at the Police Athletic League
in Kansas City, Kansas. Operating out of the Lobo Gym camp in her
native Mexico, Rodriguez has posted five wins across her past seven
outings. She last appeared at Invicta 38, where she dropped a
unanimous decision to the aforementioned Porto on Nov. 1, 2019.
Torquato, meanwhile, enters the cage on the strength of an
eight-fight winning streak. She last competed at a Respect MMA
event in October, when she eked out a split decision over Sarah
Frota
.

As Rodriguez and Torquato make their final preparations, a look at
some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:

35: Years of age for Rodriguez, who was born on
Aug. 28, 1985 in Puebla, Mexico.

53: Combined victories between the four women who
have defeated Rodriguez: Porto, DeAnna
Bennett
, Poliana
Botelho
and Alexa
Grasso
. They own a cumulative record of 53-23-1, which equates
to a .689 winning percentage.

77: Seconds needed for Rodriguez to put away
Vydalia
Ramos
with punches at Xtreme Kombat 23 on May 31, 2014. Having
occurred in her fourth professional appearance, it remains the
fastest finish of her 12-fight career.

4: Rodriguez wins by knockout or technical
knockout, accounting for 50% of her career total (eight). Her list
of victims: Ramos, Barbara
Acioly
, Jaclyn Sanchez and Gabriela
Garcia
. Rodriguez owns four other wins by decision.

30: Years of age for Torquato, who was born in
Itapema, Brazil, on Nov. 17, 1990.

.680: Cumulative winning percentage between the
three women—Ariane
Lipski
, Mayerlin
Rivas
and Caroline
Correia
—who have beaten Torquato. They hold a combined record
of 17-8.

2,196: Days since Torquato last tasted defeat. She
has rattled off eight straight victories since she wound up on the
wrong side of a split decision against Correia at a Noxii Combat
show on May 17, 2015.

2: Submission wins on the Torquato resume,
accounting for 20% of her career total (10). She dispatched
Chayani
Mendes
with an armbar 3:16 into the first round of their
October 2013 encounter and disposed of Marta Souza
with a rear-naked choke 3:04 into the second round of their June
2019 pairing.


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