Road to Invicta FC 2: Sarah D’Alelio vs. Vanessa Porto

Last night was all about UFC 149 but next week the MMA focus will be entirely on the ladies of Invicta FC 2. So far I have analyzed four out of the ten fights on the card which means after today’s breakdown we will be halfway to the action on July 28.

Originally, top ranked Brazilian bantamweight Vanessa Porto was scheduled to collide with the always dangerous Kelly Kobald. Due to an injury, Kobald has been replaced with an equally tough opponent in “The Monster” Sarah D’Alelio.

Sarah D’Alelio (MMA Record: 5-2, Invicta FC Record: 1-0)

Who she is: Coming off a dominant performance over Vanessa Mariscal at Invicta FC 1, D’Alelio lives up to her nickname “The Monster” with an aggressive fighting style and a bad ass Mohawk that makes Dan Hardy look like a four-year old girl. Mostly a ground fighter, D’Alelio has only lost to current Strikeforce champion Ronda Rousey and top ranked bantamweight/Invicta FC commentator Julie Kedzie.

Her strengths: Ground and pound, BJJ, “Money Boxing”

Her weaknesses: Her striking isn’t as sharp and technical as most in the division. Also, her aggressive style creates openings.

Keys to victory: D’Alelio will have to neutralize her opponent’s Jiu-Jitsu with ground and pound. As a BJJ black belt, Porto is much more advanced on the ground and could easily trump D’Alelio with a submission but if she is constantly getting pounded in the face it will be much more difficult to pull something off.

Vanessa Porto (MMA Record: 14-4, Invicta FC Record: 0-0)

Who she is: A top 10 ranked bantamweight, Porto hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil and has been competing in MMA professionally since 2005. A high level BJJ black belt, Porto has finished 10 opponents with some form of a submission out of her 14 total career victories. Most recently she displayed her knockout power with a 41 second KO victory over Luana Teixeira back in March.

Her strengths: BJJ, 7 years of MMA experience, crafty striking

Her weaknesses: Tends to get outpointed by better strikers

Keys to victory: Porto just needs to weather D’Alelio’s storm, avoid falling victim to her power and play a smarter more technical fight than her opponent. She has the higher Jiu-Jitsu pedigree and that should be her best path to victory.

The Final Verdict:

D’Alelio is a tough matchup for any bantamweight but taking a fight on short notice against a top ranked veteran usually doesn’t bode well for most fighters. Maybe “The Monster” proves me wrong but I see Porto imposing her will both in the standup department and on the ground. D’Alelio will give her a tough fight and rough her up a little bit but the experienced Brazilian will prevail in the end, most likely by way of submission.

Vanessa Porto def. Sarah D’Alelio via Submission Round 1

PHOTO CREDIT – INVICTA FC

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