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Tonight (June 7th) is Invicta FC 35 from the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. The main event is a flyweight bout between prospective title contenders DeAnna Bennett and Karina Rodriguez, while former UFC fighter Viviane Pereira takes on Alesha Zappitella in an atomweight bout... although Pereira missed weight, so technically it’s a catchweight.

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The light heavyweight division, for years, was MMA’s marquee division. It’s where stars stacked up, where the biggest fights happened as we tacitly admitted as fans that the heavyweight division just wasn’t that good. After UFC Stockholm, part of your MMA brain wants to say “Hey, things are looking up!”. At the same time, you have to wonder if that’s the case at all.

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As a fighter going into enemy territory, you dream of silence; of deflecting the crowd energy meant to rattle you back toward them until they fall into stunned stillness. You dream of them standing, mouths agape, at some wizardry they never saw coming. For Anthony Smith, Saturday was a job well done. Smith walked into UFC Stockholm as a sizable underdog, overcame a few rough moments and stopped Alexander Gustafsson in the Swede’s hometown. When Gustafsson tapped to a rear naked choke on Smith’s right arm, the Ericsson Globe deflated. The invader had triumphed, the viking had been slain. It was equal parts thrilling and tragic.

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