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Invicta FC 48 Main Event Breakdown: Tennant vs. Rubin

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The Wednesday after the MLB All-Star Game is ordinarily the single evening on the calendar every year where no major sporting events are held, but that won’t be the case again here in 2022, as MMA promotion Invicta Fighting Championships (Invicta FC) holds Invicta FC 48 and the Invicta FC 48 main event.

Barring any further unforeseen changes to the card between now and Wednesday, the promotion will hold seven fights as it returns to linear television on digital cable network AXS TV at 9 pm ET/ 6 pm PT from Denver.

As is now customary, Invicta FC 48 and the Invicta FC 48 main event will be live-streamed over the promotion’s YouTube channel alongside the telecast on AXS TV.

Bantamweight Championship At Stake This Wednesday in Invicta FC 48 Main Event

The Invicta FC 48 main event will see the Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship up for the taking as incumbent titleholder Taneisha Tennant (4-1 MMA, 3-0 Invicta FC) battles challenger Olga Rubin (7-2 MMA, Invicta FC debut.)

As with all MMA championship main events, Wednesday night’s headliner will be an advertised maximum of five rounds at five minutes per round to close the show.

Invicta FC 48 Main Event Fighter Comparison

Heading into the main event on Wednesday night, the debuting Olga Rubin is the taller combatant, standing 5-foot-9, compared to the 5-foot-7 frame of champion Taneisha Tennant.

What Tennant lacks in height, she makes up for in reach, as she owns a three-inch advantage in that category (72 inches to 69 inches) over Rubin ahead of this championship fight.

Taneisha Tennant In the Movies with Halle Berry Picture Bruised

Champion Taneisha Tennant enters the Invicta FC 48 main event on Wednesday night having gone 4-1 thus far in her professional MMA career (not counting the exhibition fights she won in March of 2020 during the Invicta FC Phoenix Series.)

Last time out, she defeated Lisa Verzosa (unanimous decision) in August of 2021 to become the new champion.

The Invicta FC 48 main event will be Tennant’s first defense as champion, as well as her first MMA fight in nearly 11 months, but she’s been busy in another avenue in recent times: Feature-length motion pictures.

Last year, Tennant appeared in the Netflix original movie Bruised starring and directed by Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry in flashbacks as a former opponent of Berry’s character, Jackie Justice.

It was Tennant’s first role as an actress, and upon the picture’s release on the subscription-based streaming platform, she talked with Bloody Elbow about how she became involved with the film.

“I got a call from Halle Berry but I couldn’t pick up the phone at the time, so when I called her back, it went straight to voicemail.” Tennant said. “After that I went to Florida for vacation and a friend of mine from Renzo Gracie’s Academy in New York City– I believe this is how Halle Berry first knew of me, from training. I believe it was Rob, his name is Rob– he’s a coach at Renzo Gracie’s– Halle Berry was looking for a particular kind of look and fighter. And he gave her my name.”

Upon a trip to New York, Tennant was cast in the feature.

Now that she’s had her closeup and her name in pictures, the time has come for Taneisha Tennant to return to the real fights, and it begins here with the Invicta FC 48 main event on Wednesday.

Former Bellator Title Challenger Olga Rubin Returns To Major MMA With Invicta FC 48 Main Event

In the other corner, Olga Rubin has gone 3-2 in her last fights, seeing a two-fight losing streak snapped last time out via split decision in November of last year during Oktagon Prime 4 versus Priscila de Souza.

This was Rubin’s first fight since leaving Bellator MMA two and a half years ago in the wake of her defeat at the hands of Sinead Kavanagh during the Bellator 234 undercard.

Prior to that particular contest, she’d challenged Julia Budd on July 12, 2019, for the Bellator MMA World Featherweight Championship and sustained a first-round knockout due to a body kick and punches.

She’s had a taste of major MMA before and has challenged for a belt, but now Olga Rubin is back in the spotlight.

This time around, will the aftertaste be sweet or unsavory for the challenger in the Invicta FC 48 main event?

Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction

Stylistically, the Invicta FC 48 main event seems to favor Taneisha Tennant, who bases her fight game off of Muay-Thai, compared to Olga Rubin, a striker.

Thus, it stands to reason that we’re looking at a stand-up battle on Wednesday night.

Taneisha Tennant Can Be Brutal With Armbars

Although Taneisha Tennant is a Muay-Thai fighter, she has been known to score the submission during her career, as she did during an amateur contest against Jada Alcea in 2017.

During the second round of a scheduled three, with Tennant already having attempted to lock in an armbar on Alcea late in the previous round before the clock expired on her, she immediately took Alcea down and established the full mount position.

With more time on the second-round clock to work on the submission, it was only a matter of time before Tennant was able to lock it in, jettisoning a kimura attempt to return to the armbar, rolling Alcea over and applying the torque to get her to tap out slightly over a minute into round two.

If Taneisha Tennant is able to drive Olga Rubin to the mat and take full mount, it’ll be her world in the Invicta FC 48 main event.

She can control the fight from the mount and maybe score another armbar.

Look For Olga Rubin to Punch in Bunches

In the other corner, Olga Rubin can fire off punches with regularity, as she did against the aforementioned de Souza in her last fight.

During the second round, with de Souza having driven Rubin to the mat at the beginning of the period, the latter fought back after absorbing some ground and pound shots from the bottom position, getting back to her feet, throwing feints and attempting kicks to de Souza’s head, eventually getting to the clinch

From there, she landed a series of punches to the head before executing a leg trip to drive Priscila de Souza to the ground and land a slew of ground and pound shots from the back mount, with the referee nearly waving off the bout in the process.

This performance in the second round played a huge role in Olga Rubin winning the fight on the scorecards after three rounds.

If Olga Rubin is able to land a series of punches against Taneisha Tennant on Wednesday night, the Invicta FC 48 main event will be hers for the taking.

Final Thoughts

With Invicta FC 48 being the only major sporting event originating from the United States on Wednesday, the promotion is really taking advantage of the opportunity it’s been presented with by booking this fight as the main event.

Given that a championship is at stake here, you, the viewer, have no reason to miss the Invicta FC 48 main event.

Prediction: Olga Rubin by Unanimous Decision.

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