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At 4:38 of the third round, Victoria’s Sarah Kaufman forced German Katharina Lehner to tap out Friday, May 5 in an MMA fight card that took place in Kansas, MO.
With the win Kaufman, who hails from Victoria, takes the Invicta FC bantamweight title at the fight card dubbed Invicta FC29.
It was the 32-year-old’s first ever submission victory.
Kaufman was far superior in striking. Lehner’s left eye was cut by an elbow in the third round while the two were up against the cage.
“I am honoured and humbled to work with so many knowledgeable and selfless individuals. Thank you. This belt is for all of you,” she said over social media.
Kaufman now sports a record of 20-4-0. Lehner, age 28, was undefeated, drops to 7-1-0. Kaufman has won half of her wins by KO, nine by decision and the one submission. MMArising.com ranks her #8 in the world and #4 according to Unified Women’s MMA Rankings.
The Claremont grad and former University of Victoria student entered the ring to the sounds of Michael Jackson’s Beat It – she is a former dancer.
Winter Olympian Kaillie Humphries was in her corner.
Kaufman nearly ended the fight twice during the second round.
The 32-year-old veteran fighter, who stands 5’5” and weighs in at 135 pounds fights out of Zugec Unlimited Martial Arts.
“Cris Cyborg is the only other Strikeforce and Invicta champion,” Kaufman said afterward. “Now, I’m the same thing.”