Pearl Gonzalez is back in the win column.

Coming off of her first loss since joining the Invicta FC roster, Gonzalez (10-4) kept herself in the flyweight title mix with a convincing unanimous decision win over Brogan Sanchez (6-1) in the main event of Invicta FC 37 on Friday at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.

Vanessa Porto in the eye and Porto could not continue. Following her win over Sanchez, Gonzalez brought in a pair of young family members to share her post-fight interview with her.

The Gonzalez-Sanchez headliner materialized after the originally scheduled atomweight title main event between champion Jinh Yu Frey and Ashley Cummins fell through due to a Frey injury.

Gonzalez appeared to be a step ahead of Sanchez in all three rounds of their contest as she got the better of an opening scramble and spent much of the opening period in top position. Sanchez had some success with elbows in the clinch, but she was unable to sustain much offense.

This was the first loss for Sanchez in seven professional bouts.

The flyweight co-main event saw Mariya Agapova (8-1) win her second fight in as many appearances for Invicta as she dominated Marilia Santos (10-4) on the ground en route to a TKO stoppage via strikes at the 4:55 mark of round one.

Midway through the round, Santos was eager to turn this into a grappling contest and she pulled guard as the two were clinched up against the fence. That proved to be her downfall as Agapova never gave up position and turned up the ground-and-pound in the closing seconds to seal the win.

In her third fight of 2019, 20-year-old flyweight Kay Hansen improved to 6-3 as a pro by submitting Invicta newcomer Nicolle Caliari (4-2) in the third round.

In a scary moment, Shino VanHooseLindsey VanZandt (7-2) appeared to re-aggravate a left knee injury that put VanHoose (6-6) on the shelf earlier this year. Upon landing the fateful strike less than a minute into the fight, VanZandt immediately recognized what was happening and ceased attacking as the referee soon stepped in to wave off the bout.

After the result was read, VanHoose congratulated VanZandt in a show of sportsmanship before exiting the cage with assistance.

In other notable action, Hope Chase (2-1) made the most of her Invicta debut, quickly submitting Megan Cawley (0-2) with a rear-naked choke and capping off the victory with an energetic celebration.

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