SBG Idaho Athlete and Coach, Shino VanHoose (6-5 MMA, 1-1 IFC), made her return to the Invicta FC Cage, Thursday, August 31st, and left with her first win with the promotion! VanHoose took on Alyse Anderson (3-1 MMA, 0-1 IFC) in an Atomweight (105 lb) bout. The fight begins with both women trading strikes, with VanHoose landing the cleaner, harder shots. Anderson clinches and presses VanHoose against the cage. VanHoose does a great job defending the takedown attempts with double underhooks. Anderson finally secures a takedown, but VanHoose is up immediately. Anderson shoots again and manages to secure another takedown, but is immediately snared in a VanHoose guillotine choke. Anderson frees herself from the choke, but makes no real attempt at offense from the guard and is stood up by the referee. The two women trade strikes again until Anderson takes Vanhoose down with a trip. Anderson looks to advance position, however VanHoose does a great job scrambling to her feet, and ends the round with a flurry of punches and knees that send Anderson reeling to the cage as the horn sounds!
Round 2 sees VanHoose opening up more with her striking, her right hand is connecting frequently to the head of Anderson. Anderson times a VanHoose knee and secures a trip takedown. VanHoose regains closed guard and starts landing elbows and palm strikes from her back, while neutralizing any offense from Anderson, who seems content to stay in closed guard without advancing. Strangely, the referee allows Anderson to spend the remainder of the round chest-to-chest, trapped in VanHoose’s closed guard, and making virtually no attempt to posture up to strike or pass guard.
VanHoose resumes her striking assault in round 3, causing Anderson to shoot immediately for another takedown, but VanHoose defends and beautifully reverses right to mount! Shino roughs her opponent up with punches and elbows from top, causing Anderson to give up her back. VanHoose attempts an armbar that fails and ends with her in closed guard. Shino does a great job defending and again Anderson makes no attempt to advance, prompting the referee to stand both women up. VanHoose picks apart the visibly tired Anderson with punches and kicks, causing Anderson to clinch VanHoose again. Vanhoose reverses the clinch but gives up an underhook allowing Anderson the opportunity to take VanHoose’s back. Vanhoose defends well and scrambles to top position, ending the round raining punches down in Anderson’s guard! It was an exciting back and forth contest with both women having their moments. In the end, Shino was awarded the split decision victory (28-29, 30-27, 29-28) by virtue of her superior striking and more aggressive grappling!
We’re incredibly proud of the work Shino has put in over the past few months and are excited to see that effort pay off with an exciting victory on the big stage! A huge thanks to all of Shino’s coaches, training partners, and every member of the SBG Idaho Tribe for their support!!!