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MMA prospect, Andrea “KGB” Lee, is looking to jump back into the saddle when she returns to the Invicta cage to take on Hawaii’s Rachael Ostovich, Sept. 12 at Invicta FC 14.
Lee’s fight with Ostovich is just seven days shy of her first-year anniversary as a professional MMA fighter. KGB entered the pro rankings with much hype and an amateur boxing and Muay Thai background. In September 2014, the Louisiana native finished Kim Colbert in 10 seconds. She signed with Invicta Fighting Championships and made her debut two months later, defeating Shannon Sinn via decision.
Lee suffered her first loss against veteran Roxanne “The Happy Warrior” Modafferi, via split-decision. While she had success on the feet, Modafferi’s takedowns and active top game earned her the win in the eyes of two judges. The loss against Modafferi isn’t something Lee should be ashamed of as she took on a tough and experienced opponent on a one-month notice.
Lee’s first loss isn’t anything new to competitors like her. Plenty of MMA greats have risen through the ranks with a blemish or two on her record. UFC title contender and former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate was knocked out in her second fight. Invicta featherweight champion Cris “Justino” Cyborg was submitted in her first professional fight. After a successful pro debut, flyweight champion Barb Honchak had back-to-back decision losses against Cat Zingano and Angela Magana. All three fighters were able to rebound from those early losses and continue onto successful careers.
Lee will have a good challenge against Ostovich, who has an identical 2-1 record. Ostovich made her Invicta debut in December, squeaking out a split-decision win over Evva Johnson. She had a 6-0 amateur record prior to her pro debut.
If Lee defeats Ostovich, not only will she stop the Hawaiian’s momentum, but she will also get back on the winning track. Honchack and No. 1 contender Vanessa Porto – who are set to meet each other in a rematch slated for December – sit at the top of Invicta’s 125 mountain, the time is right for competitors to break through and make a run for the top – especially since Invicta FC 14 features four flyweight fights.
A win over Ostovich may not earn the next shot at the title, but it gives her some momentum to challenge a top contender, including The Happy Warrior. If Lee vs. Modafferi II happens, it would be interesting to see how the prospect would fare in the second go-around with a full fight camp under her belt.