Next up, one the brightest prospects in MMA Dakota Ditcheva (6-0) returns to the SmartCage after winning her promotional debut in only 56 seconds in August. Ditcheva will face fellow undefeated prospect Katherine Corogenes (3-0) who has finished all 3 of her pro bouts thus far. Corogenes presents a striker like Ditcheva with a very interesting stylistic matchup with her smothering jiu-jitsu and top pressure.
There’ll be no touch of gloves in this bout as the fighters rush the center of the SmartCage and press the action.
Ditcheva is wisely working her kicks early and using them to manage distance, but she makes an error and throws a naked low kick that Corogenes is able to counter with a heavy right.
They reset and Corogenes rushes in and gets caught with a clean check hook from Ditcheva. Corogenes initiates the clinch and they jockey for position before Ditcheva is able to secure the bodylock and establish a dominant position. Not one to settle for bad position, Corogenes pummels for a whizzer and flips position again. Corogones uses the whizzer to pull guard and get the fight to the ground where she is more comfortable but Ditcheva quickly betters her position and lands some ground and pound before disengaging and firing some low kicks from her feet.
Ditcheva decides not to dive back into Corogenes’ guard and gets the stand up from the referee. Ditcheva throws a high kick and Corogenes is able to catch it, but Ditcheva keeps her balance and hops back to the cage where the fighters work for the position. Ditcheva lands a couple of big knees in the clinch and has Corogenes hurt! She follows up with an overhand right followed by a low kick and puts Corogenes out cold with a right hand!
Dakota Ditcheva stays undefeated and flashes a bit of everything punctuated by a monstrous knockout!
Dakota Ditcheva def. Katherine Corogenes via KO (4:20 Round 1)