Laura Fontoura becomes first strawweight champion, Dakota Ditcheva and Melissa Croden with impressive finishes at Pallas Athena WFC 1

The inaugural event for Pallas Athena WFC is in the books.

Pallas Athena WFC 1 took place last night in Calgary, Alta. and featured six bouts on the all-female card.

In the main event, jiu-jitsu ace Laura Fontoura (now 7-0) weathered an early storm from Andy Nguyen (now 6-10) and locked in a nasty arm bar in the fourth round to remain undefeated and become the Pallas Athena WFC strawweight champion at just 21 years old.

In the co-main event, highly-touted United Kingdom prospect Dakota Ditcheva (now 4-0) dominated Simone Da Silva for the entirety of their bout, eventually finishing the fight with ground and pound in the second round.

Ditcheva was initially scheduled to face Tanya Nijjar, but after she was forced out of action Da Silva stepped to the plate on short notice, which is a change Ditcheva said she’s become accustomed to.

“I’m kind of used to the last minute opponent changes. I always get a lot of that a week before the fight, ‘oh your girl has pulled out.’ I’m always prepared for it anyway, but I’m just one of them fighters that trains everything,” said Ditcheva in her in-cage interview.

“I never focus too much on one person because from fight to fight the styles can change. As long as I’ve worked my game all around I’m always ready to fight anyone.”

Ditcheva remains undefeated with the victory, both as a professional and amateur, and has yet to have a fight go to the judges in her professional career.

In one of two all-Canadian matchups on the card, Melissa Croden (now 3-1) put her jiu-jitsu game on display, submitting Jackie MacLean (now 1-1) in the first round with a tight rear-naked choke.

Croden was coming off her first loss in MMA, professional and amateur, coming into this contest and said she put herself through a tough camp to get back to the fighter she knows she can be.

“The ironic part is I went a little bit backwards to find my roots in how I was raised as a fighter by my coach,” said Croden in her in-cage interview.

“I kind of dragged all my teammates and myself through hell to try and get myself back to where I was so I can be an example to the people I love in my life. It’s been a lot of soul-searching and soul work that I had to do.”

In other action on the card, Alana Cook, Maria Djukic and Manuela Marconetto all emerged victorious in their respective bouts.