Tonya Evinger Submits Yana Kunitskaya, Defends Bantamweight Title (Invicta FC 22 Results)

Tonya Evinger successfully defended her bantamweight title on Saturday night, defeating Yana Kunitskaya via submission at Invicta FC 22 in Kansas City, Mo.

Evinger locked on a rear-naked choke to retain the title, forcing her opponent to tap out at 4:32 of the second round.

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In the opening frame, Evinger forced the fight to the ground to earn the early advantage. However, she fought off an onslaught of submission attempts by Kunitskaya, angling out of a number of them before establishing top position. From there, she applied several punches to her downed opponent through the end of the round.

Evinger again brought the fight to the ground in the second round, but was forced to defend another submission attempt, this time a guillotine. After avoiding the sub, Evinger worked to gain her opponent’s back and cemented herself in that position. At that point, Kunitskaya did all she could to defend against the choke, but Evinger worked it in to force the tap late in the round.

With the win, Evinger improves to 19-5, 1 NC, while Kunitskaya drops to 9-3, 1 NC.

In the co-main event, Livia Renata Souza finished Ayaka Hamasaki in the opening round via strikes.

Souza, a former strawweight champion, blasted away at Hamasaki, the current atomweight champion, to set the pace early in the fight. In just 101 seconds, Souza picked up the technical knockout by landing a right hand that dropped her opponent, following that up with 10 consecutive strikes before the fight was called at 1:41 of Round 1.

Souza picked up the 10th win of her career with her victory over Hamasaki, who in defeat picks up only her second career loss.

Jodie Esquibel and DeAnna Bennett had a back-and-forth fight to the delight of the crowd. The result was a close one and ended up being a split decision. Esquibel walked away with the nod, picking up judges’ scores of 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28.

Other winners on the card included Ashley Cummins, Sunna Davidsdottir and Felicia Spencer, each picking up unanimous decisions, while Miranda Maverick stopped her opponent via armbar in the first round.

Full Invicta FC 22 Results:

Bantamweight Title: Tonya Evinger def. Yana Kunitskaya via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:32 of R2

Strawweight: Livia Renata Souza def. Ayaka Hamasaki via TKO (strikes) at 1:41 of R1

Strawweight: Jodie Esquibel def. DeAnna Bennett via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Atomweight: Ashley Cummins def. Amber Brown via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Strawweight: Sunna Davidsdottir def. Mallory Martin via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Strawweight: Miranda Maverick def. Kal Holliday via submission (armbar) at 3:01 of R1

Featherweight: Felicia Spencer def. Madison McElhaney via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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Luke Rockhold Predicts Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre Outcome

The return of former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre to the Octagon was announced by UFC president Dana White on March 1. His opponent was revealed as middleweight titleholder Michael Bisping. Bisping won the middleweight title by knocking out Luke Rockhold at UFC 199.

While Rockhold and Bisping are legitimate rivals who do not like each other, Rockhold still predicts that Bisping should defeat St-Pierre without much difficulty.

Michael Bisping vs Georges St-Pierre presser face-off“I think Bisping wins the fight,” Rockhold told UFC Tonight.

St.Pierre walked away from the sport after his ninth consecutive title defense against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. He’s the greatest welterweight champion in the promotion’s history and the organization’s biggest draw before the Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor era. 

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St-Pierre may have been able to dominate his division four years ago, but coming back in a weight class that he’s never competed in against the champion after a four-year absence is too much stacked against him, according to Rockhold. 

“I think it’s a bigger guy. Stylistically, it’s not going to work for (St-Pierre). He’s not going to be able to take him down and run around him like he has with other guys in the past,” said Rockhold. “He’s been out for a long time. Bisping’s the bigger guy. Bisping can scramble and probably out-box him, so I see Bisping winning the fight.”

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Invicta FC Champ Megan Anderson’s First Interview Since Cris Cyborg Vacated Belt

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Less than 24 hours after Cris “Cyborg” Justino vacated the Invicta FC featherweight title, interim champion Megan Anderson did an extensive interview, addressing Cyborg, her career, and much more.

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Joe Rogan Insists Conor McGregor Would Beat Floyd Mayweather in a Fight

When it comes down to brass tacks, UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan insists that Conor McGregor would easily win a fight with Floyd Mayweather.

Not a boxing match mind you, but a fight that isn’t limited to fisticuffs. 

As the prospect of a boxing match between the UFC champion and one of boxing’s legends grows ever more real, everyone is pontificating on the match-up, including Rogan.

Joe Rogan - Mayweather vs McGregor Fight Poster“In a boxing match, if you have $100 and you have to bet on someone, the odds are most certainly going to favor Floyd Mayweather because it’s a boxing match,” Rogan said during a recent Joe Rogan Experience podcast. “If it’s a fight, it would be 100 million to one that Conor McGregor would (expletive) him up.

“I’m not exaggerating. Of course, I’m exaggerating. No one would give you those kinds of odds, but it would definitely be something ridiculous if it was a fight. If it was a fight, an MMA fight, it would be 100 million to one.”

As unlikely as a boxing match between McGregor and Mayweather once seemed, an MMA fight is never going to happen. McGregor trains in boxing as part of his MMA workouts, gets to peal off the other distractions if a boxing match does happen, and has the confidence to step in the ring on Mayweather’s terms. The former world champion boxer doesn’t have the mindset to do the same in reverse.

As fun as it might be for Rogan to play “what if” when it comes to a fight, if this bout happens, it will be in a boxing ring under boxing rules not in a cage under MMA rules.

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“Mayweather is a much better boxer. There’s just no doubt about it,” said Rogan. “He’s one of the greatest boxers, if not the greatest boxer that’s ever lived. Even though he’s smaller, you’re talking about a completely different level of skill. A completely different understanding of the subtle nuances of boxing, but Conor McGregor is not incompetent. He’s very dangerous.”

McGregor, at worst, has a puncher’s chance, and maybe a bit more than that, but Mayweather has spent his life honing his craft as a boxer. McGregor may be the more dangerous man, particularly in a fight, but in a boxing match, Mayweather is the master.

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How Do Georges St-Pierre’s Rings Stack Up Against Conor McGregor’s Ab Blasters?

Georges St-Pierre is getting ready to return to the Octagon to challenge UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, but he’s starting to look more like “king of the rings” than “king of the cage.”

But then again, we couldn’t pull this off this core workout in our wildest dreams!

How does it stack up to Conor McGregor‘s core workout (scrub to 2:35 mark for the ab workout)?

 

Finally my coach Pat told me today that I slowly start to look like a gymnast… but I’m still terrible Have a great w-e everyone!

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LFA 7 Results & Highlights: Head Kick from Hell

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Check out highlights from Friday’s Legacy Fighting Alliance 7 in Houston, including a stunning submission in the main event and a head kick from hell.

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LFA 7: Sanchez vs. Mai Results

  • Roberto Sanchez (6-0) defeated Klayton Mai (8-3) via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:08 in round two.
  • Domingo Pilarte (7-1) defeated Adrian Yanez (5-2) via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).
  • Gilbert Urbina (5-0) defeated Noel Ligon (5-1) via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:01 in round one.
  • Nikolay Veretennikov (4-2) defeated Clovis Hancock (2-2) via KO (head kick) at 2:21 in round three.
  • Jason Langellliera (5-1) defeated Joshua Davila (7-8) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
  • Itzel Esquivel (2-0) defeated Brandi Narvaez (0-1) via submission (armbar) at 4:35 in round one.
  • Dulani Perry (3-0) defeated Leomana Martinez (1-1) via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28).

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Cris Cyborg Vacates Invicta FC Belt, Issues UFC Champion Ultimatum

Cris “Cyborg” Justino walked away from her Invicta FC featherweight title on Friday, and put UFC champion Germaine de Randamie on notice.

Cyborg defeated Marloes Coenen for the inaugural Invicta FC belt in 2013. Now, nearly four years later, the UFC has finally relented and begun developing the women’s 145-pound division, so Cyborg announced that she has vacated the Invicta belt. 

The move isn’t all that surprising, considering that Cyborg’s two most recent fights have been under the UFC banner. She hasn’t defended the Invicta title since January of 2016. 

Cris CyborgCyborg was in a unique situation in which she was signed to a UFC contract in hopes that there would one day be a showdown between her and former bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. All the while, she was allowed to fight for Invicta, as long as she wasn’t otherwise obligated to a UFC bout.

Now that a 145-pound women’s division exists in the UFC, there’s no turning back. UFC president Dana White publicly admitted that the promotion opened up the division specifically for Cyborg.

Although a stumbling block with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency precluded her from fighting in the UFC’s inaugural featherweight championship bout, Cyborg has been cleared of a potential anti-doping violation and is ready to fight. 

While Cyborg was dealing with health issues and USADA, de Randamie won a controversial decision over Holly Holm at UFC 208 in February to claim the belt. de Randamie and Holm have been calling for a rematch, but Cyborg isn’t going to let that happen without a fight. 

Upon vacating the Invicta FC belt, Cyborg immediately called out de Randamie.

“After her victory, GDR at 145 pounds, the UFC determined that she will be the No. 1 contender for my title belt,” Cyborg said, after making the case that she is the true 145-pound champion after years remaining undefeated. “I’m healthy now and I’m strong, and I really want to show my fans why I’m still 10 years undefeated at 145 pounds.”

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Though de Randamie said she had been dealing with a hand injury following UFC 208, she was still willing to give Holm a rematch. Cyborg took that into consideration, naming a target for her to fight de Randamie, which includes a little time for the Dutch fighter to heal.

“After my two fights in Brazil, I would like to fight in the USA. July 29, UFC will be in south California, and I would like to fight in my backyard in America in Anaheim, Calif.,” said Cyborg, all the while polishing a UFC belt.

“I hope your hand is healthy enough to accept my challenge.”

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Tonya Evinger: ‘I Don’t See Myself Being in Danger’ in Yana Kunitskaya Rematch

Last November Yana Kunitskaya shocked many when she was able to defeat Tonya Evinger for the Invicta FC bantamweight championship in just under two minutes by submission. But it didn’t last long.

Shortly after the fight, Evinger was able to appeal the outcome, which was soon upheld, ruling the bout a No Contest and giving her the Invicta title back. Now, four months later, Evinger is set to face Kunitskaya once more to settle their issues for good.

“I was trying to get on that last Invicta card (in January) and wanted to get it over with, but I don’t think Invicta ever planned on this happening, so it wasn’t able to happen on the last card,” Evinger told MMAWeekly.com. “To get it done and get it over with is great. I’m happy to be back in action and not sitting on the sidelines too long.”

Kunitskaya is understandable upset by what has happened since November, and has made no qualms in voicing her disapproval of how things turned out. Though annoyed by her opponent’s talk, Evinger is able to put aside personal feelings and view their rematch as just another fight.

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“They posted a video on (Kunitskaya) and I talking, and man, she has a mouth on her after I got my belt back,” said Evinger. “I’m definitely able to pull myself out of the fight and just fight and perform like I know how to.

“I don’t think any of this stuff – even with her running her mouth this time – has any effect on me. It makes me a little mad, but I’ve seen this in almost every camp. My opponent usually has a lot of stuff to say, and what she wants to do to me, so I’m used to this stuff.”

Tonya EvingerWhen Evinger (18-6) defends her Invicta title against Kunitskaya (9-2) in the 135-pound main event of Saturday’s show in Kansas City, Missouri, she says there won’t be any difference in how she approaches this bout than any other she’s had before.

“My style is the type that if you make something a little bit too hard, that’s fine, I’ll keep beating on you until you give me what I want,” Evinger said. “You see a lot of my fights go to the second round. I don’t try to overly push something and get in danger or make mistakes by doing something wrong. It’s the same way I always do.

“We were in there like two minutes (in the first fight), so there’s a lot to take in consideration for that amount of time. I definitely know she wasn’t as close to being as strong as me. I don’t really see myself being in danger unless I put myself in danger.”

With 11 years and nearly 30 fights to her credit, Evinger may tire of the process of preparing for fights, but enjoys where she’s at now, and doesn’t see any end to her career anytime soon.

“Every fight is always my last because I hate cutting weight,” said Evinger. “I tell myself every fight that this is it, to fight my ass off because this is it, but after each fight I feel like sign me up (for more).

“I’m in a great place in Invicta. I’m a world champion. I’ve got a nice winning streak. I fight for a promotion I have a lot of respect for. I’m in the right place. I’m not trying to overlook where I’m at. I just want to win and stay focused in reality.”

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