Tonya Evinger

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Tonya Evinger
Born (1981-06-04) June 4, 1981 (age 37)
Odessa, Missouri
Other namesTriple Threat[1]
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
DivisionBantamweight
Featherweight
Reach67 in (170 cm)[1]
StyleBoxing, Wrestling
Fighting out ofHouston,Texas
TeamGracie Barra Champions
4 oz Fight Club[2]
Mixed martial arts record
Total27
Wins19
By knockout8
By submission7
By decision4
Losses7
By knockout2
By submission4
By decision1
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Tonya Evinger (born June 4, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist. She previously competed for EliteXC, Raging Wolf and Invicta Fighting Championships, and was the Invicta Bantamweight Champion. She is currently signed to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of October 31, 2018, she is #13 in official UFC women's bantamweight rankings.[3]

Early life[edit]

Evinger played football and wrestled while at Odessa High School in Odessa, Missouri.[4] She went on to wrestle and earn her degree at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri.[5] Evinger's younger twin brothers, Chris and Owen Evinger, are also professional mixed martial arts fighters.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Evinger faced Jennifer Tate at IFC: Warriors Challenge 21 on June 3, 2006 and lost via triangle choke in the second round.[6] The fight was the first women's bout ever sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission.[7]

She faced Brittany Pullen at FFF 1: Asian Invasion on February 17, 2007. She won the fight via a 16-second knockout in the first round.[8]

Evinger faced Shonie Plagman at X-1: Extreme Fighting 2 on March 17, 2007. She won the fight by knockout 10 seconds into the second round.[9]

She faced Ginele Marquez at Tuff-N-Uff 2 on April 14, 2007. She won the fight by rear naked choke submission in the third round.[10]

Evinger faced Vanessa Porto at FFF 2: Girls Night Out on July 14, 2007. She lost the fight by armbar submission in the first round.[11]

EliteXC[edit]

Evinger debuted for Elite XC against Gina Carano at EliteXC: Uprising on September 15, 2007. She lost the fight by rear-naked choke submission in the first round.[12]

She faced Julie Kedzie at ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series on January 25, 2007. She won the fight by rear-naked choke submission in the first round.[13]

Post-EliteXC[edit]

Evinger faced Alexis Davis at Raging Wolf 7: Mayhem In The Mist 3 on May 8, 2010 for the Raging Wolf Women's Flyweight Championship.[14] She lost the fight by rear-naked choke submission in the third round.[15]

Evinger faced Adrienna Jenkins in a number one contender's bout at Raging Wolf 8: Cage Supremacy on July 17, 2010.[16] She won the fight by TKO in the second round.[17]

On November 6, 2010, Evinger rematched Alexis Davis at Raging Wolf 10. She was defeated by submission due to a rear-naked choke in the first round.[18]

Evinger faced Sara McMann at Titan Fighting Championships 19 on July 29, 2011 in Kansas City, Kansas.[19] The fight served as the co-main event.[20] Evinger was defeated by unanimous decision.[21]

On September 23, 2011, Evinger stepped in on short notice to face Anita Rodriguez at XFL: Rumble on the River 5 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She defeated Rodriguez by submission due to a rear-naked choke in round one.[22]

Evinger defeated Lacie Jackson by knockout in the first round at Fight Me MMA on April 13, 2012.[23]

On November 10, 2012, Evinger made her flyweight debut against Carina Damm at Fight Hard MMA. She defeated Damm by split decision.[24]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In August 2013, it was announced that Evinger was one of the fighters selected to be on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate.[25] In the elimination fight to get into the TUF house, Evinger faced Raquel Pennington and lost via guillotine choke submission in the second round.

Invicta Fighting Championships[edit]

On December 7, 2013, Evinger faced Sarah D'Alelio at Invicta Fighting Championships 7.[26][27] She won the fight via unanimous decision.

After switching camps to Houston, Texas she joined team Gracie Barra Champions and 4 oz Fight Club, training her Boxing and Kickboxing with Aaron Pena (GBC) and MMA with Jeremy Mahon (4oz). Evinger next fought Ediane Gomes at Invicta Fighting Championships 8 on September 6, 2014. She won the fight via first round submission.

Evinger next fought Cindy Dandois at Invicta Fighting Championships 10 on December 5, 2014. She won the fight via second round submission, making her the front runner to fight for the vacant Invicta FC bantamweight title.[28]

Evinger next fought Irene Aldana for the vacant Invicta FC bantamweight title at Invicta Fighting Championships 13 on July 9, 2015. She dominated the fight from bell to bell, almost finishing the fight early with an arm bar. Evinger would go on to stop Aldana in the 4th round via TKO (punches), claiming the Invicta FC bantamweight title.

Evinger next fought undefeated prospect, Pannie Kianzad. This was originally set as a title defense but both Evinger and Kianzad were unable to make weight, both being fined a percentage of their purse and was changed to a five-round non-title fight. Evinger ended up dispatching Kianzad in the 2nd round by TKO due to punches.

Evinger next fought Colleen Schneider at Invicta Fighting Championships 17 on May 7, 2016. Evinger successfully defended her bantamweight title by unanimous decision. Following the fight, Evinger celebrated her victory by kissing interviewer Laura Sanko on the lips.

Evinger would lose her bantamweight championship in an upset defeat to Russian newcomer Yana Kunitskaya by armbar submission in the first round on November 18, 2016. The loss was controversial because the referee told her to move from a legal position which may have led directly to the submission. Evinger appealed her loss and on December 1, 2016 the loss was changed to a no contest, so Evinger retained her title.

Evinger faced Kunitskaya in a rematch in the main event of Invicta FC 22 on March 25, 2017. She won the fight by submission in the second round to retain her title.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On June 27, 2017, it was announced that Evinger had signed with the UFC and was set to face Cris Cyborg for the vacant UFC Women's Featherweight Championship at UFC 214.[29] She lost the fight by TKO in the third round.[30]

Evinger was scheduled to face Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros in Austin, Texas, Texas on February 18, 2018.[31] However, on January 9, 2018, she was forced to pull out fight, citing injury.[32]

Evinger was scheduled to face Ketlen Vieira on September 22, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 137.[33] However, on August 7, 2018, Vieira pulled out due to a knee injury.[34] In turn, Evinger was pulled from the card and scheduled to face Aspen Ladd two weeks later at UFC 229.[35] She lost the fight via TKO in the first round. [36]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 19–7 (1) Aspen Ladd TKO (punches) UFC 229 October 6, 2018 1 3:26 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Bantamweight.
Loss 19–6 (1) Cris Cyborg TKO (knees) UFC 214 July 29, 2017 3 1:56 Anaheim, California, United States For the vacant UFC Women's Featherweight Championship.
Win 19–5 (1) Yana Kunitskaya Submission (rear-naked choke) Invicta FC 22: Evinger vs. Kunitskaya II March 25, 2017 2 4:32 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Defended the Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship.
NC 18–5 (1) Yana Kunitskaya NC (overturned) Invicta FC 20: Evinger vs. Kunitskaya November 18, 2016 1 1:59 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Originally a submission (armbar) win for Kunitskaya. Overturned after Evinger successfully appealed the result. Retained the Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship.
Win 18–5 Colleen Schneider Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 17: Evinger vs. Schneider May 7, 2016 5 5:00 Costa Mesa, California, United States Defended the Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship.
Win 17–5 Pannie Kianzad TKO (punches) Invicta FC 14: Evinger vs. Kianzad September 12, 2015 2 3:34 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Non-title bout; Kianzad missed weight (136.7 lbs). Performance of the Night.
Win 16–5 Irene Aldana TKO (punches) Invicta FC 13: Cyborg vs. Van Duin July 9, 2015 4 4:38 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won the vacant Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship.
Win 15–5 Cindy Dandois Submission (armbar) Invicta FC 10: Waterson vs. Tiburcio December 5, 2014 2 1:23 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 14–5 Ediane Gomes Submission (armbar) Invicta FC 8: Waterson vs. Tamada September 6, 2014 1 3:31 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 13–5 Sarah D'Alelio Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith December 7, 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Return to Bantamweight.
Win 12–5 Carina Damm Decision (split) Fight Hard MMA November 10, 2012 3 5:00 St. Charles, Missouri, United States Flyweight debut.
Win 11–5 Lacie Jackson KO (punch) Fight Me MMA April 13, 2012 1 1:47 St. Charles, Missouri, United States
Win 10–5 Anita Rodriguez Submission (rear-naked choke) XFL: Rumble on the River 5 September 23, 2011 1 1:57 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 9–5 Sara McMann Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 19 July 29, 2011 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Catchweight (140 lbs) bout.
Loss 9–4 Alexis Davis Submission (rear-naked choke) RW 10: Mayhem in the Mist 5 October 6, 2010 1 1:25 Niagara Falls, New York, United States For the Raging Wolf Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 9–3 Adrienna Jenkins TKO (punches) RW 8: Cage Supremacy July 17, 2010 2 3:16 Salamanca, New York, United States
Loss 8–3 Alexis Davis Submission (rear-naked choke) RW 7: Mayhem in the Mist 3 May 8, 2010 3 1:47 Niagara Falls, New York, United States For the Raging Wolf Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 8–2 Sarah Schneider Decision (unanimous) True Fight Fans June 6, 2008 3 5:00 Missouri, United States
Win 7–2 Julie Kedzie Submission (rear-naked choke) ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series January 25, 2008 1 1:43 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Catchweight (140 lbs) bout.
Win 6–2 Katrine Alendal Submission (armbar) PFP: Ring of Fire December 9, 2007 1 N/A Manila, Philippines
Loss 5–2 Gina Carano Submission (rear-naked choke) EliteXC: Uprising September 15, 2007 1 2:53 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Catchweight (140 lbs) bout.
Loss 5–1 Vanessa Porto Submission (armbar) FFF 2: Girls Night Out July 14, 2007 1 2:14 Compton, California, United States
Win 5–0 Ginele Marquez Submission (rear-naked choke) Tuff-N-Uff 2 April 14, 2007 3 1:58 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 Shonie Plagmann KO (punch) X-1: Extreme Fighting 2 March 17, 2007 2 0:10 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 3–0 Angela Hayes TKO (punches) Kick Enterprises March 10, 2007 1 1:02 Ft. Myers, Florida, United States
Win 2–0 Brittany Pullen KO (punch) FFF 1: Asian Invasion February 17, 2007 1 0:16 Los Angeles, California, United States
win 1–0 Brittany Pullen KO (punches) IFC: Warriors Challenge 21 June 3, 2006 2 1:56 Tuolumne, California, United States

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–1 Raquel Pennington Submission (guillotine choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate September 4, 2013 2 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Preliminary bout.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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