37-Year-Old UFC Featherweight 19-6-0, 1NC
January 9, 2018 Tonya Evinger News
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Evinger is dealing with an undisclosed injury and will pull out of her fight against Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 126 in February, MMAweekly.com reports.
Evinger's exact injury is still unclear, though she posted on her personal Twitter account that she's never had an injury this bad. For that reason, it's safe to assume that Evinger is looking at an extended absence despite the fact that she remains without a concrete timetable for a return. A replacement for Evinger has yet to be released, but with the fight scheduled for just over a month from now, an announcement will likely be made shortly.
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Fantasy AnalysisEvinger will look to get back on track after dropping her first fight under the UFC banner back in July -- a third-round TKO loss to Cris Cyborg at UFC 214 for the UFC Women's Featherweight Championship in which Evinger was a late addition to the card. The 36-year-old, who owns an overall record of 19-6 in professional fights (0-1 UFC), will face an opponent in Reneau who is 8-3-1 in her professional career and is looking to add to her three-match unbeaten streak, which includes two TKO wins and a draw.
Fantasy AnalysisEvinger is as game as any fighter in the sport, but she had no realistic chance of winning this one. To her credit, Evinger fought a smart fight. She waited for her spots offensively (there were few) and she handled Cyborg's combinations impressively before she was eventually overwhelmed by her opponent's power. Evinger is a unique personality and she deserves credit for lasting nearly 12 minutes against a stone-cold killer. Evinger fought this fight at featherweight, but she is a natural 135-pounder. She is talented enough to make an impact in the UFC women's bantamweight division.
Fantasy AnalysisAnderson announced her withdrawal for "personal reasons" Tuesday and Evinger was subsequently selected as her replacement in the title bout against Cyborg. The 36-year-old currently holds a 19-5 record and has recorded a finish in all but four of her 19 career wins. The current Invicta FC Batamweight Champion, Evinger will be making her first appearance under the UFC banner as a featherweight. She hasn't tasted true defeat since 2011, and will bring Cyborg one of her toughest tests to date in the Octagon.
Fantasy AnalysisEvinger, Invicta's bantamweight champion with a 19-5 record, will be moving up a weight class to take on the undefeated Helena Kolesnyk. The featherweight was set to face Megan Anderson for the title until Anderson joined the UFC to fight Cris Cyborg for their belt. Now, Evinger is taking advantage of the shift to join the featherweight division and take on the formidable Kolesnyk, whose victories all came from stoppage.
Fantasy AnalysisEvinger was beaten by Kunitskaya back in November 2016, but the fight was ultimately ruled a no-contest due to an error made by the referee, who forced Evinger to move from a legal position -- which likely lead to her submission. Now, the Invicta bantamweight division has an unquestioned champion again, as Evinger was able to hold off multiple early submission attempts from Kunitskaya en route to eventually finishing the fight in the second. Overall, it was an exciting, back-and-forth fight where Evinger warded off guillotine, heel hook and kneebar attempts. The tide started to turn for her towards the end of the first round, where Evinger was able to earn a positional advantage and began to pour on ground and pound. From there, she went into Round 2 in the driver's seat before eventually earning the submission. Evinger is now 7-0 (1 NC) under the Invicta banner.
Fantasy AnalysisAldana deserves credit for fighting despite having a bad case of the flu this week, but she had absolutely nothing for Evinger. The veteran was able to throw Aldana to the ground at will and she totally controlled the pace once the fight went to the mat. Aldana looked like a fighter who had no energy. Evinger has fought some of the bigger names in women's MMA (Gina Carano, Alexis Davis, Sara McMann), but this was the biggest win of her career. The downside is that she's already 34-years old and her upside is extremely limited. Evinger stated earlier in the week that she's quite happy in Invicta and that she has no desire to ever fight in the UFC.