Susan Cingari speaks to UFC fighter Tonya “Triple Threat” Evinger this week on Must Love MMA. Evinger about overcoming her knee injury and why she’ll always be a champion.
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Evinger (19-7-1 NC) last fought Cris Cyborg at UFC 214 for the vacant women’s featherweight title. Coming off that loss she next faces Aspen Ladd at UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor. She opens up about Cyborg, what it’s like being a woman fighting in the UFC, the double-standard between the sexes, and why she doesn’t let politics distract her in the Octagon.
“It's all overrated to me. I just wanna feel good about myself and do the best I can on my own terms and the way I feel most comfortable. So, it doesn't really matter to me. I'm always fighting.”
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Thanks to Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal for taking the time to speak with me.
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MustLoveMMA.com host Susan Cingari spoke with Tonya "Triple Threat" Evinger ahead of her title fight against Irene Aldana at Invicta FC 13 in Las Vegas, NV. Evinger went on to win that fight, earning the Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion belt. She has since twice successfully defended her title, first against Pannie Kianzad at Invicta FC 14, then Colleen Schneider at Invicta FC 17.
Her nine-fight winning streak came to a dramatic end at #Invicta FC 20, when a controversial decision led to a submission (armbar) loss to Yana Kunitskaya. Following a successful appeal, the Missouri AC overturned the result. Evinger vs. Kunitskaya 2 went down at Invicta FC 22, when Evinger earned a submission win.
Since then she's switched to the UFC, where she unsuccessfully battled Cris Cyborg for the vacant featherweight belt.
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