Las Vegas – UFC® will return to Charlotte, N.C. with an action-packed event, headlined by a pivotal middleweight bout that will see No.4-ranked contender Jacare Souza rematch No.8-ranked and North Carolina native Derek BrunsonUFC FIGHT NIGHT®: JACARE vs. BRUNSON 2 takes place Saturday, January 27 at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center and will air live on FOX.

A former Strikeforce middleweight champion, Souza (24-5 1NC, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) became the first fighter to finish Brunson (18-5, fighting out of Wilmington, N.C.), delivering a spectacular knockout against the relative newcomer in 2012. Since then, the two have firmly established themselves amongst the UFC middleweight elite.

Though he most recently came up short against now interim champ Robert Whittaker, Souza has proven to be one of the top finishers in the stacked 185-pound division. During his time in the UFC, he’s impressively dispatched Tim Boetsch, Vitor Belfort, Gegard Mousasi and Yushin Okami. The decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt is hoping for a repeat performance against Brunson to thrust himself back into the title mix.

As for Brunson, the NCAA Division II wrestler recently cracked a two-fight skid with consecutive knockout victories against Dan Kelly and former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. Aiming for a measure of revenge, Brunson looks to continue his momentum by putting Souza to sleep with his trademark left hand.

In a showdown of light heavyweight contenders, No. 5-ranked Ovince Saint Preux aims for his fourth consecutive victory in the span of one year when he battles gritty No.9 Ilir Latifi.

Earning finishes in each of his last three tilts, Saint Preux’s (22-10, fighting out of Knoxville, Tenn.) two latest outings have seen him take home Performance of the Night honors—slapping his now-patented ‘Von Preux’ choke on Yushin Okami, before putting away Corey Anderson with a spectacular head kick. Standing in his way is tough grinder Latifi (14-5 1NC, fighting out of Malmo, Sweden), who recently handed Aussie standout Tyson Pedro the first loss of his career. A strong grappler with knockout power, The Sledgehammer plans to use Saint Preux as a stepping stone up the light heavyweight rankings.

Additional bouts on the card include:

· No.14-ranked strawweight contender Randa Markos (7-6, fighting out of Windsor, Ont., Canada) looks to return to the win column against tough striker Juliana Lima (9-4, fighting out of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil)
· In a clash of flyweight prospects, Katlyn Chookagian (9-1, fighting out of Kenilworth, N.J.) takes on Mara Romero Borella (12-4 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Ponte dell’Olio, Italy)
· Justine Kish (6-1, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.) aims to rebound from her first career loss when she faces Ji Yeon Kim (6-1-2, fighting out of Incheon, South Korea)

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live are subject to change.

Visit the UFC® Press Portal for information and content to support your UFC coverage.

will air live on FOX at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Saturday, January 27, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FS1 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: JACARE vs. BRUNSON 2 go on sale Friday, December 15 at 10 a.m. ET and are priced at $180, $125, $100, $85, $70, $60 and $50 USD (prices do not include applicable service charges or fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.spectrumcentercharlotte.comwww.ticketmaster.com , the Spectrum Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, December 13 at 10 a.m. ET via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, December 14 starting at 10 a.m. ET. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.


Chael Sonnen defeats Leo Vieira at ADCC 2017 #ADCC2017

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Chael Sonnen (Photo Credit: Bellator MMA)

Chael Sonnen Triumphs Over Leo Vieira at ADCC 2017

Espoo, Finland: At the second day of Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) 2017 Bellator light heavyweight Chael Sonnen emerged victorious in his fight against two-time ADCC 145lb champ Leo Vieira.

Vieira, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Romero Cavalcanti, was Sonnen’s third slated opponent, after Ricardo Liborio and then Frank Mir dropped out. Vieira stepped in at late notice against Sonnen despite being outweighed by more than 50lb.

Sonnen won by referee decision after no points were scored in 15 minutes.

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Bellator MMA Lineup is complete for “Brooks vs Jansen”

Updated “Bellator: Brooks vs. Jansen” lineup complete with 13 fights;

New contest pitting Jay Bogan against Justin Governale added


SANTA MONICA, Calif. (April 1, 2015) – The star-studded 13-bout lineup for “Bellator MMA: Brooks vs. Jansen” has been updated with the addition of a featherweight preliminary contest between  Jay Bogan (6-4) vs.  Justin Governale (3-2). In addition,  Chris Herrera (4-2) replaces  Ben Jones against  Luc Bondole (4-1-1).

“Bellator: Brooks vs. Jansen” takes place on Friday, April 10, at Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif. The night’s televised main card, featuring Bellator MMA Lightweight World Champion Will Brooks vs. top contender Dave Jansen, airs live on Spike TV (9 p.m. ET), while preliminary bouts stream live on Spike.com (7 p.m. ET).

 Tickets for “Bellator: Warren vs. Galvao,” which start at just $38, are already on sale at Bellator.com and Bren.UCI.edu.

 Bogan, will be making his Bellator MMA debut against Governale. The Fullerton, Calif., native has earned five of his six professional wins by way of submission and as recently as March 15 won his fourth consecutive bout.

 Governale, who fights out of Laguna Hills, Calif., has previously accrued three victories on the regional circuit and will now be making his first appearance under the Bellator MMA banner. The Subfighter MMA-product was last in action on Nov. 22.

 Herrera will step in on short notice to fight Bondole. “The Crusher” just defeated Bondole at Bellator 132 and looks to make it two in a row on April 10. Bondole is originally from Portland, Maine, but now makes his home in Huntington Beach, Calif., where he trains with Kings MMA.

“Bellator: Brooks vs. Jansen” – Friday, April 10, Bren Events Center, Irvine, Calif.

 Main Card (9 p.m. ET)

 Bellator Lightweight Title Fight: Champ Will Brooks (15-1) vs. Dave Jansen (20-2)

Bellator Middleweight Feature Fight: Joe Schilling (2-3) vs. Rafael Carvalho (10-1)

Bellator Lightweight Feature Fight: Marcin Held (20-3) vs. Alexander “Tiger” Sarnavskiy (30-2)

Bellator Heavyweight Feature Fight: Alexander Volkov (24-4) vs. Tony Johnson (8-2)

 Preliminary Card (7 p.m. ET)

 Bellator Flyweight Prelim Fight: Fabricio Guerreiro (20-3) vs. John Teixeira (17-1-2)

Bellator Lightweight Prelim Fight: Saad Awad (17-6) vs. Rob Sinclair (12-2)

Bellator Middleweight Prelim Fight: Joey Beltran (15-11) vs. Brian Rogers (11-7)

Bellator Featherweight Prelim Fight: Jay Bogan (6-4) vs. Justin Governale (3-2)

 Dark Bouts (Following Spike TV broadcast)

 Bellator Featherweight Prelim Fight: Marcos Bonilla (1-1) vs. A.J. McKee (0-0)

Bellator Flyweight Prelim Fight: Jonathan Santa Maria (3-0) vs. Steve Ramirez (0-1)

Bellator Middleweight Prelim Fight: Chris Herrera (4-2) vs. Luc Bondole (4-1-1)

Bellator Bantamweight Prelim Fight: Chad George (15-8) vs. Mark Vorgeas (5-2-1)

Bellator Catchweight (150 pounds) Prelim Fight: Cleber Luciano (10-5) vs. Aaron Miller (14-9)

About Bellator MMA

Bellator MMA is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 400 million homes worldwide in over 120 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike TV, the MMA television leader.  Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Santa Monica, California and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

 About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.
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Tonya Evinger On Her Upcoming Invicta FC 10 Fight with Cindy Dandois

The always dynamic and candid Tonya Evinger discusses how she is preparing for her upcoming fight with Cindy Dandois at Invicta FC 10 December 5th going down in Houston, Texas at Invicta FC 10.

Evinger says she is ready for this fight and is looking for an exciting finish against Dandois. She also talks about how she never takes any fight for granted and why she is always ready to fight anyone that’s up for the challenge.

She also responds to India Gomes calling her out, find out is she will give India a rematch and what she thinks about India as a fighter and a person.

Tonya also looks back at her loss against Gina Carano and tell us why she feels she would be victorious this time if she got a chance to fight her again.

Tonya has two twin younger brothers who practice MMA, what advice does she give them and do they listen to their older sister?

What is Tonya’s secret talent?.

Find out who she feels has been her toughest opponent so far in career and what has been her biggest fight challenge in the sport so far?

Also Tonya answers your fan questions.

You can follow Tonya Evinger @TonyaEvinger

And don’t forget to watch the fight this weekend December 5th on UFC Fight Pass.

You can follow Susan Cingari @SusanCingari
Also check out www.mustlovemma.com for more MMA stories.


Also here is the transcript of her interview:


SUSAN CINGARI: Susan Cingari here with Tonya Evinger who is facing Cindy Dandois on December 5th at the Area Theater in Houston, Texas at Invicta FC 10. According to the Unified Women’s MMA rankings, Tonya is the number 10 ranked 135 pound female MMA fighter. Congratulations on that ranking, Tonya. Thanks for joining me today. How are you

TONYA EVINGER:  I’m good. I’m good. Just got done training, so I’m a little tired. Getting through my training camp, and ready for this fight.

SUSAN CINGARI:  You’re less than a week away from training camp, so are you ready to fight them?

TONYA EVINGER: You know, I’ve been ready to fight since my last fight. I think that training camp was long enough to last the whole year (laughs). It’s the first time I actually had an 8 week training camp, so that’s a little long for me. I’ve been an athlete for so long, I like to have short, intense training camps, otherwise I get a little burnt out. I’m ready to go. I’ve been ready to go.

SUSAN CINGARI: Good for you. You have a four inch reach advantage over Cindy. Will you look to keep the fight standing then

TONYA EVINGER:  You know what? I think that I win this fight no matter where we go. I think I’m a lot better than what I’m ranked. It doesn’t matter who I fight, I always get them comments from the same people. “If you beat this girl, I’ll consider you top 10.” Well, that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. I don’t understand why I have to keep proving myself, when I’m the one that’s been here doing this for 10 years. I just think that it doesn’t even matter. I’m always going to be the underdog in every single fight. I just come out and as long as I’m in shape, I just fight. I think I win.

SUSAN CINGARI: What can fans expect to see when they tune into the fight?

TONYA EVINGER: For this one, I’ve been looking for a lot of exciting finishes. My first fight for Invicta, I fought Sarah D’ Alelio. I went out there. I’m always scared to death when I fight. I always am freaked out. I don’t know if I’m good enough, but I just have to take faith in what I’ve done and the fact that I am good at what I do. I just go out there and I try to win. Starting with that first fight, I told myself I wanted to get back to what I used to do. I used to knock people out. I used to go in there and fight hard and exciting. I wanted to be that fighter. I went out there, then I lost two fights and I’ve just been trying to knock people out and  do some damage. I think they’re going to see the exact same, and we’ll see how durable she is.

SUSAN CINGARI: I find that hard to believe, that you doubt yourself, when you’ve been on such a winning streak. Why do you do that? You’re good.

TONYA EVINGER: I think it’s every athlete. I think that if you don’t question yourself and that you’ve done enough, and if you’re not scared to get in that cage, I’m think there’s probably something wrong with you. I think that you read it in everybody’s book and everybody’s interviews that they say it, even the top fighters. GSP even said it. He’s scared to death before he gets in a fight. The closer he gets to the ring, the more confidence he gets. I’m that same type of fighter.

You see me run down the catwalk most the time, and that’s usually when my nerves are the most out of control. I focus so much on not being nervous just to keep my composure and to keep my nerves down, and keep my energy.I don’t want to overreact and waste my energy being worried.

I try to concentrate on not getting worried. I just go in there and fight, and I’m ready to go. I run down that catwalk, and I want to get in there. I want the dang bell to ring. I want to start it off, ’cause that’s when your nerves all go away. Soon as that bell rings, you start punching somebody (laughs).

SUSAN CINGARI: It’s interesting. It sounds to me like what you’re saying really then is you don’t really want to take any fight for granted. Is that what I’m interpreting?

TONYA EVINGER: Yeah, pretty much. Pretty much. I think anything can happen in this sport. I’ve seen a lot of people lose that I hate watching lose. I think that they’re great athletes and great fighters, and anything can happen in there. I can catch somebody and they can catch me. It just … It comes down to who’s having a better day and who’s on. They’re game plan works and they’re in there and they’re on their game. I plan on being there every single fight. As long as everything keeps going my way, I think we’ll see exciting fights out of me ’til I’m done fighting.

SUSAN CINGARI: Your opponent has not fought since 2011. Do you think that gives you a clear advantage?

TONYA EVINGER: No. I think that that doesn’t really matter. I don’t really think that that ring rust thing is really a deal breaker for a winnable fight. I just don’t see that happening. I think that when I go into train, whether I’ve not trained in two years, or whether I trained last week, I go in there and I train for a fight. I go into practice and I spar hard. We do MMA and we hit each other. I fight every single day of practice. To come into a fight and have ring rust, I think that is just considerably wrong training. I think that you

trained wrong for you not to be ready. If you’re training right for a fight, you should’ve fought many times in the gym for your training camp to get to that point. I just think that mental game is big part of it. I think that people don’t come in with the confidence and their head right to win a fight. I think that’s where that ring rust so called comes into play.

SUSAN CINGARI: Yeah. That’s an interesting perspective. India Gomez recently took to social media and wrote this, and I quote her,

“You just got lucky Tonya. Next time you won’t. I promise next time it will be different. Mark my words. Good luck at your next fight. We will be facing each other soon. I want my rematch. I know you’re not a coward, that’s why you are going to give me a rematch.”

Well are you going to give her a rematch?

TONYA EVINGER :( laughs) you know what; she also said that she let me hit her in the face. I’ve never had a fighter ever in my life let me hit them in the face. I think that’s the complete opposite. You don’t want to get hit in the face. I try not to get hit. I think that’s the most ridiculous statement that she’s made.

And the more she got into all the stuff that she was writing, calling me out and stuff, the more ridiculous she sounded. I just think that that’s her trying to talk her way into a title fight, or into some kind of getting back on track to the exposure she thought she was getting. Before that fight, her and her whole team, they posted all kinds of pictures, and how I’m nobody. I don’t know who I’m getting in the ring with, and this and that.

That goes back to me saying I think that people have underestimated me. Everybody was saying “You beat India Gomez and we’ll consider you top 10.” Who’s India Gomez? I’ve been doing this a long time before her. I’ve seen her fight with the dude on the internet. I think that’s a joke of a fight. I think that she has better fights when she fights females than that she fought versus that dude. I just think that that’s just ridiculous.

So, you know, I think she’s trying to talk her way into a fight. She’s definitely playing with the wrong person, because I am definitely great at a war of words. I can make fun of that girl all day long. Bring it on, but no, I think that like I have said since day one, welcome to 135. The talent is deeper and the girls are tough. 145 I just don’t see as a stacked weight class. To come into 135 and to think that you’re going to be top ranked and just kill everybody is just a really ignorant way of thinking. I think that our weight class is really stacked. You know, beat somebody. Beat somebody in 135. Earn your way back up, but as of right now, I mean, I didn’t get hit once in that fight. I dominated that fight.

It’d be different if I just caught her in an arm bar, but I was mounted, punching her, elbowing her, and she turned over because apparently she was letting me hit her in the face. So, she turned over, and gave me that submission. I don’t even go for submissions. I don’t practice submissions. I don’t go for submissions. I strictly try to beat people up. That showed how easy that fight was for me. I don’t know. I don’t think that me and her fighting is going to come very soon. I think that she’s wishful thinking right now.

SUSAN CINGARI: Speaking of rematches, you lost to Gina Carano in 2007 by a rear naked choke. If she returns to fight, would you like to fight her again? Do you feel you could be victorious this time, since you have improved so much as a fighter?

TONYA EVINGER: Hell yes. I think I should’ve been victorious last time. I think that that was one of them cases of ring rust (laughs). No, it wasn’t. I went in to that fight and I was mentally just not on my game. They didn’t have an area for me to warm up. It was kind of a joke. They jerked me around so many times before that fight I just was like, “Man, this is a fight that they’re trying to get me to lose.” I had to warm-up outside. It was the most ridiculous fight.

I remember taking her down and hitting her a couple times and thinking “This is too easy. This is way too easy.” Then all of a sudden my brain just clicked off and I just didn’t want to fight anymore. It had nothing to do with me getting caught in a choke, because if everybody looks at the video, I clearly, I heard them tap the 10 second clap on the table and shit. I knew that the fight was almost over, I just didn’t want to go into the second round. I just completely broke down. I don’t know what happened. I can’t explain it.

I think that until you’re in that situation, you don’t know, but you see it with a lot of fighters. You saw it this year on Ultimate Fighter, this season with Lisa Ellis. I just think that it’s just one of them things where you’re head just isn’t right and things are going completely different than I guess you imagined, or guess that everybody’s portrayed at this fight going this way. I think that it played a big part of me losing that fight. Will I ever get a rematch? Hell, no. I don’t think she’ll ever give me a rematch, but I would take it. I would take any rematch I’ve ever lost.

SUSAN CINGARI: You have two twin brothers that are also professional MMA fighters. What advice do you give them, and do they listen to their big sister?

TONYA EVINGER:  I don’t think they listen anymore. They used to. You know, I’d pop ’em in the face a couple times. No, they’re great guys. They grew up to be really good. They pretty much followed me in every sport. I don’t think they ever wanted to listen to me.

My one brother, he just fought. He lost which kind of sucks. I think that he’s an amazing athlete. He has more heart than anybody I know in any sport. It’s amazing to watch him, but he’s a robot, and if he doesn’t get the right training, he doesn’t win. I feel like, I trained him for a while, and I would come out there and do camps and stuff with him. I feel like that’s the best I’ve ever seen him fight.

The older he gets, the more he kind of argues back because he also is a coach and coaches his kids in wrestling, and does a lot of stuff. He also knows the game and how it goes. I think it comes down to him just getting older and more educated. He’s like “No, I’m going to do it this a way.” And I’m like, “No, you’re going to do it my way.” they’ve learned. My brother was my wrestling partner all growing up through high school and junior high wrestling. They’ve learned a lot from me, and they’ve moved on to be bigger stronger athletes, of course. I don’t know. It worked out, it worked out.

SUSAN CINGARI: Tell me one thing no one knows about you.

TONYA EVINGER: Oh, one thing. I don’t know. I’m a puzzle freak. I build puzzles like crazy. I pretty much do anything that’s hands on. I like building stuff. I like just doing anything that’s hands on. I can pretty much put anything together or make anything work. Maybe that’s why I’m good at this sport.

SUSAN CINGARI: That’s a secret talent.


SUSAN CINGARI: Yeah. That’s a good secret talent. I like that. Now we have some questions from some MMA fans on Twitter. Tonya, you’ll be glad to hear that you were very popular. You have a lot of fans out there, and some great questions.

Our first question is from Jeff Delosantos @jeffdmma. He wants to know, who has been your toughest opponent so far in your career?

TONYA EVINGER: Oh. Gosh, I can’t even say. I think that everybody I’ve fought, I think that I should’ve beat. I think that the only reason I’ve lost is because I’ve made stupid mistakes. I just got too wild, or I came in out of shape, clearly, or my head just wasn’t right. I think that that’s what you see throughout my whole career, is if I’m in the right frame of mind and the going the right directions, I win fights.

I would have to say my toughest fight so far, probably be Alexis Davis, the first time we fought, although I feel like I was kicking her ass up until the time I got choked out. I took that on a four day notice. I hadn’t trained or fought in like two years. They called me and said “It’s a main event. You want to take it?” I said, “What are you paying?” And they said, “This, and you’ll get a rematch if you … We’ll give you a couple more fights and you’ll get a rematch. We realize it’s short notice.”

So, I took it. I went out there and I thought “I’m going to try to finish her as fast as possible.” I had full mount multiple times. I had her back. I was dominating that fight. I don’t feel like she was as tough as me, I feel like it was the right time for her. Definitely the fight went her way. Being the toughest fight because it was the toughest challenge for myself. I was so out of shape. I remember feeling so bad, I was throwing up for like an hour after that fight. My adrenaline and just everything, it just made me sick. I just …


TONYA EVINGER: It was horrible, horrible experience. The most pain I’ve ever had, and just after the fight. I don’t know if anybody’s ever been tired, but in this sport it really sucks to be tired. That tired, and then have somebody beating on you. It’s definitely a different experience. That would probably be my toughest fight. It was all my fault, actually.

SUSAN CINGARI: Jackson Herrod wants to know what has been your biggest challenge in the sport so far?

TONYA EVINGER: Just getting fights. Being able to maintain my activeness. Getting on fights that I think that I should be on the cards and stuff. Strikeforce is a big example of that. I fought for EliteXC, and then when they went under Strikeforce had my contract and they never fought me once. I think you’re seeing the same thing with UFC, by them not putting me on cards, which is fine because I love Invicta and I love fighting for Invicta. They treat me great. They’re great promotion. They let me fight. They keep me active.

I think that’s a main thing that’s happened in this sport, is it became popular and everybody and their mom wanted to fight. The next thing you know, just being able to stay licensed and the fees, and training, and all this stuff weeded a lot of people out of the sport. The fights, people stopped coming. The promoters don’t want to promote their own show. They want these kids to sell tickets and stuff, and do the work for them. I just think that that’s what everybody’s lacking in the sport. You can’t keep these promotions going and the fights just aren’t there. Now that females, of course, are getting some more option now that they’re in the UFC, I think that the females are starting to come back. It’s definitely been hard to keep active.

SUSAN CINGARI: Yeah. I’m encouraged. So excited that Ultimate Fighter is all female this year, because I’ve been waiting for that, for the females to get the respect in the sport. It’s been slow coming, but at least it’s a lot better than what it was. For sure.

TONYA EVINGER: Definitely. Definitely. Now we just got to worry about the paydays being the same, which I don’t ever see that happening, but man, it would be nice.

SUSAN CINGARI: Right. Cord Crowthers @elitecourt wants to know, he has a comment. I do. How is she so fricken awesome?

TONYA EVINGER: I don’t know. I was born that way. I was born like this. No, I think I get a different reaction. Some people love my personality and they accept it. Some people, man they just hate on me like crazy. They don’t know me. They believe rumors. They believe this person, that person. They just don’t know me.

I’m definitely a comedian. Most of the stuff I say is definitely dry humor, and just mess with people just to make people laugh. You know, the people that definitely get me and get my personality have met me in person. They definitely change their views of me, and get to me. I’m definitely just a good time. I don’t know. I like to have fun. I like to laugh, otherwise I wouldn’t be doing any of this. I got to stay out of the boring, boring world, so I got to do … Make myself laugh all the time, I guess (laughs). I’m a little crazy.

SUSAN CINGARI: Great to hear.

TONYA EVINGER: Little out there.

SUSAN CINGARI: Sascha Kretzschmar @official sashak wants to know, what do you think of Chris Cyborg?

TONYA EVINGER: I don’t know. I think that she’s probably been waiting to kick my butt for a long time from that interview I did a long time ago, me and Gina. I don’t know. I think that the fight between me and her definitely people push it like crazy. I don’t think that people are on the same level as the way things are going, and seeing the reality of what’s going on.

I think that she’s looking for that fight with Rhonda, and I think that she just wants to whoop Rhonda. She doesn’t care about Invicta, doesn’t care about who she fights. She just wants to get in there and fight people, the top people.

 I’m just that person that will fight anybody. I say it, and I can’t go back on it after I say it. I’d feel like such a turd if I said “I’ll fight anybody” and then they’re like “You want to fight this girl?” “Uh, no.” I mean I would’ve done that my last fight, ’cause India’s definitely a scary looking girl. I just will fight anybody. I feel like I do … When I don’t have a fight lined up, I have full confidence in my skills and my ability. I just got to remember that, ’cause as soon as I get a fight, I’m like “Oh, no. Oh shoot.” But everybody goes through that.

I just don’t want to be that fighter that says I’m a fighter and I’m not really a fighter, so I’m going to get in there and I’m going to fight everybody. I’m going to do the best I can, and I’m going to try to win every single fight. It’s a different mentality for me. She’s definitely “If you’re in my weight class and you want to fight, I guess I want to fight you too.” I’ll fight her. I definitely would fight her. I’ll fight anybody.

SUSAN CINGARI: Spoken like a true warrior, for sure.


SUSAN CINGARI:  Now we have some questions from Joolz @JoolzHoolz. She has several questions for you. What does your boss think of fighting? Supporting or annoyed? Remember Amanda Bell’s dick of a boss fired her recently.

TONYA EVINGER: I guess my boss is pretty supportive. He doesn’t care what I do as long as I come work every once in a while. It’s pretty crazy. That’s the reason I’ve been in construction my whole life, is I’ve been able to take time off and leave and do whatever, then come back and work. It’s just one of them jobs where I don’t have to be so committed to a six days a week, five day a week job. I can come and go and work the hours I want.

I’m really good at what I do, so I get it done fast. He’s just happy that I come to work, I think. Although I haven’t been there all week. I’m trying to take some time off to focus on this fight and train, and cut some weight and just be ready. I’ve never had anything bad with any of my bosses. Everybody’s been pretty supportive every company I’ve worked for. I guess if they did have a problem, then I wouldn’t work for them. It’s all about support.

SUSAN CINGARI: Speaking of support, Joolz @JoolzHoolz also wants to know, do individual fans give you support? She truly believes that more fans should offer what they can, not just “like”.

TONYA EVINGER: Yeah. I’ve had some of my fans actually put money into my PayPal account to help my training camps.

SUSAN CINGARI: Wow, that’s great.

TONYA EVINGER: My girlfriend, she has a fan, great guy. He sends her tons and tons of books. All the big name fighters that come out with books. Man, she has so many books, she’s got to read. He sends her money all the time to help her with stuff. It’s crazy. I think that that’s awesome. Of course, would never ask anybody. I would never expect anything from anybody.

It’s great to just have sponsors that want to get their name out there, and put their logo on your gear, and help support you. This sport is definitely expensive. It has been since I’ve started wrestling. Wrestling is a really expensive sport. You’ve got to pay to play until you get big name and get out there and start making some money, it’s really costly.

That’s what blows my mind about amateur fighters. They can’t have sponsors. They don’t get paid. They have nothing to supplement their income. They have to pay for their training because they’re amateurs and gyms don’t let them train for free. They have to pay for their gear because sponsors … They’re just amateur fighters and they don’t want to give them any gear for free. It’s a really a catch 22 in this sport.

Thank god I’m a pro, and I started when I did. I built my name, so I’ve always had some support here and there to help me out, and some sponsors that stuck with me throughout my whole career, whether I was winning, whether I was losing, when I was just training. They’ve always come through for me and done great things. It’s a big part of making this work. You know, I don’t know. It’s weird. I definitely would never say no because everything helps, but I wouldn’t expect anything from anybody. I appreciate everything everybody’s ever done for me. I wouldn’t be where I’m at if it wasn’t for my fans and my friends, and sponsors and everybody who’s helped me out.

SUSAN CINGARI: Final question from Joolz @JoolzHoolz. Do you go on autopilot when you fight, or are you conscious of the moves you’re doing?

TONYA EVINGER: Oh, I think every fight’s different. I remember when I first started fighting. My first fight, I remember getting out there and just throwing down. I couldn’t even remember the fight afterwards. I still have fights like that where I just can’t even remember what happened in there. I don’t know what I did. I don’t even know. I think it’s just repetition in the gym. Just like I said, going in there and fighting. I don’t go into the gym and just train boxing and just train jujitsu and just train this. I go in there and train MMA. I think that by doing that every day, my body knows what to do. I know what to do, whether I think about it or not.

Although, I do get in situations where it’s a deja vu, and I think that’s just from going over certain situations over and over and over. That’s what the deja vu is, you recognize that position. You’ve been in that position before. You know what to do from there. That’s when you start to feel comfortable and things start to come together. Then you can start hearing your corner men telling you stuff to do. I definitely feel different every time. Sometimes I’m so into the fight and my nerves are going, I can’t hear a dang thing my corner’s saying. Then, sometimes, I can hear everything they say, and I just do it. They see stuff I don’t, and I feel stuff in there that they don’t see. It’s different every time.

SUSAN CINGARI: It’s also often hard to hear because the fans are cheering so loud. I often wonder how the fighters can hear anything at all from their corner.

TONYA EVINGER: Oh, I know. I’ve been in fights where I’ve lost my voice trying to coach my fighter. I’m like “Shut up people. They can’t hear a dang thing I’m saying.” It’s more when the females are fighting. It gets so loud when the females are fighting. It’s definitely hard. In some fights, they don’t want you to sit cage side. My girlfriend fought out in Vegas, and I had to sit back in the first row. That was like 20 feet from the cage. I can’t coach from the crowd. That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever done. It’s really hard. In situations like that, you better have trained right, because you can’t count on your corner men, that’s for sure.

SUSAN CINGARI: Right. UFC181@talkmma wants to know, you were in quite a slump. He’d like to know what changed in your life that turned you into this well-oiled machine.

TONYA EVINGER: I don’t agree with that comment. I think that I definitely never was in a slump or anything. I think that it comes down to what we talked about before, being able to stay active. I quit fighting at some point around 2007, 2008, around 2008, I think just for the fact … I quit fighting ’til 2010 when I fought Alexis Davis because I couldn’t find fights. I could not find fights anywhere. There was nobody that wanted to pay.

I felt like I had put so much time and I had so many fights that why would I go back and pay? That’s like taking a job, earning my way up to an engineer position, and then going back and working for Walmart, or McDonald’s or something. It just doesn’t make sense to me. I was just frustrated. I was like “Screw it. I quit. I’m just not even going to focus on it anymore.” I focused on work. Then, an opportunity came with that fight with Alexis, and I took it. I take every opportunity that comes, unless it’s completely outrageous. Then, I, of course say no.

It just comes down to inactivity, and being able to keep these athletes active. I see it from both sides. I’ve been on a side where I’ve thrown shows and I’ve match made shows. I like to put people on cards, and I’ve had so many fighters contact me and they just beg to get on the card. I wish I could put them all on the card. I really do. I wish I could pay everybody better. I wish I could do a lot more. I wish I could I owned a gym for a while, and I didn’t make any of my fighters pay. Especially my amateurs, because I know how it is. They’re struggling. I know, I’ve been there on that side of it. It’s a struggle on both ends. If you got a good promoter, they do the best for you and the best they can. Athletes are doing their job too. It just comes down to being inactive and that’s it.

My record definitely shows that I’ve never really gotten in a slump where I’ve lost multiple fights in a row. I think the most I’ve ever lost is like two in a row. Then I got right back on track. But I am that fighter that takes short notice fights. It’s always usually been my fault.

SUSAN CINGARI: Well, I think it makes it more exciting for the fans to know that you’re ready to fight, and you’re ready to step up to the plate. I think that people have a respect for fighters that do that.


SUSAN CINGARI: Anything else you’d like to add today?

TONYA EVINGER: No. I’m just excited to get back in there. I’m excited to see Invicta get out of Kansas City. Don’t get me wrong, I like Kansas City, ’cause that’s where I’m from, but there’s so many places. So many people that are fans of Women’s MMA. To bring this event around is just awesome. I mean, if we could just get more people to buy tickets and more people to promote it, and more people to get online and push it, I think that’s the main thing that’s going on. The more ticket sales we see out here in Houston, hopefully we can come back again and bring in some local talent with some out of town talent, stuff like that.

Man, I just can’t give any more thanks to Shannon for stepping up and keeping this promotion alive. I know she went through a lot of stuff when they had their trouble and switched owners and all that stuff happened with them. The fact that they’re still running and doing so good, and surviving is just an amazing accomplishment. To see the talent, look at half the girls. They’re all going on to UFC, and they’re getting televised. They’re getting good coverage. I don’t know if you saw the last Invicta, but it was a bloody mess. A bloody mess.


TONYA EVINGER: It was great though.

TONYA EVINGER:  Oh my gosh, so much heart. I’ve seen so many girl fights where somebody throws a little paw at somebody. They’re pawing at each other, and the girl turns and doesn’t want to fight anymore. So, to see, and I think that’s where we don’t get the respect that we deserve. That promotion has straight talent. Has girls with heart, has fighters that are in there to fight. It’s just amazing, amazing to watch.

All these girls are new, so I’m kind of jealous. I had to take 10 years to learn all this shit, and these girls get to come in and have MMA fighter’s coaches, not just a wrestling coach, or a boxing coach, or this guy that thinks he can teach you how to fight. It’s awesome. They’re getting fast-tracked to the sport, and becoming amazing athletes and talent. Talent out the window man, it’s just crazy.

TONYA EVINGER: All right. I definitely want to give a shout out to my manager, which is Jay from Fresh Start. Pearl Bar, Summerton Renovation, Made, Cintabag, Lucky’s Automotive, Unique Kennels, Dudley Robinson from MMA Events Sponsors, MMA Signatures, West Side Chevrolet out here, which is awesome, I got a fricken local sponsor. That’s amazing. Pro Dealer did my  shirts this time, which is awesome. Pro Teams, Iron Jaw did my mouth piece. Face it fight gear is awesome. They hooked me up with a shit ton of gear.. Elevate a new gym that I’m just going to. I don’t believe in that Cross fit stuff very often, but they got me in there and man, I’m hurting today. I can’t get out of bed now. They’re great. Thank god I got all these sponsors. Jay’s been amazing amazing manager, so I’m happy to be signed with him. He’s done nothing but great things since I’ve started working with him, so definitely big thanks to him.

SUSAN CINGARI: Thanks for taking the time to speak with me today, Tonya. I want to remind our viewers. You can follow Tonya on Twitter @tonyaevinger. I want to wish you good luck on your fight at Invicta FC10 on December 5th, from Houston, Texas.

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