Tonya Evinger Calls Herself Cyborg’s “Biggest Challenge”


Invicta Fighting Championships Bantamweight Champion Tonya Evinger is making her UFC debut this July at UFC 214, as she faces Cyborg for the vacant UFC Women’s Featherweight Title.

Evinger believes that she is going to prove herself as Cyborg’s big challenge when they collide this July.

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“I think I’m her biggest challenge to date,” Evinger told MMA Fighting. “I’m not taking anything away from any of them other girls. All of them are good in their own right. It’s just my style, anyway. I think I’m gonna be the toughest challenge for her.”

The UFC debut comes as a short notice fight for Evinger, who is replacing the injured Invicta FC Featherweight Champion in Megan Anderson.

There is one main goal that Evinger has at UFC 214, which is the prove she can dominate at featherweight like she has at bantamweight.

“You know what? I’m not a puss,” Evinger said. “I know it’s a struggle to get to 145 for her. I know what it is. It doesn’t matter, man. I’ll go home and I’ll regret this for the rest of my life. ‘I could have beat her, maybe. I don’t know. Maybe I should have took the fight. Why was I such a puss?’ I was scared to fight at 145? That’s not me, man. I’m not saying I’m gonna go out there and fight at 170 pounds tomorrow or the next fight or anything like that, but [145] is realistic. This ain’t too far off. I do think I’m really dominant at 135. I think I can definitely dominate at [145] and i think I can dominate at [125].”

UFC 214 takes place on Saturday, July 29 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California with Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.

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