Cris Cyborg DISMANTLES Tonya Evinger To Win Featherweight Title
The first of an incredible three title fights at UFC 214 saw Cris Cyborg and Tonya Evinger face off for the vacant women’s featherweight belt in front of a packed Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
The bout was hastily arranged after Dutch kickboxer Germaine de Randamie decided that she would rather vacate the title than face the human wrecking ball known as Cyborg. Originally, the Brazilian was due to fight Aussie Megan Anderson for the belt but Anderson pulled out, citing ‘personal reasons.’
Cyborg (17-1, 1 NC before this fight) was clearly not pleased: “I’m prepared to fight anyone,” she said. “As for the change in opponent, we can say it’s the result of Megan’s and her manager’s irresponsibility.”
Invicta FC bantamweight champ Evinger was hastily brought into the mix. Coming into this one, the American hadn’t lost in 11 fights with her streak going all the way back to 2011. 32-year-old Cyborg considered her to be an even more exciting matchup for the fans.
“As for Tonya, she’s a great opponent. She’s been winning her past 10 fights and is an example of how the world rankings should be independent from the UFC’s rankings. It will be a great fight and I believe that, with Tonya, it will be an even more exciting fight for the fans than the fight with Megan.”
Evinger agreed, stated that she would be the biggest challenge in Cyborg’s career, to date:
“I think I’m her biggest challenge to date,” Evinger told MMA Fighting before the bout. “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 bookies certainly didn’t think so: going into this one Cyborg was a massive favourite at $1.04 while Evinger was the biggest underdog on the card at $8.50.
Many fans however, were left surprised after Tonya Evinger managed to survive until the third round. After a quick start from Cyborg, Evinger managed to weather the storm and settle into the fight. Cyborg took her time over the three rounds, carefully picking her shots while chipping away at Evinger.
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Cyborg managed to win the title via TKO, check out the footage on the player below:
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