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Invicta FC 20: Kunitskaya shocks Evinger with first round submission

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Russian Yana Kunitskaya shocked the MMA world with a quick first round armbar submission of Tonya Evinger to win the bantamweight crown at Invicta FC 20 in Kansas City.

Evinger looked to be on her usual dominant ways, landing a takedown, but Kunitskaya scrambled on the ground and secured the armbar. Evinger put her foot on Kunitskaya’s face to get her to break the hold – a legal move according to referee Big John McCarthy – but referee Mike England told her to move it, which apparently allowed Kunitskaya to tighten it further.

The fight took a mere 119 seconds.

Evinger has asked for an immediate rematch.

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MMA Crossfire

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

Invicta FC 20

MIRANDA MAVERICK VS SAMANTHA DIAZ Invicta FC 20

WINNER: MIRANDA MAVERICKS VIA SUBMISSION R1 4:26

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SAMANTHA DIAZ VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Give Mavericks credit. Though she missed weight, she scrambled and locked in the RNC. Great win for Miranda.

STEPHANIE EGGER VS ALEXA CONNERS 

Invicta FC 20

WINNER: ALEXA CONNERS VIA SPLIT-DECISION (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEXA CONNERS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Conners just outworked a gassed Egger in the later rounds. Great performance for Conners.

LYNN ALVAREZ VS JJ ALDRICH

Invicta FC 20

WINNER: JJ ALDRICH VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JJ ALDRICH VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Alvarez was game, but was just outworked by the bulldog mentality of Aldrich, who kept the pressure on  the entire fight. She busted up Alvarez’s left eye and did not gas. Just a solid performance.

 

JESSICA-ROSE CLARK VS PAM SORENSON

Invicta FC 20

WINNER: JESSICA-ROSE CLARK VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

ANDREWS PREDICTION: PAM SORENSON VIA SPLIT-DECISION (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

Andrews: Sorenson’s strength, takedowns, and aggressiveness earned her the win. She just needs to make sure to make weight.

AMBER BROWN VS ASHLEY YODER 

Invicta FC 20

WINNER: ASHLEY YODER VIA SUBMISSION R2 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: AMBER BROWN VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Yoder overcome a tough Brown to secure a tight armbar during a scramble near the cage. Excellent performance for both fighters.

HERICA TIBURCIO VS SIMONA SOUKUPOVA 

Invicta FC 20

WINNER: HERICA TIBURCIO VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: HERICA TIBURCIO VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: The boxing and footwork of Tiburcio held up for the first two rounds, while Soukupova broke through the last frame. Good win.

ANGELA HILL VS KALINE MEDERIOS 

Invicta FC 20

WINNER: ANGELA HILL VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (50-45, 49-46, 48-47)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SAMANTHA DIAZ VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Hill was dominant everywhere, including the ground, which I think kind of deflated Mederios as the fight went on. She couldn’t get Hill on her back. Great win for Hill.

MAIN EVENT

TONYA EVINGER VS YANA KUNITSKAYA 

Invicta FC 20

WINNER: YANA KUNITSKAYA VIA SUBMISSION R1 1:59

ANDREWS PREDICTION:TONYA EVINGER VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Kunitskaya did well to scramble on the ground land get a sambar near the cage to force Evinger to tap. Great win, but some controversy as the ref may have stopped Evinger from using a legal move such as a foot on the face to stop Kunitskaya. We’ll have to see what unfolds there.

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KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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