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Invicta FC 22 – Evinger chokes out Kunitskaya to defend bantamweight belt

Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger (19-5-0, 1NC) successfully defended her crown at Invicta FC 22 Saturday evening, submitting Russian Yana Kunitskaya (9-3-1, 1NC) at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City.

Evinger was looking to make a statement after controversially losing the first bout, and despite almost getting finished by a Kunitskaya guillotine choke in the first round, stormed back in the second frame to secure the rear-naked choke at 4:32.

Sunna Davidsdottir and Mallory Martin secured Fight-of-the-Night honours, while Ashley Cummins secured performance of the night. Each fighter earned an additional undisclosed bonus.

FELICIA SPENCER VS MADISON MCELHANEY

WINNER: FELICIA SPENCER VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: FELICIA SPENCER VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: This was a good old-fashioned scrap, with Spencer getting the better of it after McElhaney gassed.  Good performances by both fighters.

KAL HOLLIDAY VS MIRANDA MAVERICK 

WINNER: MIRANDA MAVERICK VIA SUBMISSION R1 3:01

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KAL HOLLIDAY VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Wow. Miranda Maverick showed something by overcoming the takedown and wrestling of Holliday to get the armbar tap despite the slam. She did miss weight though, so that’s all I have to say.

SUNNA RANNEVIG DAVIDSDOTTIR VS MALLORY MARTIN

WINNER: SUNNA DAVIDSDOTTIR VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SUNNA DAVIDSDOTTIR VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: The striking of Davidsdottir overcame the Muay Thai and toughness of Martin. Beautiful left hook by Sunna in the first round and left hands by Martin in the second.

AMBER BROWN VS ASHLEY CUMMINS

WINNER: ASHLEY CUMMINS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: AMBER BROWN VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Cummins surprisingly kind of out-bullied the bully here after Amber came out strong in the first round, but this one will be remembered for the duel triangles.

JODIE ESQUIBEL VS DEANNA BENNETT 

WINNER: JODIE ESQUIBEL VIA SPLIT-DECISION (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DEANNA BENNETT VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Bennett was outworked by Esquibel in a close fight. Give Jodie credit, she dictated more of the fight.

AYAKA HAMASAKI VS LIVIA RENATA SOUZA 

WINNER: LIVIA RENATA SOUZA VIA TKO R1 1:41

ANDREWS PREDICTION: AYAKA HAMASAKI VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: I thought Yamasaki would withstand the pu nishment of Souza and find a crafty way to win, but Souza showed moving up to strawweight was too much for the atomweight champ. Excellent TKO for Souza.

MAIN EVENT

TONYA EVINGER VS YANA KUNITSKAYA

Invicta FC 22

WINNER: TONYA EVINGER VIA SUBMISSION R2 4:32

ANDREWS PREDICTION: FELICIA SPENCER VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: As I thought, Evinger was looking to make a statement and she did with the rear-naked tap. All is back to normal in the world. Full marks to Kunitskaya, but she should have finished that guillotine choke. Once Evinger survived, it was just a matter of time.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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