Tonya "Triple Threat" Evinger extended her winning streak to nine fights on Saturday night, defending her Invicta mixed martial arts bantamweight title against Colleen "The Thoroughbred" Schneider.
Evinger, who is openly gay, won via unanimous decision at the main event of Invicta FC 17 which was held at the Hangar at OC Fair in Costa Mesa, California.
Evinger, who has been in dominating form for the best part of five years, entered the contest as a heavy favorite vs. Schnieder, who — with the loss — has a professional record of 10 wins and 7 losses.
Evinger, whose record climbed to 18-5, controlled the vast majority of the fight. She knocked Schneider down with a stiff left jab in the first round and in the following rounds she bullied Schnieder, grinding her against the fence and dragging her to the ground on multiple occasions. On the mat, Evinger punished Schneider with punches and elbows while also threatening with chokes.
Although Evinger was the clear winner, many had expected her to be even more dominant against the surprisingly game Schneider, who earned her title shot after a victory over Raquel Pa'aluhi at Invicta FC 15 in January.
Schneider worried Evinger on occasion with flashy Taekwondo skills early on, throwing high kicks that only just missed the mark.
For Evinger the victory confirms what many fight fans have long suspected — that her dominance over her division is virtually unmatched.
At this point it seems the only bantamweights capable of standing up to Evinger ply their trade in the UFC. Evinger has long maintained a stance that ranges from apathy to aggression towards the UFC, so it seems unlikely that we'll see her versus the Ronda Rouseys and Miesha Tates of this world anytime soon.
Evinger's victory may be remembered more for her post-fight antics than her bruising and methodical performance. After the final bell, Evinger vomited in a bucket (which is not new for Evinger). After this she spoke with Invicta's in-cage interviewer Laura Sanko.
After telling Sanko how disappointed she was in her own performance, Evinger planted a kiss on Sanko's lips, prompting the interviewer to reel away in laughter.
Sanko has already excused the cringe-worthy incident on social media, highlighting her friendship with Evinger.
In the co-main event of the evening, another out LGBT fighter put her title on the line. However, unlike Evinger, Livia Renata Souza did not leave Invicta FC 17 with her champion-status intact.
In a fun back-and-forth battle for the Invicta Strawweight title Angela "Overkill" Hill tested "Livinha" like never before, on route to a split decision victory.
In the opening round Souza was able to take Hill down and threaten her with multiple submission attempts. Souza, who prior to this fight was undefeated in nine contests, was unable to secure a finish in that round and from that point on she seemed to tire and grow increasingly frustrated at the power and elusiveness of her opponent.
Hill, who fought three times in the UFC and now has a professional record of 5-2, harried Souza throughout the fight with slick and solid punches and as the fight went on Hill was able to shuck off Souza's takedown attempts with ease. It wasn't all Hill though, as Souza was able to land a few decent punches, kicks, and knees of her own.
Despite looking exhausted, Souza almost salvaged the fight in the closing seconds. She dived in on Hill and finally managed to bring her back down to the mat. There Souza came close to completing an armbar that could have ended the fight had there been more time on the clock.