By Kalah Haley | @KalahHaley
This Saturday night, Tonya Evinger squares off against Yana Kunitskaya for a second time to defend her Bantamweight title. These two fought back in November of last year and left the crowd stunned after Kunitskaya got the armbar at Invicta FC 20. Before Evinger tapped, she tried defending the submission by placing her left foot on Yana’s face. After being warned and instructed to move her foot by referee Mike England, Kunitskaya was able to secure the armbar and force Evinger to tap.
Unfortunately, the instructions Evinger received to remove her foot from Kunitskaya’s face were unwarranted because the positioning was in fact legal.
Tonya and her team filed for an appeal to the Missouri Office of Athletics and were successful, resulting in the office changning the decision to a No Contest.
Tonya spoke to Kalah Haley on the Girl Fight Talk podcast to discuss the process of getting the decision overturned and when she wanted to get back in the cage to defend her title.
With recent events like the Holly Holm vs Germaine de Randamie fight at UFC 208, it has proven very difficult to overturn a decision in MMA. Even with very blatant strikes after the bell, the decision did not get changed. Eveniger is very lucky to have fought in a state where the commission was willing to look at her case and hear her appeal.
And here we are. This Saturday night, many questions will be answered. The first bout only lasted 1:59 in round one. We will see if the rematch has more in store for the fans.
Invicta FC 22: Evinger vs Kunitskaya streams live exclusively on UFC Fight Pass Saturday, March 25 at 7 p.m. CT.