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Tonya Evinger

Tonya Evinger (Born June 4, 1981) is a mma fighter in the 135 pound division, who was ranked by the Unfied Women's Rankings.



Tonya Evinger began as a junior high and high school wrestler on the boys team in Odessa, Missouri (the didn't have a women's team). She was a three time national high school champion and made the national freestyle team as a junior - training out of the Olympic training center. She would travel around the world competing. After high school, she was able to secure a wrestling scholarship at Missouri Valley College, where she was ranbked #1 in her division. After graduating in 2004 with a degree in criminal justice, she decided to change to mma.

MMA CareerEdit

Evinger's "Rock" Solid StartEdit

Evinger would find a mentor in Ken Shamrock, training with him as his Lion's Den Reno facility. Evinger would lose her first amateur match to a tough Jenn Tate, but would win the next four matches including a dynamic pro debut, with a quick 16 second knockout of Brirtany Pullen in June 2006.

thumb|400px|left|Evinger vs. Brittany Pullem


Born Odessa, MO
Fighting out of Sacramento, CA
HT 5'7
WT 135
Fighting Style Wrestling, boxing, pancrase
Home Gym Ultimate



MMA RecordEdit

Total 11
Wins 8
Losses 3
Knockouts 4
Submissions 3
Decisions 1

Facing the TopEdit

Mid-2007 saw Evinger face some of the toughest challengers in her career, as she would face top ranked fighters Vanessa Porto and Gina Caranom (in Evinger's tv debut). She would lose both matches by submission.

thumb|300px|left|Evinger vs. Carano

Moving to Cali and Back to WinningEdit

Evinger would move to Sacramento to join Uriah Faber's Ultimate Fitness gym in 2008. The changed helped her get back to winning, defeating Kat Alendal and ranked Julie Kedzie, amking Evinger one of the top fighters in the division.

thumb|400px|left|Evinger vs. Julie Kedzie

Lay off and ReturnEdit

It was a tough 2009 for Evinger, as promoters weren't calling for the more experienced Evinger. It would be a long two years before Raging Wolf MMA would give her a shot as a last minute replacement, facing champion Alexis Davis in May 2010. Although dominate in the opening round, the very short noticed showed as her indurance faded towards the end of the fight and would lose via rear naked choke.

Evinger would redeem her loss, defeating A.J. Jenkins in July 2010.

thumb|400px|left|Evinger vs. A.J. Jenkins

Evinger is expected to face Ragining Wolf champion Alexis Davis Nov. 6.

Professional RecordEdit

Result Opponent Method Round Time Event Date Location
Win Adrienna A. Jenkins TKO 2 3:16 Raging Wolf 8: Cage Supremacy 7/17/2010 Niagara Falls, NY
Loss Alexis Davis Submission (RNC) 3 1:47 Raging Wolf 7 5/8/2010 Niagara Falls, NY
Win Sarah Schneider Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 TFF - True Fight Fans 6/6/2008 Grain Valley, MO
Win Julie Kedzie Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 1:43 ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series 1/25/2008 Atlantic City, NJ
Win Kat Alendal Submission (Armbar) 1 PFP - Ring of Fire 12/9/2007 Manila, Philippines
Loss Gina Carano Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 2:53 Elite XC: Uprising 9/15/2007 Honolulu, HI
Loss Vanessa Porto Submission (Armbar) 1 2:14 FFF 2 - Girls Night Out 7/14/2007 Compton, CA
Win Ginele Marquez Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 3 1:58 Tuff-N-Uff 2 4/14/2007 Las Vegas, NV
Win Shoni Plagmann KO 2 0:10 Extreme Wars: Xtreme Fighting 2 3/17/2007 Honolulu, HI
Win Angela Hayes TKO 1 1:02 KE - Kick Enterprises 3/10/2007 Ft. Myers, FL
Win Brittany Pullen KO 1 0:16 Fatal Femmes Fighting 1 2/17/2007 Los Angeles, CA