Hard-hitting flyweight contender Alyssa "G.I. Jane" Vasquez (6-3) said on May 10 in an exclusive interview with Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden that she would love the opportunity to fight Tonya "Triple Threat" Evinger (13-5) because she's sick of the TUF 18 star's trash-talking ways. Vasquez, a 31-year-old amateur 125-pounder, thinks Evinger is a bully who does more fighting with her mouth than with her fists, and she's hoping to shut her up for good.
"She's just trash, and her turbo tendencies give her a false sense of supreme will," Vasquez said of Evinger. "No one on this planet intimidates me -especially not some trailer park bar brawler. She's like that Robbie dude from Joe Dirt. Get over yourself." Evinger, 32, isn't one to shy away from a juicy social media battle, but she hasn't yet responded to Vasquez's comments.
Time will tell how the situation plays out, but the hope amongst fight fans is that Vasquez and Evinger will settle their "beef" inside the cage. Vasquez fights at 125 pounds, a weight that Evinger has competed at in the past. The only issue preventing the fight from happening is the fact that Vasquez is considered amateur, while Evinger has been pro since 2007.
Evinger has 18 MMA bouts under her belt, while Vasquez has just half as much experience inside the cage. Despite the experience-level differential, Vasquez is hoping the fight happens someday. "I just can't fight until October or November because work has to come first, but I'm always down," Vasquez said of a fight against Evinger.
Vasquez, who is riding a two-fight win streak, hasn't fought since August of last year, when she defeated Sarah Cook via split-decision. As for Evinger, she last competed at Invicta FC 7, where she beat Sarah D'Alelio. "Triple Threat" is riding a four-fight win streak, including wins over Carina Damm and Lacie Jackson.
Evinger is considered one of the 10 best pro flyweights in the world, and she's also ranked in the top 20 at bantamweight. As for Vasquez, she's one of the fastest-rising young amateurs in the country. The hope is that Invicta FC will sign Evinger to fight Vasquez later this year.