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Tonya Evinger says Gina Carano and Sara McMann weren't 'tough opponents'

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According to a Dec. 5 post from US Combat Sports, Invicta FC bantamweight star Tonya Evinger says Gina Carano and Sara McMann weren't tough opponents for her.

Evinger, 32, lost to both women, but she says being defeated had more to do with pressure than toughness.

“I’ve never been beat up so I wouldn’t say any of them are tough, none are tougher than the other. The fight with Gina was just a lot of pressure. That’s why I lost that fight in my mind," Evinger said. "A lot of fights I feel I could have done better. It’s pressure. Look at the Pennington fight on the Ultimate Fighter. That was a lot of pressure. I could have beaten her and should have. I just froze.

"I was expected to win that show. I was embarrassed. I’d have to say that when I fought Katrina Damm was one fight where I learned not to give a sh** about what any of the little fan boys up in the stands think. Look at Chael (Sonnen) and (Anderson) Silva. Chael beat his ass that whole first fight. He lost, but he beat his ass. In the second fight Chael looked like he didn’t even belong there. It happens. I don’t think any of them were tough fights but sometimes you lose.”

Evinger handled her fight against Carano fairly well, until falling into a rear-naked choke at the 2:53 mark of the opening frame.

She also went the distance with McMann, so the Missouri brawler isn't just blowing smoke with her comments.

Evinger will face another tough MMA veteran in Sarah D'Alelio on Dec. 7 on the Invicta FC 7 card in Kansas City, Missouri.

Evinger's fight against D'Alelio will stream for free on Invicta FC's Facebook page, prior to the seven-bout main card.

She was originally scheduled to fight Kelly Kobold, but D'Alelio stepped in as a late replacement. Evinger says she's not too worried about fighting someone different than who was originally scheduled for her.

“She (Kelly) pulled her cl** or something. Sounds a little fishy to me," Evinger said of the opponent change. "I honestly don’t know why she pulled out. For Sarah, I’ve watched a bunch of video on her. She’s easy to read. She’s grown a lot, but everything is on video now a days. I can pick her a part just by watching video. I am creating a game plan. I have great coaches. I’ve been training with Scot Wardof Team Warrior Concepts in Springfield, Illinois. Also Jesse Finney at Finney's MMA. I’m not too worried about it."


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