Invicta FC vet Tonya "Triple Threat" Evinger (12-6) said on Dec. 28 in an exclusive interview with Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden that her girlfriend, Stephanie "The Cyclone" Alba, (4-2) should fight on the "midget MMA" circuit just because she's short enough to qualify.
Evinger, 32, didn't mean any disrespect to little people across the globe.
She simply wants Alba to fight women her own size, since she's usually at a height and reach disadvantage in her fights.
"Yes and she qualifies," Evinger said when asked by Holden if midget MMA actually existed. "I think she should do it just for fun."
Evinger wasn't just blowing smoke, as Alba does actually qualify as a legal midget.
"She qualifies to fight as a midget on that circuit," Evinger confirmed. "She's under the height requirements."
A midget refers to someone with dwarfism, or someone who is under 4 feet 11 inches tall.
The legal size of a midget is 4 feet 10 inches when they have reached adulthood, and that is exactly Alba's height.
Alba, 31, is almost always matched up against opponents much taller than her because it's difficult to find anyone her size in the female atomweight division.
Typically, female atomweights stand 5 foot 2 or taller. Since Alba stands close to the 4 foot 10, she's often at a significant disadvantage.
Alba gave up four inches on Katelyn Radka when they fought in the summer of 2013, and she's three inches shorter than Paulina "Firefox" Granados, a woman she fought twice.
Midget MMA fights have gone down everywhere from Alabama to Thailand, but all known bouts featuring little people had only male competitors.
If Alba joined the midget MMA circuit, she would become the first known female midget MMA star.