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Tonya Evinger vs Yana Kunitskaya Headlines Invicta FC 20 on November 18

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Invicta Fighting Championships’ sixth event of 2016 is official, with two title bouts posted at the top of the card.

Invicta bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger will put her 135 pound strap on the line against Yana Kunitskaya, while Angela Hill and Kaline Medeiros are set to go to war over the promotion’s strawweight title on November 18 in Kansas City.

Evinger (17-6) has rebounded from back to back losses against Alexis Davis and Sara McMann in 2010-11, to win nine straight and position herself as the number one female fighter outside of the UFC. Evinger won the Invicta FC title in a one-sided bout against Irene Aldana in July 2015, and has since defended it in similarly dominant fashion against Pannie Kianzad and Colleen Schneider.

Kunitskaya (9-2) has won seven of her last eight outings, albeit against more moderate opposition. Last month she defeated Yanan Wu under the Fightspirit Championship banner, and the Russian also boasts a 2010 stoppage of Invicta FC contender Cindy Dandois on her resume.

In the co-main event, Angela Hill (5-2) will look to further her claim for female fighter of the year when awards are dished out at year-end. The former UFC strawweight has blossomed inside the Invicta FC cage, winning all three of her fights since being released by the UFC at the back-end of 2015. In May at Invicta FC 17, Hill won the first major championship of her professional mixed martial arts career, defeating Livia Renata Souza in a five round classic to claim Invicta gold.

Challenger Kaline Medeiros (8-4) has worked a successful tour of the industry to build a five fight winning streak and earn her shot at the Invicta title. With wins picked up in Bellator, Legacy FC and Invicta, Medeiros impressed with a comfortable victory over Manjit Kolekar last time out.

Elsewhere on the card former atomweight champion Herica Tiburcio faces Simona Soukupova; one-time Invicta FC title challenger Amber Brown meets Ashley Yoder; Popular Australian Jessy Jess takes on Pam Sorenson; Lynn Alvarez and J.J. Aldrich meet at strawweight; Stephanie Egger makes her Invicta FC debut; and Miranda Maverick and Samantha Diaz oppose each other in their professional debuts.

Tickets for the event, which takes place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, go on sale Saturday, October 15.

The full card for Invicta FC 20 currently looks as follows:

Tonya Evinger vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Angela Hill vs. Kaline Medeiros
Herica Tiburcio vs. Simona Soukupova
Ashley Yoder vs. Amber Brown
Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Pam Sorenson
Lynn Alvarez vs. J.J. Aldrich
Stephanie Egger vs. TBA
Miranda Maverick vs. Samantha Diaz

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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Aldo vs. Lamas 2 and Ponzinibbio vs. Perry Added to UFC Winnipeg

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The UFC has added Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas 2, and Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Mike Perry to their UFC Winnipeg card on December 16th.

The two fights were announced as official today on the UFC’s Twitter account.

Aldo (26-3) last fought at UFC 212 in June, where he lost by third round TKO to Max Holloway. After being promoted to the undisputed 145-pound champion last November, he was looking to make the first defence of the title against Holloway.

Lamas first faced Aldo back in 2014 at UFC 169. Aldo, who was again featherweight champion at the time, defeated Lamas with ease winning by unanimous decision (49-46) on all scorecards. Lamas is on a two-fight winning streak after defeating both Charles Oliveira and Jason Knight with impressive finishes.

Since his last UFC loss to Lorenz Larkin back in 2015, Ponzinnibio (25-3) has won five consecutive fights. His most recent victory was a upset win over Gunnar Nelson in July at UFC Glasgow. There was some controversy after the fight, as replays seemed to show a short grab and several eyes pokes from Ponzinnibio before knocking out Nelson in the first round.

Mike Perry has taken the UFC by storm since making his debut for the promotion last August. Picking up four wins all by knockout, the only loss ‘Platinum’ suffered was too Alan Jouban by decision. Ranked at #9 in the welterweight division, a win over Ponzinnibio could definitely propel Perry into the top ten at 170-pounds.

With the additon of these two fantastic fights, the lineup for UFC Winnipeg is as follows:

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos – Welterweight bout
  • Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov – Light heavyweight bout
  • Antônio Rogério Nogueira vs. Jared Cannonier – Light heavyweight bout
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins – Flyweight bout
  • Chad Laprise vs. Galore Bafondo – Welterweight bout
  • Alessio Di Chirico vs. Oluwale Bamgbose – Middleweight bout
  • Vitor Miranda vs. Julian Marquez – Middleweight bout
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo – Lightweight bout
  • Nordine Taleb vs. Sultan Aliev – Welterweight bout
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Gokhan Saki vs Khalil Rountree JR Added to UFC 219

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Kickboxing superstar Gokhan Saki will make his return to the octagon just three months after his UFC debut, as he faces Khalil Rountree at UFC 219.

Saki (1-1 ) made a big statement at UFC Japan in September, knocking out Henrique de Silva with a devastating, statement making left hook.

Rountree (6-2) is a TUF-23 alumni. His UFC run started unsuccessfully losing two in a row including his TUF 23 contract fight. However, Rountree is now on a two-fight winning streak after picking up consecutive first round knockout victories against Paul Craig and Daniel Jolly.

After making his MMA debut in 2004, Saki signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC in May and was succesful in his return to the cage. Saki’s first round KO of de Silva earned him a Performance of the Night bonus.

Neither Saki or Rountree are currently ranked in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, so a win at UFC 219 could most certainly push either of the two in the top fifteen at 205-pounds.

With the addition of Saki vs. Rountree, your current line-up for the UFC 219 card on December 30th is as follows:

Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
* Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree – Light heavyweight bout

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