Behind the Scenes of Brad Pickett’s Heart Breaking Final Fight (video)




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Tonya Evinger Submits Yana Kunitskaya, Defends Bantamweight Title (Invicta FC 22 Results)

Tonya Evinger successfully defended her bantamweight title on Saturday night, defeating Yana Kunitskaya via submission at Invicta FC 22 in Kansas City, Mo.

Evinger locked on a rear-naked choke to retain the title, forcing her opponent to tap out at 4:32 of the second round.

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In the opening frame, Evinger forced the fight to the ground to earn the early advantage. However, she fought off an onslaught of submission attempts by Kunitskaya, angling out of a number of them before establishing top position. From there, she applied several punches to her downed opponent through the end of the round.

Evinger again brought the fight to the ground in the second round, but was forced to defend another submission attempt, this time a guillotine. After avoiding the sub, Evinger worked to gain her opponent’s back and cemented herself in that position. At that point, Kunitskaya did all she could to defend against the choke, but Evinger worked it in to force the tap late in the round.

With the win, Evinger improves to 19-5, 1 NC, while Kunitskaya drops to 9-3, 1 NC.

In the co-main event, Livia Renata Souza finished Ayaka Hamasaki in the opening round via strikes.

Souza, a former strawweight champion, blasted away at Hamasaki, the current atomweight champion, to set the pace early in the fight. In just 101 seconds, Souza picked up the technical knockout by landing a right hand that dropped her opponent, following that up with 10 consecutive strikes before the fight was called at 1:41 of Round 1.

Souza picked up the 10th win of her career with her victory over Hamasaki, who in defeat picks up only her second career loss.

Jodie Esquibel and DeAnna Bennett had a back-and-forth fight to the delight of the crowd. The result was a close one and ended up being a split decision. Esquibel walked away with the nod, picking up judges’ scores of 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28.

Other winners on the card included Ashley Cummins, Sunna Davidsdottir and Felicia Spencer, each picking up unanimous decisions, while Miranda Maverick stopped her opponent via armbar in the first round.

Full Invicta FC 22 Results:

Bantamweight Title: Tonya Evinger def. Yana Kunitskaya via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:32 of R2

Strawweight: Livia Renata Souza def. Ayaka Hamasaki via TKO (strikes) at 1:41 of R1

Strawweight: Jodie Esquibel def. DeAnna Bennett via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Atomweight: Ashley Cummins def. Amber Brown via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Strawweight: Sunna Davidsdottir def. Mallory Martin via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Strawweight: Miranda Maverick def. Kal Holliday via submission (armbar) at 3:01 of R1

Featherweight: Felicia Spencer def. Madison McElhaney via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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Michael Bisping: Anderson Silva is GOAT, but Everybody Has a Sell-By Date

Middleweight champion Michael Bipsing earned his title shot at UFC 199 against Luke Rockhold by defeating former titleholder Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night 84. Silva has been booked to face the fast rising Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 212 on June 3. If Gastelum can defeat Silva, he’ll move into contender status. Bisping gave his take on the UFC 212 co-main event during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight.

The 41-year-old Silva is coming off a decision win over Derek Brunson in his last outing.  The 25-year-old Gastelum is on a three-fight winning streak and is undefeated as a middleweight.  While Silva may be past his prime, Bisping warns that he’s still a very dangerous opponent. 

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Kelvin Gastelum vs Anderson Silva“Anybody that thinks Anderson is past it, they’d be in for a rude surprise. For Kelvin Gastelum, it’s very important that he doesn’t underestimate Anderson Silva. Anderson Silva still has the potential to knock anyone out,” said Bisping.  “In his last fight, we saw him.  It was a close fight, but Anderson still won the fight. I thought he could have won that fight a lot easier.”

The match-up is a bout between the past and the future.  The future eventually wins the battle, but he past never goes away easily. 

“Of course, Kelvin has youth on his side. I actually think he has momentum on his side as well. He has confidence on his side. Anderson, of course, we know that he’s a legend. He’s the greatest of all time, but everybody has a sell-by date,” said the champ.

“This is a great fight for Kelvin to prove that he’s possibly the next contender. And it’s a great fight for Anderson to prove that he still deserves to be considered among the elite.”

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