Tonya Evinger's first title defense came with an unconventional post-fight interview.
Following her bantamweight title bout in the main event of Invicta FC 17, Evinger kissed her interviewer Laura Sanko after saying she had thrown up in a bucket. Apart from that unusual moment, Evinger stated that she wasn't happy with her performance.
Happy or not, the 34-year-old bantamweight fighter did enough to defend her belt, relying on her wrestling and ground control to outpoint Colleen Schneider all throughout the fight. Even though this was Evinger's second fight since winning the Invicta FC bantamweight title back in July 2015, it was Evinger's first title defense since her opponent failed to make weight in her previous trip to the cage, making the fight a non-title bout.
Now, the Invicta FC bantamweight champion is enjoying a nine-fight wining streak that sets her record to 17-6. Evinger's last professional loss was against current UFC fighter Sarah McMann back in July 2011.
It was an action-packed fight that had the crowd cheering every round. In the first round of the fight, Souza found success on the ground, controlling Hill and threatening her with various submissions. However, Hill did a good job at defending Souza's submission attempts early on and began to take control of the fight, avoiding takedowns and landing solid shots on a weary Souza.
Hill defeated Souza via split decision to become the new Invicta FC strawweight champion and earning her third straight win since her UFC release back in November 2015.
Tweet handed Latoya Walker her professional loss via a flashy spinning back fist. Both featherweight fighters had their moments in the fight, but it was close to the four-minute mark that Tweet landed the deciding shot. Tweet clipped Walker with a spinning back fist, sending her stiff to the canvas. She then followed up with ground and pound on the unresponsive Walker. Herb Dean stopped the fight at 3:41 of round one, making the appropriate call, even though Walker complained about the stoppage.
With the arguably the best post-fight dance, Medeiros celebrated her victory over fellow Brazilian Aline Serio. Medeiros dominated her opponent by taking her down to the ground, improving positions, and ground-and-pounding her way to a second-round technical knockout win. In her post-fight speech, Madeiros made it clear she wanted to fight for Invicta FC gold against the winner of the co-main event strawweight title bout.
"Whoever wins the belt tonight, be ready because I am," Medeiros said.
Also, the Australian Anderson picked up an impressive win over Amanda Bell, earning the first finish of the night. With a series of head kicks and straight punches, Anderson stopped Bell in violent fashion with one second remaining in the first round. Anderson had a complete performance, dominating Bell on both the ground and the stand up. With this victory, Anderson improved her professional record to 6-2.