Tonya Evinger sealed her latest title defense with a kiss.
The Invicta women's bantamweight champion defeated Colleen Schneider via unanimous decision (49-45, 50-44, 50-44) in the main event of Invicta FC 17 on Saturday night in Costa Mesa, Calif.
At the conclusion of the fight, Evinger puked into a bucket, which has become something of a trademark for her over the last few years. Minutes later, the openly gay Evinger said she wanted to win MMA Moment of the Year and then proceeded to lay a kiss on the mouth of Invicta in-cage announcer Laura Sanko.
#InvictaFC17 pic.twitter.com/I51iW5b3YD— caposa (@GrabakaHitman) May 8, 2016
Sanko pulled backward, but seemed to laugh it off. The incident will be surely be a divisive one. The bout and aftermath aired live on UFC Fight Pass.
@WMMANews I literally don't even know what to say lol!!!!!!!! That was hilarious— Laura Sanko (@laura_sanko) May 8, 2016
Evinger is not a stranger to such behavior. In 2007, she said in the lead up to an EliteXC fight with Gina Carano that she wanted to kiss Carano.
"I'd like to make out with Gina, but I am here to knock her out," Evinger said at the time. "Either way she wants it, though, is fine with me."
Evinger (19-5), meanwhile, has won nine straight and has not lost a fight since falling to Sara McMann in 2011. She's the most dominant female fighter not in the UFC with Cris Cyborg competing next week at UFC 198.
It's all good! @tonyaevinger is a heck of a prankster but we are friends lol :-) #invictafc17 #IFC17 @InvictaFights pic.twitter.com/otNZGDP9bG— Laura Sanko (@laura_sanko) May 8, 2016