It has been a frustrating two years for former ranked fighter Tonya Evinger. After having match offer after match offer fall through, Evinger was lethargic when it came to her career in the sport, until Elaina Maxwell had to drop out of her match with # 10 ranked Alexis Davis at the Raging Wolf MMA card this coming Saturday in Niagara Falls, NY due to an ear rupture. Initially, Evinger was offered the fight before Maxwell, but balked at the opportunity.
“I originally had this fight, but had to turn it down,” Evinger explained, “due to planning and negotiations and stuff. Things started to get shuffled around, so it didn’t seem realistic to me. I’m glad I got it. I really want to fight for this promotion.”
Evinger was on Fighter girls this week to discuss her road back to the cage, and told us that Ken Shamrock has a huge influence on her when it comes to her MMA career.
“When he’s in my corner, he does nothing but build me up to where my head needs to be before I fight. You gotta have a somebody in your corner that you have respect for; that you want to fight hard for. Someone you want to impress.”
Shamrock won’t be cornering Evinger in the fight, but MMA fighter Michelle Ould, someone she respects just as much, will be backing her friend and training partner. Ould, who has been training for her own match against Zoila Frausto on May 16 at the Eagle Mountain Casino in California, has been using Evinger as a training partner, and when this match came about, Ould has been returning the favor.
“I am in shape, and I am so glad she made me train with her,” Evinger remarked. “She makes me train every single day.”
Evinger wants to be back in the mix of the huge 135 pound division, citing she wants matches with Miesha Tate and Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman. She must face a tough Alexis Davis first and hopes that working for Raging Wolf and a huge win will help her reach the top of the mountain.
“I am trying to stay positive for this fight,” Evinger said. “I have been out of the game for a while, and hopefully I can get going with (Raging Wolf). That’s what they say they’re going to do, so I can keep coming back and fighting.”
“I just want to fight. Give me notice and I will be in good shape and put on a great fight.”