Evinger Off Of UFC Austin Due To Injury
UFC Austin will have to undergo an unexpected shake-up as Tonya Evinger has been forced to withdraw due to injury.
Evinger, a former Invicta FC bantamweight champion, took to social media to confirm the cancellation of her February 18th bout against Marion Reneau after suffering an undisclosed injury.
— tonya evinger (@tonyaevinger) January 8, 2018
I'm just not ready to talk bout it all, I'm heartbroken and have nvr had an injury this bad. It's been an emotional wk for me and I've been crying over this for 4 days now so just give me a min to process everything and figure out what I'mma do.
— tonya evinger (@tonyaevinger) January 9, 2018
Evinger following her TKO loss to Cris Cyborg to crown the first featherweight champion at UFC 214, was expected to make her official 135-pound Octagon debut. Evinger racked up an 11-fight unbeaten streak from 2011 to 2017 at 135 pounds, that included wins over Irene Aldana, Yana Kunitskaya, and Colleen Schneider during her reign as Invicta FC champion.
Reneau has won her last three contests, highlighted by a pair of third-round stoppage wins over Milana Dudieva and Talita Bernardo. She also fought to a majority draw against one-time UFC title challenger Bethe Correia over that span.
UFC Austin takes place at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. A welterweight showdown between Donald Cerrone and Yancy Medeiros headlines the event, which also features James Vick vs. Francisco Trinaldo, Derrick Lewis vs. Marcin Tybura, Ray Borg vs. Brandon Moreno, and Sage Northcutt vs. Thibault Gouti, among other announced contests.