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Tonya Evinger and Lina Lansberg have shared multiple opponents in the past, but it’s now time for them to take on each other. Their women’s bantamweight affair will fire up the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden, for UFC Fight Night 153. Take a peak into their featured bout through these significant numbers.
Professional experienceBoth are aged 37, but Evinger is the more experienced fighter with 26 professional bouts. Before the Ultimate Fighting Championship, “Triple Threat” has had stints with Invicta Fighting Championships, Titan Fighting Championships, EliteXC and various other regional promotions. She currently sports a record of 19-7, with notable victories over Irene Aldana and Yana Kunitskaya. Evinger was also part of “The Ultimate Fighter 18,” where she lost to Raquel Pennington in the preliminary round.
Coming from an extensive professional kickboxing background, Lansberg made her pro mixed martial arts debut in 2012 -- more than six years after Evinger made hers. She lost that maiden bout to Pannie Kianzad but bounced back by winning her next five. In all, she holds a record of 8-4.
Finishing rateIn Lansberg’s eight professional triumphs, four came by KO or TKO, making for a 50 percent finishing rate. Her victims include Emma Delaney, Laura Howarth, Alexandra Buch and Maria Hougaard Djursaa. Two of those also came inside the first round. Evinger has a higher finishing rate of 79 percent, tallying eight wins by KO or TKO and seven by submission.
Both Evinger and Lansberg had the unwelcoming task of facing Cris
Cyborg in their respective UFC debuts. Evinger met Cyborg for the
vacant UFC women’s featherweight championship at UFC 214 two years
ago. That time, she had just defended the Invicta FC bantamweight
title and was looking to add a UFC strap on her waist.
Unfortunately, she was dominated by Cyborg, who delivered some
fight-ending knees early in the third round to win the title.
Lansberg had met Cyborg earlier in a catchweight bout in 2016. In their encounter, Lansberg was completely shut down by the Brazilian, who never let her breathe with continuous knees, punches and elbows, opening her up early in round one. The second round was pretty much a repeat of the first, only this time, Lansberg couldn’t take the beating and eventually folded at 2:29.
The story was a little different against Lansberg, who made a good account of herself in round one. The “Elbow Queen” used her dreaded clinch game to unleash elbows in close range. But then in round two, Ladd opted for a takedown and eventually found her way to the mount position. From there, she rained down punches until referee Lukasz Bosacki stopped the fight at 2:33.