LA MIRADA, Calif. – If Tonya Evinger happens to upset Cristiane Justino on Saturday at UFC 214, expect an immediate rematch for the UFC women’s featherweight title.
Evinger (19-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who faces Justino (17-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) for the vacant belt at UFC 214, which takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and airs on pay-per-view, said her contract for the bout with “Cyborg” has a rematch clause.
Although that’s not unique in combat sports, it’s rarely – if ever – happened in the UFC. It’s part of the deal for this fight, though, and Evinger said it was the result of the work of George Prajin, who is the manager of both sides of the fight.
“Me and Cris have the same manager, so it’s just one of them things,” Evinger said at today’s UFC 214 open workouts. “I think he does a great job, and he knows what he’s looking for, and he’s experienced enough to know what I need if I do win this fight. I’m not obviously going to win the title then go down to 135, that makes no sense. I’ll fight 145, 135, 125, just to get as much fights in as a I can before I have to retire too old. I’m going to fight as much as they’ll give me opportunities.”
Evinger is a massive underdog at UFC 214, as is the case with almost every one of Justino’s opponents. Evinger, though, is riding a 10-fight winning streak and carries every bit of confidence she will win, and then the rematch, which would mark an incredible start to a UFC career that, at one point, looked like it would never come to be.
“There are probably girls in the sport better than everything that I am,” Evinger said. “I think what It comes down to, is I’m able to put it together and be a well rounded fighter. That’s part of it. I think I’m a really smart fighter, and over the years I’ve created a style that fits me, and I know what kind of fighter I am and where I need to fight to win fights.”