Following a unanimous decision win over Sarah D’Alelio in late 2013, Evinger returned to Invicta this past September and submitted Ediane Gomes with a vicious armbar in the first round of their bout.
“I did a full eight-week training camp and I think I came out and performed well,” said Evinger of her win over Gomes. “I did a lot to get ready for that fight because I knew I had to win to get a shot at that Invicta belt.”
Normally Evinger has shorter training camps, usually lasting around a month, so having more time to prepare for Gomes made a noticeable difference in her eyes.
“I definitely feel like I was in better shape,” Evinger told MMAWeekly.com. “I think I fight well no matter what, as long as I’m training, I’ll always perform really well. As long as I keep the cardio up, things go well for me.”
Evinger (14-5) will look to pick up her third Invicta win, and sixth overall, when she takes on debuting Cindy Dandois (5-1) on Dec. 5 in Houston.
“She hasn’t had a lot of fights, but she’s getting a lot of press behind her just for the people she’s beat,” Evinger said of Dandois. “It’s kind of hard to judge where she’s at. She hasn’t had a lot of competition. You can’t really judge how she does until she gets to the U.S.
“Everything just comes together when they come down to a different weight class. 135 pounds is a stacked weight class with a lot really good talent, and it’s just a different ball game when girls get down here.”
With her success in Invicta, Evinger feels she’s the woman to beat at 135 pounds with the vacant championship waiting for her to claim in 2015.
“I think that I’ve already taken out the top girls Invicta has at 135 pounds,” said Evinger. “I already think I’ve earned a title shot, so this is to just keep me busy and give (Dandois) the fight she didn’t get on the last Invicta card.
“I know they’re prepping some girls, and there’s a lot of up-and-coming 135-pound fighters, and nobody really knows where they stand, so they’ve got to give those girls a little bit of shine and see who is good enough to fight me for the title.”