Invicta FC 20 Betting Odds

invicta-fc-20Laura Sanko probably has November 18th circled on her calendar. This Friday will be her opportunity to get another kiss from Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger, vomit and all. Of course, Tonya Evinger will have to get past her latest title challenger, Russian Yana Kunitskaya, before any extracurriculars occur. Evinger brings a nine-fight winning streak into this bout, having stopped four of her last five during that run, and cementing herself as perhaps the best female fighter outside of the UFC. Kunitskaya has won seven of her last eight, and brings some dangerous power into the cage, as seven of her nine wins have come by TKO. Invicta FC 20 has a second championship bout in the strawweight division. Angela Hill puts her belt on the line against Kaline Medeiros after taking a close decision against Livia Renata Souza to capture the title. Prior to that, Hill put on impressive TKO performances in her first two Invicta bouts. Medeiros has experienced the best success of her career as she moves into her late 30’s. Her five straight wins earned her this opportunity, and she’s undefeated since dropping to 115. Further down the card, former atomweight champion Herica Tiburcio looks to rebound after a pair of consecutive losses, and Bellator matchmaker Julie Kedzie seems to have obliged her by bringing in 39-year-old 5-4-1 fighter Simona Soukupova as her next opponent. Finally, former atomweight title challenger Amber Brown will be hoping to start her climb back up the contendership ladder against TUF competitor Ashley Yoder. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened the betting odds for Invicta FC 20 today at Several Bookmakers. Take a look: ——————– Invicta FC 20: Evinger vs. Kunitskaya NOVEMBER 18, 2016 Scottish Rite Temple | Kansas City, Missouri MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 8pm ET) Bantamweight Title: Yana Kunitskaya +435 Tonya Evinger -705 Strawweight Title: Kaline Medeiros +335 Angela Hill -505 Simona Soukupova +435 Herica Tiburcio -705 Ashley Yoder +205 Amber Brown -285 ——————– Brad’s Analysis: The days of getting Tonya Evinger as a dog or slight favorite are long, long gone. She’s the last man standing in Invicta’s bantamweight division, and that’s not a typo. I say it because she fights with a grit and mean streak that is lacking in quite a few female fighters. That makes her an extremely difficult matchup for her most talented foes, and now Invicta has been reduced to bringing fighters in fresh off the street to challenge her. Kunitskaya has some power but she’s not going to take Evinger out with one punch, and that means she’s going to end up on her back. I don’t think she can deal with Evinger’s relentless top game, and I expect to see another finish in a dominant title defense. Technically and physically, Angela Hill has already had success against superior fighters to Kaline Medeiros. Medeiros is a pretty solid grinder, but Hill has developed her takedown defense, and is too good of an athlete to get controlled the same way she did against Tecia Torres. That means Medeiros is going to have to strike with Hill, and I don’t expect that to be close in the slightest. Another mismatched fight features an excellent grappler in Herica Tiburcio against journeywoman Simona Soukupova. Soukupova has been in the cage with some solid opponents, but has never beaten one. She’s experienced enough not to get finished, but I don’t think she has much success against Tiburcio unless she can keep this fight standing. Judging from the limited tape I’ve seen, she won’t be able to. Ashley Yoder is probably a bit more well-known in this fight because of her stint on TUF, but Amber Brown is the better fighter. Brown’s striking still has a long way to go, but unless the training on TUF really accelerated Yoder’s development, she is almost exclusively a grappler. In that sort of situation, I’ll pick the more experienced fighter who has fought the better competition 99 times out of 100.

Written by Brad Taschuk

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