REPORT: Tonya Evinger, Jodie Esquibel among 13 fighters removed from UFC roster

First reported by Tom Feely, the UFC has removed 13 fighters from it’s roster.

The removal from the online roster typically indicates a release from the promotion or the expiration of a fighter’s contract– however, keep in mind that this is not always the case and is a report rather than a confirmation.

Among the 13 names are bantamweights Tonya Evinger and Talita Bernardo, flyweight Isabela de Padua, and strawweight Jodie Esquibel.


Jodie Esquibel (6-6-0)

The former Invicta FC contender went 0-4 in the promotion after singing in 2017. She lost decisions to Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Jessica Aguilar, Angela Hill, and Hannah Cifers.


Isabela de Padua (5-2-0)

Brazil’s de Padua fought only once in the promotion, losing her debut to Ariane Lipski via unanimous decision in November. Soon after, she failed an in-competition and out-of-competition drug resulting in a two-year USADA sanction.


Talita Bernadro (5-4-0)

Brazil’s Bernardo went 1-3 in the promotion. She made a short-notice debut in 2017, losing to Marion Reneau via TKO in the last ten seconds of the bout. In between losses to Irene Aldana and Viviane Araujo, Bernardo won a unanimous decision over Sarah Moras.


Tonya Evinger (19-9-0, 1 NC)

The former Invicta FC bantamweight champion and one-time UFC title challenger entered the promotion in 2017, challenging Cris Cyborg for the featherweight belt at UFC 214. She subsequently moved back down to bantamweight, losing by TKO to Aspen Ladd and by unanimous decision to Lina Lansberg.


Source: Anton Tabuena, Bloody Elbow

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  1. so these girls were cut? Tonya Evinger too bad, i wish she was in the UFC earlier. she is a classic WMMA fighter – scrappy, butch lesbian, foulmouthed, funny. she followed me back on twitter and we had some great chit chats. Love you tonya!

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