Tonya Evinger vs. Pannie Kianzad

Rear-Naked Choke Radio: Invicta’s Laura Sanko

Laura Sanko, Invicta FC’s post-fight, in-cage interviewer, joined Jason Kelly (@JayKellyMMA) and Joe Rizzo (@RearNakedChoke) on this episode on RNC Radio to recap Invicta 14 and an abundance of other MMA-related topics.

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Sanko (@Laura_Sanko), who took on the media gig after winning her only Invitca fight, jumped into the role with little-to-no experience. Sanko has improved in leaps and bounds, and she said Invicta 14 was her best showing yet. The former atomweight combatant spoke about her growth in the position, some of her favorite moments and her signature look that had Twitter buzzing on Saturday night.


In women’s MMA, there is no more sought-after fight than UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey vs. Invicta FC featherweight Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. Sanko talked about the possibility of the bout, plus Justino’s fight at a catchweight of 140 pounds, scheduled for Invicta FC 15 in November. Sanko also gave her thoughts on Rousey’s next opponent, Holly Holm, who was abruptly placed in a title match ahead of Miesha Tate.

Shedding some light on Nick Diaz’s five-year suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for a marijuana-related failed drug test in a bout against Anderson Silva in January 2015, Sanko agreed with the masses that the penalty was a little harsh. Sanko also talked about the amount of mixed martial artists she thinks use marijuana in the sport, and how she feels about it being a banned substance.

As for Invicta, Sanko discussed the resurgence of bantamweight champ Tonya Evinger, the impressiveness of Andrea “KGB” Lee as of late, DeAnna Bennett’s couple of judges’ gifts (and her petting of Sanko’s hair), the retirement of Katja Kankaanpää and what the promotion has planned in the coming months.

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