Lacey Evans def. Taynara Conti in a First-Round Match

Taynara Conti vs. Lacey Evans - First-Round Match: Mae Young Classic, Aug. 28, 2017

Black belt judoka Taynara Conti faces "The Lady of NXT," Lacey Evans, in a showdown between two of the WWE Performance Center's elite athletes. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

The diversity of backgrounds of WWE Performance Center athletes was evident in this showdown between U.S. Marine-turned-“Lady of NXT” Lacey Evans and black-belt judoka Taynara Conti of Brazil. Conti, a newcomer to the ring, tossed Evans with an explosive throw and followed with textbook execution of a judo move known as “tomoe nage.”

However, the hard-nosed Evans fought past Conti’s flurry and nailed a handstand Bronco Buster variation before driving Conti neck-and-shoulder-first into the mat in the center of the ring with a vicious pinning combination. The innovative move paid off, and Evans scored the pin to advance to a Second-Round Match against Australia’s Toni Storm.

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