Ashlee Evans-Smith
Gets max medical suspension
February 20, 2019
Evans-Smith has been suspended 180 days pending medical clearance by the Arizona State Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts Commission, reports.
While Evans-Smith was credited with two takedowns in the decision loss, she ended up absorbing 111 significant strikes, 47 of which landed on her head. The specifics of the injury were not disclosed, but Evans-Smith will now need to spend some time on the sidelines before booking another fight.
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Struggles to implement gameplan
February 17, 2019
Evans-Smith lost to Andrea Lee via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC on ESPN 1 on Sunday in Phoenix.
Evans-Smith really needed to get this fight on the ground. She tried and tried, but she was never really able to break through and control the fight on the floor. Evans-Smith had her moments on the feet, but Lee was much more active. In the end, Lee landed more often and landed the harder strikes, which clearly swayed the judges. Evans-Smith has now lost three of her last four fights in the UFC.
Finds new opponent
December 21, 2018
Evans-Smith will face Andrea Lee at UFC on ESPN on Feb. 17, reports.
Evans-Smith was originally scheduled to fight Lauren Murphy but Murphy had to withdraw with a lingering foot injury. Now 31 years old, Evans-Smith is 3-3 so far in UFC competitions and just 1-2 over her last three bouts.
Fight with Lauren Murphy off
December 19, 2018
Evans-Smith flyweight bout with Lauren Murphy at UFC on ESPN on February 17 has been cancelled as Murphy was forced to withdraw due to an ankle injury, reports.
Evans-Smith was looking to get in the octagon for the first time since having to withdraw from TUF 28 Finale in November. It's unsure if she will find a new opponent and remain on that card, or if she will be bumped back to a later date.
Withdraws from TUF 28 Finale
November 8, 2018
Evans-Smith suffered an undisclosed injury and will not fight Antonina Shevchenko at the TUF 28 Finale, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Details regarding Evans-Smith's injury are yet to be released. Shevchenko will now fight Ji Yeon Kim at the event on Nov. 30 in Las Vegas.
Booked for TUF 28 Finale
September 6, 2018
Evans-Smith is booked to fight Antonina Shevchenko in a flyweight bout at the TUF 28 Finale on Nov. 30 in Las Vegas, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Evans-Smith most recently put an end to her two-fight losing streak when she defeated Bec Rawlings via unanimous decision at UFC 223 back in April. It was her first flyweight bout after spending her entire career at either featherweight or bantamweight, and she now boasts a 3-3 record in the UFC. Her opponent, Shevchenko, boasts a spotless 6-0 record but will be making her UFC debut in November.