Welcome to CagedInsider’s coverage of UFC 223, a pay-per-view event that saw its card shaken up by:
- Main eventer Tony Ferguson getting injured a week ago;
- Max Holloway taking his place to face Khabib Nurmagomedov;
- Conor McGregor attacking a van and injuring Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg;
- Chiesa’s scheduled fight against Anthony Pettis getting scrapped, Borg’s fight against Brandon Moreno getting scrapped, and Artem Lobov’s fight against Alex Caceres getting scrapped (because screw him);
- Holloway being declared medically unfit to fight;
- A mad scramble by the UFC to find someone – anyone – to face Nurmagomedov, with the honor finally falling to Al Iaquinta (which killed his fight against Paul Felder).
Follow all that? In short, the lead-up to UFC 223 has been crazy.
So. Here we are, with a flyweight match-up between bantamweight Ashley Evans-Smith and strawweight Bec Rawlings, because why not.
From the outset, it’s clear that size and strength are going to be the biggest factor, with Evans-Smith pretty much bullying the Aussie around the cage, hitting her with every strike in the book (including spinning hook-kicks and reverse-elbows), and racking up points like Ms. Pac-Man eating dots.
Rawlings does her best to fire back, landing a well-timed right hand here and there, but she’s just too small, Evans-Smith is too aggressive, and both of their collection of tattoos just too regrettable.
Results: Ashley Evans-Smith def. Bec Rawlings via Unanimous Decision
Bec Rawlings drops to 0-4 in her past four fights with her last two at flyweight. If UFC doesn't keep her around, Invicta FC would be a good place to build back up again #UFC223
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) April 8, 2018