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.

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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