Per sources, flyweight Antonina
opponent at The Ultimate Fighter Finale on 11/30 has changed.
Ashlee Evans Smith has suffered an injury. South Korean Ji Yeon Kim
(2-1in the UFC) will fill in.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN)
November 8, 2018
An injury to a flyweight contender briefly shook up
“The Ultimate Fighter” 28 Finale on Nov. 30 in Las Vegas, but
the promotion has already secured a replacement to salvage the
Starting her career at featherweight, Evans-Smith spent most of her
career at bantamweight before dropping down to flyweight, where she
made her successful debut at the weight class by beating Bec
Rawlings by decision this past April. Evans-Smith also holds a
win over current “TUF 28” competitor Marciea
Allen at WSOF 10 in 2014.
Replacing Evans-Smith will be Kim, who dropped down to flyweight
this year following her decision loss to Lucie
Pudilova. The move has largely proven successful, with “Fire
Fist” earning back-to-back split decision victories over Justine
Kish and Melinda
Kim will be facing Shevchenko, older sister of flyweight title
Shevchenko, who will be making her Octagon debut. Undefeated in
six bouts, “Pantera” made her own successful drop down to flyweight
on Episode 11 of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, where
she knocked out Jaimelene Nievara with knees in the second round.
The victory in the main event of that episode earned the Tiger Muay
Thai standout an
Ultimate Fighting Championship contract for her efforts.