When the medical history of “The Queen of Swords” Fallon Fox was revealed, there were critics and fans who voiced their concerns that she would have a physical advantage of her opponents.
Whatever physical edges Fox may have, they did not matter to Ashlee Evans-Smith, who would defeat Fox in the finals of the CFA Women’s Featherweight tournament.
Evans-Smith, who was the underdog going into the fight, was nearly finished by Fox. She could control the second round and almost finish the match there. It wasn’t unto the third round when Evans-Smith escaped a heel-hook submission attempt from Fox and gain top position. Seconds after unleashing blow after blow, the referee stopped the fight and declared Evans-Smith the winner.
Evans-Smith not only captured the CFA Featherweight crown and a check for $20,000, but gave The Queen of Swords the first loss of her career.
It could be said that Evans-Smith was the dark horse going into the tournament. She ended her amateur run at 5-4, losing three of her four last matches.
In the opening round of the CFA tournament, Evans-Smith defeated Tori Adams in her first professional fight. Adams had submitted Evans-Smith back in 2011.
Prior to facing Fox, Evans-Smith would get a by after her scheduled opponent in the semi-finals did not make weight.
During this time, Fox’s hype was increasing; however she was also showing flaws in her fight game.
Fox is still fresh in her career. If she trains harder, she could rebound from this loss and continue to get better, but that is up to her.
As for Evans-Smith, the sky is the limit. If CFA is committed to developing their women’s 145 division, they would need to sign more featherweights to their roster, which should not be that hard. Despite the small number of 145-pound fighters competing in Invicta FC, the are plenty of women fighting at 145 in the United States and the rest of the world. Promoters just need to find them.
There is also a chance she could be signed by Invicta Fighting Championships.
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