Sunday, December 07, 2014

Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Raquel Pennington vs Ashlee Evans-Smith

Here's the match video of Raquel Pennington vs Ashlee Evans-Smith from last night's UFC show in Las Vegas. Ashlee stepped in when Holly Holm pulled out due to a neck injury. Ashlee said in an interview earlier this week that the WSOF released her when the UFC came calling. She still has no idea why the WSOF signed her as they didn't seem to have any plans for her. We're seeing a lot of this with the WSOF because NBC dictates their schedule. Ashlee's record is 3-0 but she has plenty of amateur wrestling experience. Like her pal Carla Esparza, Ashlee is a four time collegiate All American in wrestling. Raquel was in The Ultimate Fighter 18 and she is probably better than her 4-5 record. She needs to avoid making mistakes. Ashlee took Raquel down where she wants her but inadvertently allowed her to get up. First mistake. Though Ashlee busted Raquel open with a knee, she goes for a headlock takedown. Second mistake. I was discussing this with someone during the Invicta show. A headlock takedown is a low percentage move that is likely to result in the opponent taking the back. The correct technique is to grab the head and the arm. It's a rookie move but Ashlee isn't a rookie and should know better. Raquel gets a takedown and on the way up, she hooks a bulldog choke and Ashlee goes to sleep as time runs out. The problem was Fox went to commercial immediately so we didn't know if the fight was over until the commercial break was over. This video is from a foreign source. There are no commercials. The end was at 4:59 of round one. A very good win for Raquel Pennington over a tough opponent. Enjoy the video!

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