Friday, July 22, 2016

Germaine De Randamie vs Ashlee Evans-Smith added to Sept. 3 UFC show

The UFC announced this morning that Germaine De Randamie vs Ashlee Evans-Smith has been added to UFC Fight Night 93 Sept. 3 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Germaine is a championship caliber kickboxer from The Netherlands. Her MMA is shaky at best. She currently trains at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose. Germaine won her last two fights over subpar competition. She got to fight in front of her home town fans in The Netherlands but her opponent looked out of shape and Germaine won easily. There was talk that Germaine was going to challenge Cris Cyborg for her Invicta belt on a UFC show but Cris was bitten by a spider. I wouldn't mind seeing that because I think Germaine could give Cris a go. Germaine has said she would prefer to fight at 135. But money talks. Ashlee fought at 145lb when she beat Fallon Fox a few years ago. After losing her UFC debut to Raquel Pennington, Ashlee was on a one year drug suspension for diuretics. She returned earlier this year to win by split decision over Marion Reneau. Though it was a terrible fight, I scored it in Marion's favour. And so did a lot of others to the point that there was talk that the judges mixed them up. Neither fighter deserved to win. It was three rounds of light sparring. It does neither fighter much good when they do nothing for three rounds. I almost wish there was a no decision due to inactivity. Some fighters need a wake up call. Refs can warn fighters to step it up. John McCarthy will do that but most of them don't. The one good thing is Germaine gets to fight close to home again.

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