Sunday, September 04, 2016

Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Ashlee Evans-Smith vs Veronica Macedo

Here's the match video of Ashlee Evans-Smith vs Veronica Macedo from yesterday's UFC show in Hamburg, Germany. This fight aired on UFC Fight Pass. The last time we saw Ashlee she won by split decision over Marion Reneau. Not only was this fight terrible light sparring but it was suspected by many that the judges mixed up the fighters and came up with the wrong decision. I would have called it a no decision due to lack of action. Neither fighter deserved to win. Ashlee was supposed to fight Germaine De Randamie but Germaine got hurt. Veronica Macedo was born in Venezuela and she now lives in Poznan, Poland. She's 20 years old so she's inexperienced. She is also undersized for Bantamweight and Ashlee started out as a Featherweight. So I expected Ashlee to take advantage of that as she should. Veronica tried some things. None of them really worked and she looked like she was out of gas by the end of round one. Considering the short notice and Ashlee's size advantage, that was probably the wrong approach. She needed to pace herself better and maybe dart in and out with strikes. Ashlee easily won the first two rounds and she got a third round stoppage with some ground and pound. The one thing I learned from this fight is the UFC needs to start a Women's Flyweight division. And I expect them to do that in 2017. Veronica could be a real contender there. I'm not sold on Ashlee until she wins over a higher ranked fighter. The was supposed to be a second women's match on this show; Aisling Daly vs Michelle Waterson. The fight was scratched when both fighters got hurt. Enjoy the video.

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