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Bec Rawlings welcomes Ashlee Evans-Smith to flyweight at UFC 223

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Bec Rawlings will look to turn around a three-fight losing streak when she faces Ashlee Evans-Smith at UFC 223.

Newsday.com confirmed the fight with a UFC official on Sunday.

Evans-Smith will make her first appearance in the Octagon as a UFC flyweight according to the report, having come up short against Ketlen Vieira and Sarah Moras in her last two outings as a bantamweight.

The Californian has gone 2-3 in the UFC since signing for the organization in 2014. Following her debut defeat at the hands of Raquel Pennington, she took a decision win over Marion Reneau and a third-round TKO victory over Veronica Macedo.

Rawlings had an unsuccessful debut in the 125-pound weight class when she came out of UFC Fight Night 121 on the wrong side of split decision to Jessica-Rose Clark. “Rowdy” made the decision to move up a division after losses at strawweight to Paige VanZant and Tecia Torres.

The Australian has amassed a record of 2-4 in the UFC after being signed on the back of her stint on The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned. Her wins came against Lisa Ellis — who she submitted in the first round of their clash at UFC Fight Night 65 — and Seo Hee Ham, who Rawlings bested over three rounds at UFC Fight Night 85.


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