Ashlee Evans-Smith Makes UFC Debut Against Raquel Pennington at UFC 181

UFC newcomer Holly Holm was set to make her highly-anticipated debut against Raquel Pennington at UFC 181. Unfortunately, a neck injury forced Holm out of the fight. The UFC decided to keep Pennington on the card in hopes of finding her a replacement opponent, which they’ve successfully done.

The UFC have announced that Pennignton’s replacement opponent is newly signed Ashlee Evans-Smith, who is 3-0 in her pro MMA career and is known for defeating highly-controversial fighter, Fallon Fox.

Evans-Smith most recently fought at WSOF 10 and defeated Marciea Allen by third round TKO.

Raquel Pennington has a pro MMA record of 4-4. She is 1-1 in the UFC’s Octagon and is coming off a loss to Jessica Andrade back at UFC 171.

UFC 181 takes place on December 6th, 2014 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

UFC 181 Fight Card

Main Card

  • Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler – Welterweight title
  • Anthony Pettis vs. Gilbert Melendez – Lightweight title
  • Travis Browne vs Brendan Schaub
  • Raquel Pennington vs Ashlee Evans-Smith
  • Tony Ferguson vs Abel Trujillo


  • Urijah Faber vs Francisco Rivera
  • Eddie Gordon vs Josh Samman
  • Corey Anderson vs Jonathan Wilson
  • Todd Duffee vs Anthony Hamilton
  • Matt Hobar vs Sergio Pettis
  • Clay Collard vs Alex White