Ashlee Evans-Smith stole the show at CFA 12, handing transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox her first loss as a professional mixed martial artist at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla.
Heading into their Oct. 12 CFA 12 bout, Ashlee seemed like another handpicked opponent for Fox, sporting a 1-0 pro MMA record after going 4-4 as an amateur.
The oddsmakers didn't give Evans-Smith much of a chance, either, listing her as a +425 underdog.
However, Ashlee Evans-Smith came out with the confidence of a champion, taking the fight to Fallon early in the opening round. Fox managed to turn things around midway through the first, coming close to putting her opponent away with a vicious barrage of hard knees and hooks against the cage. But Evans-Smith survived her onslaught.
She regained control of the fight during the second round, controlling the majority of the action with her wrestling, pounding away at Fox's face as the round came to an end.
Her ground-n-pound was so intense, for a moment, many, including Ashlee, who was already celebrating, thought the fight had been stopped when referee James Warring pulled her off Fox at the end of the second. However, Warring cleared things up, setting the stage for an entertaining third round.
Ashlee Evans-Smith went right to work during the third, eventually putting Fallon on her back, transitioning to mount. Once again, she pounded away at Fox's face, forcing Warring to step in and stop the fight at 3:05 of round three.
"Fallon, thank you for the opportunity," an emotional Evans-Smith said during the post-fight interview with Pat Miletich. "She put up a really good fight. You have to work hard. It all comes from working hard. If you don't work hard, it's not going to pay off. … All my teammates beat the crap out of me to prepare me for this fight and it worked. I just mounted her and threw punches."
If you missed the action at CFA 12, here are the highlights.
With the win, Ashlee becomes the CFA female featherweight champion, snags an extra $20,000, and earns the respect of MMA fans around the world.
Following Ashlee's upset victory against Fox, former UFC fighter Efrain Escudero edged out a unanimous decision over Luis Palomino, while CFA flyweight champ Joshua Sampo successfully defended his belt against Sam Thao, winning via unanimous decision.
Remaining CFA 12 results:
Valdir Araujo def. Romario Manoel da Silva (guillotine choke, round two) - for welterweight title
Yosdenis Cedeno def. Torrence Taylor (split decision) - for lightweight title
Sabah Homasi def. Mike Trujillo (TKO, round one)
Colby Covington def. Jose Caceres (unanimous decision)
Leo Valdivia def. Felix Penalver (unanimous decision)
Bentley Syler def. Wascar Cruz (unanimous decision)
Diego Peclat def. Rico Farrington (unanimous decision)
Hayder Hassan def. Jason Jackson (TKO, round three)