Underdog Ashlee Evans-Smith put an end to the Fallon Fox hype train, scoring a hard-fought, third-round TKO win over the controversial transgender fighter.
The women's featherweight tournament final bout took place on the AXS TV-broadcast main card of Friday's Championship Fighting Alliance 12 event at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida. Evans-Smith earned a $20,000 bonus check for the tourney win.Evans-Smith once again worked her way into mount in the third and unloaded a non-stop barrage of strikes. Fox (3-1) tried to buck and roll but was unable to escape and was eventually saved by the referee at the 3:15 mark of the third round. An emotional Evans-Smith (2-0) fought back tears as she struggled to put her emotions into words.
"I'm at a loss for words," Evans-Smith told Pat Miletich. "I really don't know what to say."Championship Fighting Alliance 12 results include:
Champ Joshua Sampo def. Sam Thao via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) - for CFA flyweight title
Efrain Escudero def. Luis Palomino via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-29)
Ashlee Evans-Smith def. Fallon Fox via TKO (punches) - Round 3, 3:15 - women's featherweight tournament final
Valdir Araujo def. Romario Manoel da Silva via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 2, 4:09 - for vacant CFA welterweight title
Yoisdenis Cedeno def. Torrance Taylor via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) - for vacant CFA lightweight title