UFC on ESPN 1 has added a flyweight bout against two ranked fighters, #11-ranked Andrea Lee and #13-ranked Ashlee Evans-Smith. News of the bout was originally reported by MyMMANews.com.
Andrea Lee is currently on a five-fight winning streak, which continued in her UFC debut last May, where Lee picked up the unanimous decision victory over Veronica Macedo at UFC Chile. Lee was originally scheduled to face Jessica-Rose Clark at UFC Milwaukee this past weekend, unfortunately weight-cut complications forced Clark off of the card.
Ashlee Evans-Smith is also coming off of a win after having lost two straight prior. Evans-Smith lost to current #3-ranked bantamweight Ketlen Vieira and then Sarah Moraes. Evans-Smith’s only 2018 bout was against Bec Rawlings at UFC 223, with Evans-Smith earning the unanimous decision in her flyweight debut. Both Evans-Smith and Andrea Lee will be looking to go 2-0 in the UFC’s flyweight division come February.
UFC on ESPN 1 takes place from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. The targeted main event for the card is the returning Cain Velasquez vs. Francis Ngannou. Should that bout be finalized, the UFC on ESPN 1 card would contain the following bouts:
Cain Velasquez vs. Francis Ngannou
Jimmie Rivera vs. Aljamain Sterling
James Vick vs. Paul Felder
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Cortney Casey
Bryan Barberena vs. Vicente Luque
Andre Fili vs. Myles Jury
Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie
Andrea Lee vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
Jessica Penne vs. Jodie Esquibel
Aleksandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire
Scott Holtzman vs. Nik Lentz
Luke Sanders vs. Renan Barão
Manny Bermudez vs. Benito Lopez
Who gets the win? Andrea Lee or Ashlee Evans-Smith?