We are previewing the upcoming CFA featherweight tournament with interviews with participants. The event will stream live on the Ustream for $8 this Saturday March 2.
Ashlee Evans-Smith is looking to turn pro and make a fresh start.
Having had a roller coaster of an amateur career, the Tuff-n-uff MMA vet will take on Tori Adams in the opening round. This is a rematch of their 2011 battle in which Smith loss. She is seeking redemption and making an impact in the 145 division.
Wombat Sports: You have a tough draw getting Tori Adams in a rematch of your last fight in 2011. How do you feel going into the match?
Ashlee Evans-Smith: I don’t really feel like it’s a tough draw. I feel like it’s an exciting opportunity for a rematch and to avenge a loss in from amateur career. I feel excited and confident. I got caught in an arm bar last fight I didn’t get demolished. LOL this is a fight that I was Hoping to get later in my pro career and this is actually a pleasant surprise.
Wombat: It has been a rough couple of fights going into your pro debut. What things have you been doing to help your game?
Smith: Yes I am coming off of a tough loss but that has not deterred me from feeling like I am a competent fighter who is ready to be on the pro level. Every fight, whether I win or lose makes me a better fighter; since i get right back in the gym and train just as hard and with the losses, usually harder.
I’ve been in the gym sharpening every tool I have and I think you will be able to tell when you see me fight Saturday night for CFA 10.
W.S.: This tournament will help build the 145 division, although some have stated they would be dropping to 135 at the tournament is over. Will you stay at 145 or is 135 a possibility?
A.S.:It IS nice to have a tournament at 146lbs however, I am one of the girls who has talked about dropping to 135lbs. I fought a catchweight at 140lbs and felt great. I think 135 is where I definitely belong, but when opportunity knocks you don’t close the door. You front kick the door down and win the tournament.
W.S.: CFA flew most of you out to their last event to promote the tournament. How has it been to work with them?
A.S.: CFA flew most of the girls out for their last promotion, CFA9 and it was a new and fun experience for me. I got to see how that promotion ran its events as well as meet some incredibly hospitable and friendly people who work for CFA. I made some good friends in just one weekend and I think having all the girls sit cageside and then introducing us at intermission was a great opportunity to promote the women’s tournament as well. So far I’ve had nothing but good experiences with CFA. They are a fun and professional promotion.
W.S.: Anything you’d like to add/thank?
A.S.: I’d like to thank CFA for letting me be a part of the tournament and doing such a great job of promoting women’s MMA. My amazing management team GBH and all of my great sponsors. Finally I wouldn’t be able to train fight or compete without all the love and help from my gyms & teammates at Innovative Results and Subfighter MMA. THANK U ALL SO MUCH.
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