Ashlee Evans-Smith is not a fan of Bec Rawlings, she believes her upcoming opponent gives MMA a bad name.
Smith (5-3) will make her flyweight debut on April 7’s UFC 223 early preliminary card. The “Rebel Girl” believes she has been undersized at bantamweight and is confident she has the ability to become a world champion when fighting against women in the 125-pound weight-class.
The 30-year-old has previously revealed that her coaches are “unimpressed” with her upcoming opponent, Bec Rawlings, admitting that gameplanning has been “easier” than normal for this fight. However, in a recent interview with Fightful’s James Lynch, Smith didn’t hold back and revealed exactly why she doesn’t like Rawlings.
“I just don’t like the girl that much at all. She’s a really bad depiction and role model for women’s MMA. She’s raunchy to put it lightly. She uses sexuality way too much. I’ve posted a few risque pictures, but she overdoes it. It’s shocking to me, she has children, too. My nickname is ‘rebel girl,’ and I’d love to cuss all the time and post pictures that are a bit risque, but I don’t because there are boys and girls that look up to us. I take that into consideration and I don’t think so at all. I think she’s given MMA a bad name in general,” said Evans-Smith.
“She’s kind of a shit talker, and a lot of the time she can’t back it up, which is embarrassing to me. Sometimes I wanna talk trash, but then I’m like ‘ooh, it’s MMA, anything can happen.’ I’m not gonna talk trash in this fight and get spinning heel kicked and look like an [idiot]” she continued.
UFC 223 takes place on April 7 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, United States. The early preliminary card featuring Rawlings vs. Evans-Smith will be aired live on UFC Fight Pass from 6:15pm EST.