Per Brett Okamoto via Twitter, Antonina Shevchenko has received a new opponent for her official UFC debut at the TUF 28 Finale on Nov. 30 in Las Vegas.
Per sources, flyweight Antonina Shevchenko's (@AntoninaPantera) opponent at The Ultimate Fighter Finale on 11/30 has changed. Ashlee Evans Smith has suffered an injury. South Korean Ji Yeon Kim (2-1in the UFC) will fill in.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 8, 2018
After earning a UFC contract with a victory on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, the older Shevchenko sister was booked to face Ashlee Evans-Smith.
Okamoto reports Evans-Smith is out of the bout due to injury and South Korea’s Ji Yeon Kim will be filling in. Kim is 2-1 in the UFC and currently rides a two-fight win streak with wins over Justine Kish and Melinda Fabian.
Kim presents a different challenge than Evans-Smith does for Shevchenko. She is a boxer with solid fundamentals and good movement.
Would you rather have seen Evans-Smith versus Shevchenko, or are you happy with Kim vs Shevchenko?