In what can only be described as a good old fashioned loser-leaves-town match, two UFC females will meet in the Fight Pass Prelims on the best UFC Pay-Per-View Card to date, UFC 223. Both are unranked and riding losing streaks, it is likely that only the winner will remain in the UFC, at least for the time being.
The other will be either be forced to retire, or go back to the minor leagues. Both are in a do or die situation career-wise, but the desperation to get back in the win column varies between the two.
"Rowdy" Bec Rawlings, for example has a 50/50 record and rides a 3-fight losing streak. A loss can surely mean her demise in the UFC. But the competitive edge certainly belongs to Rawlings. She hits much harder than Evans-Smith and has shown a more well-rounded skill set throughout her career. "The Rebel Girl" disagrees.
"She's pretty one-dimensional, she hasn't really developed or grown as a fighter in her career," she told Adam Hunter in a recent interview on the MMA Roasted podcast.
Evans-Smith is on a 2-fight losing streak as opposed to 3 like her opponent. The X-Factor is her case, however, is the agreed upon weight class. She will be attempting 125 for the first time after spending most of her career at Bantamweight and even fighting as heavy as 145 in the past.
"Rowdy Bec" on the other hand has fought at Flyweight previously, including some of her early fights. "Rebel Girl" insists that making weight will not be a problem. "The 125lb division came about and I said fuck it, let's try it out."