Report: Evans-Smith Out, Replaced by Kim against Antonina Shevchenko at ‘TUF 28’ Finale

An injury to a flyweight contender briefly shook up
“The Ultimate Fighter” 28 Finale
on Nov. 30 in Las Vegas, but
the promotion has already secured a replacement to salvage the
matchup.

According to ESPN, flyweight Ashlee
Evans-Smith
has been forced to withdraw from her bout against
Antonina
Shevchenko
due to an injury. Replacing her on short notice will
be Ji
Yeon Kim
.

Starting her career at featherweight, Evans-Smith spent most of her
career at bantamweight before dropping down to flyweight, where she
made her successful debut at the weight class by beating Bec
Rawlings
by decision this past April. Evans-Smith also holds a
win over current “TUF 28” competitor Marciea
Allen
at WSOF 10 in 2014.

Replacing Evans-Smith will be Kim, who dropped down to flyweight
this year following her decision loss to Lucie
Pudilova
. The move has largely proven successful, with “Fire
Fist” earning back-to-back split decision victories over Justine
Kish
and Melinda
Fabian
.

Kim will be facing Shevchenko, older sister of flyweight title
challenger Valentina
Shevchenko
, who will be making her Octagon debut. Undefeated in
six bouts, “Pantera” made her own successful drop down to flyweight
on Episode 11 of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, where
she knocked out Jaimelene Nievara with knees in the second round.
The victory in the main event of that episode earned the Tiger Muay
Thai standout an
Ultimate Fighting Championship
contract for her efforts.

“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 28 Finale will take place on Nov. 30,
headlined by a welterweight bout between Rafael dos
Anjos
and Kamaru
Usman
.

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