Norma Dumont’s beautiful striking dictates the pace of her fight against this evening. She easily secured her first UFC win with a win over veteran Ashlee Evans-Smith.
Although the UFC on ESPN 18 main event between heavyweights Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis was scrapped due to a positive COVID-19 test from Blaydes, the 10-fight card pushes on. A light-heavyweight bout between former title challenger Anthony Smith and Devin Clark headlines the event inside the UFC Apex tonight, Saturday, Nov. 28.
Welterweights Miguel Baeza and Takashi Sato will serve as the co-main event bout of the evening.
In a women’s bantamweight matchup, “Rebel Girl” Ashlee Evans-Smith looks to get back in the win column as she steps up from flyweight to take on Norma Dumont.
Evans-Smith, 2-3 in her last 5 outings enters this bout as the slight favorite over Dumont. Evans has a vast amount of experience over Dumont who started her professional career when Evans was already in the UFC.
Norma Dumont is looking for her first win in the UFC. After a rough debut, being stopped minutes into the first round, Dumont is eager to show the world what she’s truly capable of taking on the gritty veteran in Evans-Smith.
Here is how the woman’s bantamweight bout between Ashlee Evans-Smith and Norma Dumont went down at UFC on ESPN 18, including round by round scoring. For full results of the event, check them out right here.
Round 1: A slight feeling out process between these fighters as they exchange jabs and leg kicks for distance. Evans-Smith begins utilizing her feints to get Dumont to commit. Dumont doesn’t take the bait and keeps her hands moving. Evans-Smith uses her kicks to create distance before firing a combo upstairs. Dumont counters with a straight flush right hand that stops Smith in her tracks, momentarily. Dumont is doing a beautiful job piecing together her punches upstairs. Evans-Smith looks hesitant to get within range. When she does, she gets countered by multiple punches by Dumont. With a little over a minute left in the fight, Evans-Smith’s face is already bleeding. Dumont pressures Evans-Smith against the cage and begins teeing off with her punches upstairs. Nothing significant lands and Smith escapes and gets back to the center of the cage. Dumont switches levels to get the bout to the floor to secure round one.
MyMMANews scores round 1 for Norma Dumont. 10-9
Round 2: Evans-Smith throws a kick to the midsection that Dumont catches and returns a straight right down the pipe. Evans-Smith fakes the takedown to score punches to the head. Dumont switches levels and gets Evans-Smith to the mat. Dumont transitions from back control where she looks to secure Evans-Smiths neck. She works her way to full mount and scores some big punches from the top. Evans-Smith beautifully escapes and gets the fight back to their feet. Evans-Smith presses the action forward with punches to get back in the fight. However, Dumont is picking her shots with precision, and counter-punching Evans-Smith at her attacks.
MyMMANews scores round 2 for Norma Dumont. 10-9
Round 3: Evans-Smith begins to strike early in this round, knowing she has to get a stoppage. Mixing it up with punches and a head kick, Evans-Smith is staying in the contest but taking a lot of punishment due to Dumont’s counter-attacks. Mid round, Evans-Smith is stringing fluid combinations together. With time ticking, it could be too little too late. Dumont is staying on her back foot and letting Evans-Smith come to her, knowing she is ahead on the scorecards. Evans-Smith is on the attack but Dumont is picking her apart when she comes within reach. With seconds left in the fight, Dumont steps on the gas and throws heavy leather to the head for a potential last-second stoppage as Evans-Smith gets dropped by punches. Dumont jumps on Evans-Smith but couldn’t secure the finish as the final bell sounds.
MyMMANews scores round 3 for Norma Dumont. 10-9
Official Decision: Norma Dumont defeats Ashlee Evans-Smith via unanimous decision.
(All judges score the contest 30-26)
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