Ashley Yoder is excited to be back in the cage just 4 months since her unanimous decision loss to Angela Hill. Yoder is a veteran of The Ultimate Fighter and Invicta, joining the UFC roster at a record of (5-1)
“I lost my last fight,” Yoder stated. “Not making excuses but it being moved and all of that didn’t help me. Not fun getting your ass beat for 15 minutes, but I feel like it lit a fire under my ass. Probably my worst performance to date in the UFC, and it lit a fire.”
Yoder is excited to showcase that fire that was lit, and to prove the doubters wrong. With only winning 1 of her last 4, Yoder knows that her back is against the wall in this one.
“Having a fight like that, when you know you are capable of more,” Yoder began. “I want to prove it to myself, to everybody, I know I’m better than that performance. You are always under pressure in the UFC, but I’m excited with the pressure to prove it all to myself, my fans and the UFC.”
Yoder will meet Jihn Yu Frey in the cage at the UFC Apex this weekend. Yoder believes this will be a matchup you can’t miss as a fan. Frey is a former Invicta Champion, and Yoder has trained with former opponents of Frey.
“She’s an Invicta champion,” Yoder told MyMMANews. “I’ve trained with Ashlee Cummings who fought her, so I know a little about her. Frey is a great competitor and a tough fighter so I am excited to test myself in the cage with her.”
Ashley Yoder has now competed professionally 15 times, of those 15 bouts only 5 were not in Invicta or the UFC, not including her TUF battles which are recognized as exhibition bouts. Yoder has continued to grow on the fly, on the biggest stages, against the toughest of competition.
“I go to the gyms,” Yoder began. “They look up to me, a UFC veteran, but I don’t feel that, I am still trying to learn from all of my coaches and training partners. This camp was different for me, more confidence, more comfortable in a fighting aspect. I’ve always learned on the job, this camp in a way I went back to the basics. I’m falling in love with the sport again.”
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