Featured Preliminary Bout at UFC Vegas 15

Ashlee Evans-Smith
PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 20: Ashlee Evans-Smith steps on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at Stage AE on February 20, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Although the main event has gone through some changes due to Covid-19, there are still plenty of great fights on UFC Vegas 15 on ESPN+ Saturday 5 PM ET. Since the main card is getting all the love, let’s take a look at the featured preliminary bout between Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Norma Dumont. Both flyweights bring exciting fights, but unfortunately, each of them lost their prior bout.

Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Dumont Breakdown

Without a doubt, the UFC sees potential in Dumont, otherwise, they would not have paired her against Megan Anderson in her UFC debut. Unfortunately, Anderson’s pressure and striking overwhelmed Dumont early. However, many thought the longer the fight lasted the more it favored the Brazilian Dumont.  Specifically, because Dumont’s rear-naked choke has been a primary weapon in her fights and Anderson has struggled on the ground previously. Now, at UFC Vegas 15 she has the chance to redeem herself when she takes on the highly experienced, Smith.

Conversely, Smith has the experience advantage over Dumont. Since making her mixed martial arts debut in 2010, Smith has never been an easy out. Specifically, her top pressure poses problems for the division and she uses elbows effectively. In fact, she picked up a nasty finish over Marciea Allen using elbows to close out the show in her World Series of Fighting debut. Ultimately, those finishes would secure her a spot in the UFC. Undoubtedly, Smith has faced stiffer competition. Falling short in her UFC debut, Smith learned a lot from her loss to former title challenger, Raquel Pennington.

Flyweight Division’s Future What’s Next?

After the bout concludes, fans will have a new player in the flyweight division. Moreover, the division needs it now considering the dominance of champion, Valentina Shevchenko. Also, since the Brazilian only has one loss, fans get the chance to see how she will bounce back. While Dumont has the edge on the ground, many believe Smith has the advantage on the feet. Either way, it will be a great primer for the underrated card on November 28th.

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  1. Watcha been smokin’, Doug? The whole premise of your article is the potential of Norma at flyweight but she was nearly 5 pounds over the BW limit for her fight today. Her previous fight was at 1455. Both Ashley and Norma fight at 135 now, not 125, although given Ashley’s loss, she may be dropping back to 125..

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