Ashlee Evans-Smith and Taila Santos Bout Set for UFC Montevideo

UFC Montevideo Ashlee Evans-Smith Talia Santos
Ashlee Evans-Smith Credit: Jeff Sherwood/

Ashlee Evans-Smith is set to return to the Octagon to take on Brazilian prospect Taila Santos at UFC Montevideo in August.

UFC Montevideo is just getting its first batch of matches announced. Earlier today, it was reported by Combate that women’s flyweight contenders Ashlee Evans-Smith and Taila Santos were added to the card. The fight takes place on August 10 in Montevideo, Uruguay. There is no venue for the card in place at this moment.

Evans-Smith is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Andrea “KGB” Lee in January. Ashlee Evans-Smith was originally scheduled to face off with Lauren Murphy before Murphy was forced out of the fight with an injury. Evans-Smith’s last win was over Bec Rawlings in April of last year. She was slated to face off with Antonina Shevchenko at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale before pulling out the fight with an injury of her own. Evans-Smith is looking to end the tough run of injuries that’s plagued either her or her opponent in her previous year with a win at UFC Montevideo.

Taila Santos, on the other hand, is the hot young prospect coming in from Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. While her promotional debut didn’t go her way, Santos is still 15-1 with nine finishes. She will be looking to notch her first win in the world’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion and begin her path to facing the current champ, Valentina Shevchenko.

UFC Montevideo isn’t near finished being put together yet. The only other announced bout on the card is a flyweight bout between Raulian Paiva and Rogerio Bontorin. Being a flyweight bout, the division has been receiving cuts from the promotion lately. Currently, there are 12 flyweights on the roster, not enough to fill out the top 15. UFC Montevideo will undoubtedly have more fights added to it. Stay posted to Cageside Press for all the latest fight announcements regarding the card.


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