Antonina Shevchenko gets new opponent at TUF 28 Finale with Ashlee Evans-Smith out
Antonina Shevchenko has a new opponent for her UFC debut.
Ashlee Evans-Smith is out of the scheduled bout at the TUF 28 Finale on Nov. 30 in Las Vegas, sources confirmed with MMA Fighting. Shevchenko’s new opponent will be Ji Yeon Kim. The news was first reported by ESPN.
Shevchenko (6-0) beat Jaymie Nievara by second-round TKO on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in June to earn a UFC roster spot. The Kyrgyzstan native is the older sister of UFC star Valentina. Shevchenko, 33, is a decorated Muay Thai fighter and kickboxer, like her sibling.
Kim (8-1-2) is coming off a split decision win over Melinda Fabian at UFC Singapore in June. The South Korea native has won two in a row. Kim, 29, is the former DEEP Jewels women’s bantamweight champion.
The TUF 28 Finale is headlined by a welterweight contender fight between Kamaru Usman and Rafael dos Anjos. It will also host the finals of the Ultimate Fighter 28 tournaments, featuring heavyweight male fighters and featherweight female competitors.