Ashlee Evans-Smith Discusses the Controversy That Came With Fighting Fallon Fox
Posted by Larry Csonka on 10.22.2013
See what she had to say…
- Ashlee Evans-Smith recently spoke about her recent bout with Fallon Fox. Here are the highlights…
On Fans Against Fox: "People would tweet me things like, 'Go Ashlee, 'F--k him up,' or things of that nature. I didn't appreciate that. It didn't give me any boost to have the support of those people who were just against Fallon. It really didn't. It felt wrong."
On Fighting a Transgender Fighter: "I respect that. It's this weird feeling, like this love-hate relationship with the controversy," Smith said. "I love the fact that I'm getting this attention from the media and the fans. Otherwise, maybe it's 25 viewers to see Ashlee Evans-Smith versus Susie Johnson or whoever. But because it was against a transgender fighter, I got to show my skills to more people. It was an awesome thing to get to showcase that, but it was also very frustrating."
On Accepting the Opportunity: "What it came down to was, the opportunity was too big to pass up," Smith said. "If it would have been a one-fight contract – them saying, 'Hey, do you want to fight this transgender fighter?' – I probably would have said no. But this was a delicate situation. I'd entered the tournament, won my first round, and I felt like if I pulled out and didn't fight her I'd be letting her take that money and that title from me. I stayed in it not because I wanted to fight a transgender fighter, but because I felt like it was my time and my money. There was never a second where I wasn't going to fight her."
On Their After Fight Interaction: "I told her, 'I need you to know that this was never about hate or discrimination for me. This was business, and I wanted that money,'" Smith said. "She teared up and we hugged it out and then she left. It was a nice conclusion for me, because there was a lot of negative vibes leading into this, but that didn't make me excited or make me feel supported at all. It wasn't about that for me."