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UFC Phoenix results: Andrea Lee outpoints Ashlee Evans-Smith in flyweight bout

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Andrea Lee was back to doing what she loves, and it showed.

The UFC flyweight from Texas was unfortunately in the headlines over the past several months due to an alleged domestic violence incident by her husband.

Sunday, though, the fighter returned to action and looked sharp. Lee used high-energy output to outpace a game Ashlee Evans-Smith at UFC Phoenix and improve to 2-0 in the UFC. The judges’ scores at Talking Stick Arena were 30-27 across the board for a unanimous decision.

The tone was set in the opening round, as Lee used good movement to dart in and out and land punches in combos to both the head and body. Evans-Smith, for her part, used solid kicks, but was met as often as not by counter combos.

In the second, Lee started jabbing at will and piecing up her opponent until Evans-Smith landed a much-needed takedown. Lee popped back to her feet, though, and resumed with her game plan.

The final round was similar to the second, with Lee often literally beating Evans-Smith to the punch. Evans-Smith scored a takedown in the closing seconds, but it was too little, too late.

The 30-year-old Lee improved 10-2 with her sixth consecutive victory. Evans-Smith (6-4) has now dropped three of her past four.

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