It has been a rough couple of weeks for Ashlee Evans-Smith.
The up-and-coming bantamweight was choked out by Raquel Pennington in her Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut at the UFC 181 event last month in Las Vegas, Nevada. Not long after, she tested positive for diuretics and could face suspension from Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
From MMA Fighting:
[Manager Mike] McLeish said Evans-Smith is "embarrassed" by the charge and he doesn't get why she is facing discipline while Jon Jones is not for testing positive for cocaine a month before his fight at UFC 182.
"It's not performance-enhancing or anything," McLeish said of diuretics. "I don't understand why they're talking about her doing diuretics, but Jon Jones did cocaine and nothing is happening to him. Cocaine is okay, because it's out of competition? He was in training camp."
Jones tested positive for cocaine metabolites prior to UFC 182, but won't face any disciplinary action because he was out-of-competition, despite already starting training camp and having less than a month to go before fight night.
Hey, you can't fight city hall
Evans-Smith will certainly try, as she is slated to call into the NSAC meeting on Jan. 12, where she will have a chance to state her case and try to get to the bottom of her positive result -- as well as why the commission mailed it to the wrong address.
See you on Monday.