“I’m extremely excited to be working with World Series of Fighting,” Evans-Smith said. “I’ve only heard great things from other fighters and coaches about the promotion, and I think it’s the perfect home for me in this next step of my career.
“A lot of exciting and entertaining fights will happen in 2014. World Series of Fighting, NBCSN and I are going to be making waves, for sure.”
Evans-Smith, a featherweight from Lake Forest, Calif., is riding a two-fight win streak, including an upset victory over transgender phenom Fallon Fox.
Evans-Smith's victory over Fox earned her the CFA women’s featherweight tournament title, as well as some newfound fame and fortune.
While she fought Fox at featherweight, Evans-Smith is expected to drop to 135 pounds while competing under the World Series of Fighting banner.
Evans-Smith signed a multi-fight, exclusive contract with World Series of Fighting, as did Emi Fujino, Tyler Stinson and light heavyweight star Teddy Holder.
“While our global growth has really been a big story in recent months, I think the real key to our future success is bringing exciting fighters to our promotion,” World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. “These four athletes all fit that description, and I look forward to watching each of them step into the World Series of Fighting decagon for the first time.”
Stinson is perhaps the biggest name on the list of new signees, as he is a veteran of some of the top promotions in the world. He has amassed an impressive 25-9 record while competing for Bellator and Strikeforce, among others.
“We had a few offers from different promotions, but World Series of Fighting seemed to make the most sense for me,” Stinson said. “Justin Gaethje is my teammate and my roommate, and he seems to be taken care of really well by the organization. I think it would be really cool to have both of the belts (welterweight and lightweight) at our house by the end of the year.”