Evans-Smith took it so far as to say she would have had to "sell some ovaries" to pay her rent, in the event that she lost to Fox.
"I was scared because I've never been without a job, but then I realized it meant more time to train for my fight," Smith said. "I wanted to win that money for a lot of reasons, but one of them was that if I didn't win I would have had to come home and sell some ovaries or something. I didn't know what I would have done. Now I was able to come home and pay some rent."
Evans-Smith said fighting Fox really had nothing to do with taking down a transgender fighter. It was more about earning an honest paycheck to pay her bills.
"People would tweet me things like, 'Go Ashlee, 'F--k him up,' or things of that nature," Smith told MMAjunkie.com. "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."
Smith is pleased that she elevated her brand from beating Fox, but she says it was never about hate or discrimination.
"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."
"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 added. "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."