Ashley Yoder

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Ashley Yoder
Born (1987-10-20) October 20, 1987 (age 30)
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States[1]
Other names Spider Monkey[2]
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 115 lb (52 kg; 8 st 3 lb)
Division Strawweight
Reach 69 in (175 cm)[1]
Style Wrestling, Boxing, BJJ,Kickboxing[3]
Fighting out of Temecula, California, United States
Team Team Quest[2]
Rank Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Feliciano[1]
Years active 2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 8
Wins 5
By submission 4
By decision 1
Losses 3
By decision 3
University Indiana University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ashley "Spider Monkey" Yoder (born October 20, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist and competes in Strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[1]


Yoder was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. At the age of three, her parents got divorced. and she and her brother were raised by her mother. During her high school years, Yoder was involved in cheerleading, dance and competed in track and field.[4] She attended Indiana University and received two Bachelor's Degrees in Criminal Justice and African American Diaspora Studies. Prior to starting to fight professionally, Yoder worked as a lifeguard.[1]

On her 18th birthday, Yoder lost her brother in a car accident, followed by the death of her cousin two years later. She started training in MMA after a friend introduced her to the combat sport. Yoder only fell in love with mixed martial arts after she had her first fight. Prior to that, she mainly used MMA as a channel to vent out her anger of the loss of her brother.[3]

Yoder participated in the UFC The Ultimate Fighter 20 tryout, but did not make the cut to be a cast member. She attempted to make it into the show again in April 2016, trying out for TUF 23. Yoder was chosen to appear on that season of TUF,[4] and was signed by UFC later that year.[5]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Yoder fought most of her fights in the California circuit under BAMMA USA, Invicta and Gladiator Challenge promotions and amassed a record of 5-1 prior joining UFC.[6][5]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Yoder competed in strawweight card[7] under Joanna Jędrzejczyk's team in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in April 2016, produced reality television series The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 23, also known as The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia.[8][9] Yoder took on Jodie Esquibel on round 1[10] and she edged over Esquibel and won the fight via split decision.[11] Yoder moved on to face Kate Jackson on Elimination Round and she lost the fight via unanimous decision of (20-18, 20-18, 20-18).[12][13]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Yoder made her promotional debut on December 9, 2016 at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov in Albany, New York against Justine Kish.[14] At the weight-in Kish came in at 116.4 Ibs, over the strawweight limit of 116 Ibs, and she was fined 20% of her pay to Yoder.[15] She lost the fight via unanimous decision with the scorecards 29-28 across the board.[16]

Yoder faced Angela Hill on July 7, 2017 at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.[17][18] She lost the fight by unanimous decision.[19]

Yoder faced promotional newcomer Mackenzie Dern on March 3, 2018 at UFC 222.[20] She lost the fight via split decision.[21]

Yoder is scheduled to face Amanda Cooper on November 10, 2018 UFC Fight Night 139.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Yoder is a dog lover and owns a dog named "Beth".[4]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 5–4 Mackenzie Dern Decision (split) UFC 222 March 3, 2018 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 5–3 Angela Hill Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale July 7, 2017 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 5–2 Justine Kish Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov December 9, 2016 3 5:00 Albany, New York, United States
Win 5–1 Amber Brown Submission (armbar) Invicta FC 20: Evinger vs. Kunitskaya November 18, 2016 2 2:31 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Catchweight (117 lbs) bout; Yoder missed weight.
Win 4–1 Angela Danzig Submission (armbar) BAMMA USA: Badbeat 17 October 2, 2015 1 4:50 Commerce, California, United States
Win 3–1 Liz Tracy Decision (split) BAMMA USA: Badbeat 16 June 9, 2015 3 5:00 Commerce, California, United States Catchweight (118 lbs) bout.
Win 2–1 Misha Nassiri Submission (armbar) BAMMA USA: Badbeat 14 January 9, 2015 1 1:02 Commerce, California, United States
Loss 1–1 Maria Rios Decision (unanimous) BAMMA USA: Badbeat 13 October 10, 2014 3 3:00 Commerce, California, United States
Win 1–0 Catalina Madril Submission (armbar) Gladiator Challenge: Uprising February 1, 2014 1 0:15 San Jacinto, California, United States


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Ashley Yoder - Official UFC Profile". Retrieved July 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Ashley Yoder ("The Spider Man") | MMA Fighter Page | Tapology". Tapology. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  3. ^ a b Bamma USA (2014-09-23), Ashley Yoder Badbeat 13 Pre Fight Interview, retrieved 2017-06-30 
  4. ^ a b c MMAViewpoint (2016-12-01), MMA Viewpoint Podcast - Episode 84 - UFC Strawweight Ashley Yoder - December 1, 2016, retrieved 2017-06-30 
  5. ^ a b "Invicta FC 20's Ashley Yoder makes quick turnaround for UFC Albany". My MMA 2016-11-23. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  6. ^ "Ashley". Sherdog. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  7. ^ "Cast revealed for 'The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Claudia' | FOX Sports". FOX Sports. 2016-04-06. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  8. ^ "Champ Jedrzejczyk, Gadelha announced as 'TUF 23' coaches, rematch on July 8". MMAjunkie. 2016-01-18. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  9. ^ "Jedrzejczyk, Gadelha Coach TUF 23, Rematch July 8". Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  10. ^ "Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 23: Team Joanna vs. Team Claudia'". MMAjunkie. 2016-04-21. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  11. ^ "The Ultimate Fighter 23: Free Fight - Ashley Yoder vs Jodi Esquibel Full Fight MMA Video". MMA-Core. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  12. ^ "Episode No. 9 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 23: Team Joanna vs. Team Claudia'". MMAjunkie. 2016-06-16. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  13. ^ "Ashley Yoder vs. Kate Jackson, The Ultimate Fighter Season 23 | MMA Bout Page | Tapology". Tapology. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  14. ^ "Justine Kish meets newcomer Ashley Yoder at UFC Fight Night 102 in Albany". MMAjunkie. 2016-11-23. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  15. ^ "UFC Fight Night 102 weigh-in results: Derrick Lewis (265.6), Shamil Abdurakhimov (253.8) official". MMAjunkie. 2016-12-08. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  16. ^ "UFC Fight Night 102 results: Relentless Justine Kish pushes past Ashley Yoder". MMAjunkie. 2016-12-10. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  17. ^ Staff (2017-07-05). "Tom Gallicchio vs. James Krause joins Dhiego Lima vs. Jesse Taylor to complete TUF 25 Finale lineup". Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  18. ^ "Angela Hill vs. Ashley Yoder among four bouts added to TUF 25 Finale". MMAjunkie. 2017-05-06. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  19. ^ "TUF 25 Finale results: Angela Hill's standup game shines in unanimous win over Ashley Yoder". MMAjunkie. 2017-07-08. Retrieved 2017-07-08. 
  20. ^ "BJJ ace Mackenzie Dern hooks March UFC debut". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2018-01-02. 
  21. ^ "UFC 222 results: Mackenzie Dern gets past gritty Ashley Yoder to win highly anticipated debut". MMAjunkie. 2018-03-04. Retrieved 2018-03-04. 
  22. ^ "#UFCDenver adds Amanda Cooper vs Ashley Yoder - WMMA Rankings". WMMA Rankings. 2018-08-10. Retrieved 2018-08-10. 
  23. ^ "Ashley". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-04-15. 

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