Leslie Smith (fighter)
|Born||August 17, 1982|
|Other names||The Peacemaker|
|Residence||Pleasant Hill, California, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Division||Flyweight (2013) |
|Reach||67 in (170 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Pleasant Hill, California, U.S.|
|Team||Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu|
|Rank||Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Cesar Gracie and Alessandro Ferreira|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Leslie Smith (born August 17, 1982) is an American professional female mixed martial artist. She formerly competed in Invicta FC where she was a main card staple of the organization, having fought on the main card four times in the first five shows. She also competed in Bellator Fighting Championships. Smith fights out of the Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu team and is noted for a similar level of high volume striking and aggressiveness to other members of that camp. Smith most recently competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A documentary about Smith's early career, Fight For It, was released in 2012.
Martial arts career
Smith entered Invicta Fighting Championships as a prospect with a 3-2 professional mixed martial arts record. She made her debut at Invicta FC 1: Coenen vs. Ruyssen on April 28, 2012. In her first bout with the organization, she fought veteran Kaitlin Young to an exciting draw, earning the Fight of the Night bonus (US$1,500 bonus to each fighter).
Amanda Nunes was scheduled to fight Milana Dudieva at Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann, but Dudieva withdrew from the fight on July 9 due to a medical illness and was replaced by Smith. However, on July 20, Smith suffered a hand injury that forced her to also withdraw from the fight. She was then replaced by Raquel Pa'aluhi in the fight with Nunes.
Smith was then scheduled to fight Cat Zingano at Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama, but the promotion allowed Zingano to withdraw from the fight so that she could accept a fight for Strikeforce. Zingano was replaced by pro boxer and undefeated MMA fighter, Kim Connor-Hamby. Sarah Kaufman was set to fight Kaitlin Young, but an injury forced Kaufman to withdraw from the fight on September 17. As a result, Smith was moved from her fight with Connor-Hamby in order to face Young in a rematch from their Fight of the Night draw at Invicta FC 1 to determine a final winner. This time, Smith was able to get the better of Young and she defeated her by TKO in the second round.
Smith competed once again for Invicta FC on January 5, 2013, this time on the main card of Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt against Raquel Pennington. Smith defeated Pennington by unanimous decision.
Having gone unbeaten in three fights, Smith moved up in competition at Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson when she faced former Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion Sarah Kaufman on April 5, 2013. Smith lost a controversial split decision to Kaufman, which drew booing from the crowd. During the fight, Kaufman used footwork to stay on the outside whilst Smith played the aggressor and set a high work rate. Smith was able to drop Kaufman with a head kick in the second round but was unable to stop a late surge from Kaufman in the final round. The fight was declared Fight of the Night (Smith's second) and both fighters were awarded bonuses.
Smith returned to fight at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg on July 13, 2013. She made her flyweight debut against Jennifer Maia in a title eliminator bout. Smith won the fight via unanimous decision. The bout was named Fight of the Night.
Smith challenged Barb Honchak for the Invicta FC flyweight championship at Invicta FC 7 on December 7, 2013. She lost the fight via unanimous decision and earned yet another Fight of the Night bonus.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On April 8, 2014, it was announced that Smith would step in to replace an injured Amanda Nunes against Sarah Kaufman at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale on April 16, 2014. She lost the rematch via unanimous decision.
Smith fought Rin Nakai at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Mir on March 20, 2016. She won the fight by unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, and 29–28).
Smith next faced Irene Aldana on December 17, 2016 at UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson. She won the fight by unanimous decision. The bout also earned Smith her first Fight of the Night bonus award in the UFC.
Smith was scheduled to face Aspen Ladd on April 21, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 128. At the weigh-ins, Ladd weighed in at 137.8 pounds, 1.8 pounds over the bantamweight non-title fight upper limit of 136 pounds. Ladd offered Leslie an additional $5,000 on top of her 20% purse deduction. However, the fight was removed from the card after Smith refused to fight at catchweight. Subsequently, the UFC paid Smith her show and win money but then released her from the promotion.
In August 2016, Smith revealed that she had a benign tumor on her stomach.
As of March of 2017 Smith, along with Jim Cooley were the commentating team for The Conquer Fighting Championships.
Leslie Smith, Jim Cooley and Matt Freeman are the hosts of the combat sports podcast – The Last Round.
Championships and accomplishments
- Kickdown MMA
- Kickdown Women's Bantamweight (One time)
- Invicta Fighting Championships
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|18 matches||10 wins||7 losses|
|Win||10–7–1||Amanda Lemos||TKO (punches and elbows)||UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio||July 16, 2017||2||2:53||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Win||9–7–1||Irene Aldana||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson||December 17, 2016||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||8–7–1||Cris Cyborg||TKO (punches)||UFC 198||May 14, 2016||1||1:21||Curitiba, Brasil||Catchweight (140 lbs) bout.|
|Win||8–6–1||Rin Nakai||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Mir||March 20, 2016||3||5:00||Brisbane, Australia|
|Loss||7–6–1||Jessica Eye||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC 180||November 15, 2014||2||1:30||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Win||7–5–1||Jessamyn Duke||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller||July 16, 2014||1||2:24||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||6–5–1||Sarah Kaufman||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale: Bisping vs. Kennedy||April 16, 2014||3||5:00||Quebec City, Quebec, Canada||Return to Bantamweight.|
|Loss||6–4–1||Barb Honchak||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith||December 7, 2013||5||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||For the Invicta FC Flyweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||6–3–1||Jennifer Maia||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg||July 13, 2013||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Flyweight debut. Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||5–3–1||Sarah Kaufman||Decision (split)||Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson||April 5, 2013||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||5–2–1||Raquel Pennington||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt||January 5, 2013||3||5:00||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||4–2–1||Kaitlin Young||TKO (punches)||Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama||October 6, 2012||2||2:19||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Draw||3–2–1||Kaitlin Young||Draw (split)||Invicta FC 1: Coenen vs. Ruyssen||April 28, 2012||3||5:00||Kansas City, Kansas, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||3–2||Ediane Gomes||Decision (unanimous)||BEP 5: Breast Cancer Beatdown||October 1, 2011||3||5:00||Fletcher, North Carolina, United States||Featherweight bout.|
|Win||3–1||Julia Griffin||Decision (unanimous)||FE: Arctic Combat 2||March 19, 2010||3||3:00||Fairbanks, Alaska, United States|
|Win||2–1||Louise Johnson||TKO (punches)||Kickdown 74: Grudge||January 23, 2010||2||1:35||Denver, Colorado, United States||Won the Kickdown Women's Bantamweight Championship.|
|Loss||1–1||Kerry Vera||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 7||May 15, 2009||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||1–0||Louise Johnson||TKO (punches)||Kickdown 61: Retaliation||March 6, 2009||3||4:16||Denver, Colorado, United States|
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- MMAjunkie Staff (2014-09-25). "Jessica Eye vs. Leslie Smith booked for UFC 180 in Mexico City". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-09-27.
- Marc Raimondi (2014-11-15). "Jessica Eye wins by TKO after Leslie Smith's ear gets split open". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2014-11-15.
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- "UFC Fight Night 113 results: Leslie Smith batters Amanda Lemos for TKO, calls out Bethe Correia". MMAjunkie. 2017-07-16. Retrieved 2017-07-17.
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- "Aspen Ladd misses weight due to 'certain female circumstances,' Leslie Smith bout cancelled". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
- "Leslie Smith says UFC has released her, criticizes Aspen Ladd for UFC Atlantic City weigh-in miss". MMAJunkies. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
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