For the first time in her professional career Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (6-3-1) dropped down from 135 pounds to 125 to face top contender Jennifer Maia (7-3-1) at Invicta FC 6, July 13.
After a riveting performance that earned “Fight of the Night” honors, Smith scored a decision victory.
Now she finds herself facing Barb “Little Warrior” Honchak (10-2) for the Invicta FC Flyweight championship. For Smith, the chance to fight for gold is well-deserved.
Smith’s fight against Maia is just one of several of The Peacemaker’s breath-taking performances. Prior to her battle at Invicta FC 6, Smith had earned previous Fight Night bonuses in her wars with Kaitlin Young (7-8-1) and Sarah Kaufman (16-2). One of her earliest fights with Kerry Vera (2-0) was also one of the highlights in the early days of Bellator Fighting Championships.
Smith’s entertaining style of brawling, which she seems to have picked up from the Diaz brothers, along with her Brazilian jiu-jitsu background and durable chin, has made her one of Invicta’s top talents , as well as one of women’s MMA more entertaining fighters.
Still, there is a reason the Little Warrior is champion and with her victory over Vanessa Porto (13-4) earlier this year, she has the tools to neutralize Smith’s grappling game and could go with all five rounds with Smith in what would be an entertaining match.
If The Peacemaker does defeat Honchak for the title, this would not only be the biggest win of her career, but also it could open the door for a future debut in the UFC.
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