July 15, 2017—From entrance to exit, Leslie ‘The Peacemaker’ Smith (10-7-1) unfurled her blueprint for world domination in the women’s bantamweight division before the eyes of those inside The SSE Hydro, as well as those logged into UFC Fight Pass, when lighting the fuse to UFC Fight Night 113’s explosive night of action.
Smith didn’t balk when offered UFC newcomer Amanda Lemos as a late-notice replacement, but the warmness of the welcome soon ran the length of her leg after absorbing several thunderous leg kicks following the hum of the bell. One bone-crushing strike at a time from Lemos was unable to sway Smith’s straight forward pressure.
By the close of round one, Lemos began to languish; whereas, Smith found her stride. The combinations that drained Lemos’ life-meter in the first frame had the prospect operating on fumes shortly into the second. When a flurry swelled into whiteout conditions from Smith’s storm, sharpened at El Nino Training Center, the referee waved off the contest before Lemos’ consciousness faded to black.
Not only was Smith prepared to challenge the unknown in Glasgow, Scotland, she outlined her next pursuit as a prizefighter, calling out Bethe Correia. She screamed into the microphone during her post-fight speech, “You [Correira] have been building up everybody’s career. Now, I want you to build up mine.”
The MMA community concurred:
As an instrumental architect within the sphere of mixed martial arts, Smith will continue to engineer growth the sport’s growth, through efforts to unionize, that benefit every warrior wrapping their hands in four-ounce gloves.