The Ballengee Group is dropping a management lawsuit against UFC women’s bantamweight Leslie Smith after settlement terms were reached, the firm’s attorney attorney Jason Friedman told MMAjunkie. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, and Smith declined comment. Ballengee is still pursuing legal action against Nate Diaz and attorney Sam Awad, named as co-defendants in…
Mixed martial arts garnered immense attention on August 26, 2017, but the focus was zeroed in on a boxing ring, not a cage.
Competing inside a battleground with half the sides and laced in gloves weighing twice as much as normal, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor, a dual division champion in the UFC, flew the flag of Ireland, obviously, though, whether he wanted to or not, he also represented the sport of MMA when squaring off with the greatest boxer of our lifetime: Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.
From the encroachment of this historical event to its conclusion, many of the athletes at the upper echelon of MMA chimed in with their perspective as McGregor plodded toward a pinnacle moment in combat sports.
UFC Hall of Fame inductee ‘The California Kid’ Urijah Faber led the rally cry, urging his swath of rabid followers to support McGregor’s endeavors:
A valiant, ten-round effort from McGregor, capped by an arguable stoppage, adjusted the attitudes of some, such as UFC bantamweight Leslie ‘The Peacemaker’ Smith:
‘Win or learn;’ these are the words—coined by McGregor’s head coach, John Kavanagh—the proud Irishman lives by. Of course, McGregor’s eyes were opened to tactical maneuvers while facing ‘The Best Ever’ in the squared-circle, but he was also enlightened to the volume of individuals voicing their support, from world-class champions to those hungry to continue their climb up the UFC’s ladder:
With everything all said and done between McGregor and Mayweather and praise pouring in from each possible angle, any positive premonition seem more plausible than ever:
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.
A couple of Northern California’s modern-day gladiators, Leslie ‘The Peacekeeper’ Smith (9-7-1) and Cynthia ‘Spicy’ Calvillo (5-0), will venture into Glasgow, Scotland for UFC Fight Night 113 in an attempt to plant the flag of ‘The Golden State’ in the heart of The SSE Hydro, an arena built upon ancient battlegrounds soaked in blood.
From the moment Calvillo’s walkout music cracks over the speakers, her ‘Spicy’ personality is second to none.
Calvillo entered the UFC—UFC 209—and seized control, delivering a worthwhile dose of entertainment to those who purchased the main card on pay-per-view. When Calvillo encored at UFC 210 and submitted Pearl Gonzalez, her stock in the women’s strawweight soared.
Scheduled to meet Joanne ‘Jo Jo’ Calderwood (11-2) in the co-main event of UFC Glasgow, Calvillo must enter enemy territory to defeat the former TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) competitor in her own backyard. Flying under the Team Alpha Male flag, Calvillo has already prepped her mindset: ‘Team Alpha Male versus Everybody,’ whether or not there’s a home field advantage.
Known as ‘The Peacemaker’ and a seasoned vet in the sport, the UFC’s matchmaker, Sean Shelby, assessed Smith’s Skrap Pack spirit by asking her to open UFC Glasgow against a relative unknown, Amanda Lemos (6-0-1).
The position on the card and the warm body in front of Smith means nothing. Originally slated to meet Lina Lansburg, Smith didn’t flinch when the name on the docket changed to the Brazilian native. Derailing the hype of newcomers isn’t uncommon to Smith, as she pumped the brakes on Irene Aldana with a unanimous decision victory at UFC on FOX 22 in Sacramento, and she’s eager to pour vinegar in Lemos’ Cheerios during the UFC Fight Pass early prelims.
For fight fans operating on Pacific Standard Time, UFC Fight Night 113’s early prelims begin on UFC Fight Pass at 9:00 a.m., and the main card will be broadcasted on FOX Sports 1 at noon.
Nate Diaz and Leslie Smith’s former management group is taking the fighters to court for allegedly skipping out on commissions and conspiring with an attorney to break management agreements. The Ballengee Group seeks over $1 million in damages, among other claims alleging fraud, negligent misrepresentation and tortious interference in a lawsuit filed Monday by the…
In addition to Cynthia Calvillo (5-0) meeting Joanne ‘Jo Jo’ Calderwood (11-2) on her countryside’s land, another taste of Northern California has been added to UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow, Scotland as Leslie ‘The Peacemaker’ Smith (9-7-1) will face Sweden’s Lina ‘Elbow Princess’ Lansberg (7-2) inside the SSE Hydro on July 16, 2017.
Lansberg, a Muay Thai specialist, entered the UFC in 2016 and, in only two outings, has suffered brutal wars. In Lansberg’s first visit to the Octagon, she was finished midway into the second round by Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino (17-1) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 95. When Lansberg returned to action, she earned the victory via decision; unfortunately, she was forced to endure a bloody battle at UFC Fight Night 107 against Lucie Pudilova (6-2). By pulling ‘The Peacemaker’s card, the European striker should brace for another vicious onslaught.
Smith embodies a bipolar quality that appeals to the MMA community: she advocates the importance of fighters’ rights while, simultaneously, housing a willingness to dismember others while locked inside a steel cage. Brewing a flawless game plan for Lansberg along Stockton’s Skrap Pack, Smith will deliver a high-impact storm, as she did in her win by way of unanimous decision over Irene Aldana (7-4) at UFC on FOX 22, and flood the hopes Landsberg holds of picking up any traction.
Northern California’s finest mixed martial artists continue their expansive reach around the globe, which is nothing new to the area’s fight fans, but everyone else will want to set their dials to FOX Sports 1 on July 16th in order to not miss natives of ‘The Golden State’ hit like a similarly colored brick.