Leslie Smith is set to take legal action against the UFC after they cut her last week when her opponent, Aspen Ladd, failed to make weight.
After Ladd failed to make weight, Smith (10-7-0) was paid her entire fight purse of $62,000 but also informed that she is now a free agent. Smith had tried to extend her deal, but she believes that the UFC wanted to part ways because of her involvement with Project Spearhead, an organization attempting to unionize fighters.
“There’s a lot of litigation in the future with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB),” Smith told ESPN during a recent chat. “I never even agreed to what happened. We weren’t like, ‘Here’s the deal. You sign here, I sign here.’ I kept trying to make adjustments on how it was going to be resolved, and they never even acknowledged them.
“I was struggling with whether to still accept the fight, but they weren’t struggling at all. That’s the impression I got. They found a way to end the issue.”
Unlike most fighters who the UFC chooses to cut, Smith was a top-ten ranked fighter and had won her last three fights contested at bantamweight.
“There are people all over the internet saying, ‘She’s 35, who cares about her fights? She’s not exciting. She’s not pretty,‘” Smith said. “The fact is, I’m ranked inside the top 10. I got a stoppage in my last fight, and the fight before that I won a fight-of-the-night bonus.
“All the evidence shows I’m doing everything I need to do to be an exciting, winning fighter.”
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