VIDEO: Leslie Smith reveals the UFC have chosen not to renew her contract, comments on Ladd missing weight

The UFC has chosen not to renew Leslie Smith’s UFC contract following a cancelled fight against Aspen Ladd.

Smith is no longer a UFC fighter.

Smith was scheduled to face Ladd at the UFC Fight Night 128 event this Saturday, however the fight was cancelled after Ladd failed to make weight and Smith declined to accept the fight at a catchweight.

“The Peacemaker” has now come forward with an official statement as well as making her shocking revelation. Take a look below:

I was willing to fight Aspen no matter how overweight she is but I decided to use the situation to negotiate for an extension of my contract since this was the last fight on my UFC contract. The UFC declined to extend my contract and instead decided to pay me my show and win money so that they would be completing my contract. If I had still fought Aspen I would have been fighting for free, out of pride. I am trying to change things so that fighters can and will make more intelligent business decisions and not allow themselves to be manipulated out of pride. If I had fought for free, out of pride, then I would have felt like I hadn’t have lived up to my principles. My principles took precedence over my pride. I hope nobody thinks I’m scared of Aspen, I fought Cyborg for goodness sakes. Aspen created the situation and then politics took over.” Smith said.

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Take a look at the official video statement below:

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I was willing to fight Aspen no matter how overweight she is but I decided to use the situation to negotiate for an extension of my contract since this was the last fight on my UFC contract. The UFC declined to extend my contract and instead decided to pay me my show and win money so that they would be completing my contract. If I had still fought Aspen I would have been fighting for free, out of pride. I am trying to change things so that fighters can and will make more intelligent business decisions and not allow themselves to be manipulated out of pride. If I had fought for free, out of pride, then I would have felt like I hadn't have lived up to my principles. My principles took precedence over my pride. I hope nobody thinks I'm scared of Aspen, I fought Cyborg for goodness sakes. Aspen created the situation and then politics took over.

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2 comments

  1. leslie looks double bad here. she didnt’ take a fight with Ladd who is a well respected young fighter. Ladd miss weight by a marginal amount.
    Then, leslie takes the show and win money to end her contract. shouldn’t she have refused? i dont know. she was attempting the impossible. no figher of low rank can make the UFC budge.

  2. JOOLZ, how does Leslie Smith look bad for standing up for herself? Typical of people to always want to blame instead of giving praise to someone standing up for doing what is right. Aspen Ladd missed weight. Leslie Smith is not responsible for bailing out Aspen Ladd for Aspen Ladd’s failure. And if Leslie Smith wanted to use this occasion to get herself a new UFC, that is her right to do so and she owed Aspen Ladd absolutely nothing. So the UFC is not going to resign her, so what, Leslie Smith will be okay. It’s hard to keep a strong person down because they keep fighting and they keep persevering.

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