Leslie Smith feeling disrespected, unhappy with the lack of promotion from the UFC

Leslie Smith is not happy about the lack of promotion she is receiving from the UFC despite the fact that she is a top-ten ranked contender.

Smith is unhappy with the lack of promotion and respect she is receiving.

Smith (10-7) returns to competition on the early preliminary card of this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 128 event to take on undefeated top prospect Aspen Ladd . The 35-year-old has won three of her last four, with the one loss being to UFC featherweight champ Cris Cyborg. She’s currently ranked at number-nine in the UFC’s media rankings and at number-six in the WMMA World Rankings.

“The Peacemaker” recently took to her Instagram page to air her frustrations about the way the UFC has been handling her.

I’m not a quiet person. What I am is a person who the UFC has never invested in promoting, who has been placed on fight pass prelims for the past few years (except for when I fought Cyborg) and who wants more money not just for myself but for all the fighters.” Smith said.

Last fight I had only one interview, no photo shoot, no nothing despite winning Fight of The Night the fight before that. And my record? I wasn’t babied or groomed to be a superstar, I fought tooth and nail to get here. Pennington is 9-5, where’s the backhanded comments about her or what about Mark Hunt, he’s ranked 6th with a record of 13-12-1 and everyone says his name with Respect, capital R on purpose.” she continued.

WMMA Bantamweight World Rankings

UFC Fight Night 128 takes place on April 21 from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. The early preliminary card featuring Smith vs. Ladd will be aired live on UFC Fight Pass from 6:30pm ET.


One comment

  1. Sorry Leslie, I love to watch you fight, but it’s not a good look when you bring other fighters into it. Rocky is on a 4 fight win streak, including one over a former champ. You’re on a 2 fight win streak with none of those victories over anyone currently in the top 10. While I too disagree with this fight being placed in the pre-Prelims, especially against a 7-0 fighter, good match-ups have been placed there before to help sell Fight Pass. I would imagine there a good number of women UFC fighters that would be happy for a chance to fight regardless of its placement. I’d suggest going to Invicta FC if you’re unhappy at the UFC, but it’s been over a year and a half since their #1 atomweight contender has had an opportunity to fight there, and all of their fights are on Fight Pass. Not a very good negotiating position.

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