Leslie Smith

Bellator 259 pre-event facts: Cris Cyborg meets Leslie Smith in rare rematch

Bellator returns from a one-week hiatus on Friday with Bellator 259 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Showtime following prelims on MMA Junkie. Women’s MMA legend and reigning Bellator women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg (23-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) returns to action in...

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Sept. 15: Shakeout from a big fight weekend

A big weekend of fight events had implications for the latest edition of the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings. Bellator 245 on Friday night was followed by Bellator 246 the following evening. The latter event went head-to-head with UFC on ESPN+ 36 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas....

Bellator 241 adds Leslie Smith vs. Jessy Miele, Robson Gracie return, more to prelims

The Bellator 241 preliminary card has started to fill up. Three fights have been added to the prelims, including a featherweight bout between Leslie Smith and Jessy Miele, a welterweight fight between Robson Gracie and Billy Goff, and a middleweight matchup between Romero Cotton and Justin Sumter. A promotion...

Leslie Smith’s plan: Beat Arlene Blencowe at Bellator 233, title shot, face Cat Zingano

nt" THACKERVILLE, Okla. – Leslie Smith has it all mapped out. Eighteen months ago, that wasn’t the case. Things were uncertain. Smith (11-7-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who has advocated for fighter’s rights, parted ways with the UFC right after Aspen Ladd pulled out of their UFC Fight Night 128...

4 burning questions heading into Bellator 224

The doors of the Bellator cage open for business once again Friday as the promotion returns to its happy hunting ground of Thackerville, Okla., for Bellator 224. With a four-fight main card and a colossal 12-fight preliminary slate, there’s sure to be plenty of action under the lights at...

Leslie Smith’s labor complaint against UFC suffers setback after initial small victory

Gallery Photos: Best of Leslie Smith view 15 images Leslie Smith’s fight against the UFC appeared to be headed in the right direction. Not so fast. On Friday, according to both Smith and her attorney, Lucas Middlebrook, Region 4 of the National Labor Relations Board found that her claim against...

Trading Shots: What can we learn from Yair Rodriguez’s UFC firing and subsequent reconciliation?

Gallery Photos: Best of Yair Rodriguez view 19 images The firing of Yair Rodriguez turned out to be short-lived, so what does that episode tell us about relations between fighters and UFC management when it comes to tricky negotiations? MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes and retired UFC and WEC fighter...

Dana White says Leslie Smith’s labor complaint against the UFC is ‘somebody else’s problem’

If you’re wondering what UFC President Dana White thinks about Leslie Smith’s complaint against the UFC for unfair labor practices, the answer seems to be: not much. Talking to Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra and comedian Jim Norton on the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast this week, White said he...

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