Leslie Smith

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...

Leslie Smith files labor complaint against UFC, alleging retaliation for union activities

Mar 20, 2015; Brisbane, Australia; Leslie Smith (red gloves) celebrates after defeating Rin Nakai (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Mandatory Credit: Matt Roberts-USA TODAY Sports Mar 20, 2015; Brisbane, Australia; Leslie Smith (red gloves) competes against Rin Nakai (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night...

Twitter Mailbag: Want to rise in the UFC rankings? Consider attacking a small bus, sabotaging an event

How do you advance in the rankings without fighting anything but inanimate objects? Is it really a “privilege” to hear the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion speak? What kind of hall of fame would we really want for MMA? All that and more in this week’s Twitter Mailbag. To...

Trading Shots: UFC doesn’t want to be in business with Leslie Smith, but does want Greg Hardy?

Leslie Smith showed up ready to fight at UFC Fight Night 128. Instead, she got a paycheck and a farewell from the UFC, all on the same weekend that reports surfaced of one very questionable new hire for Dana White’s Contender Series. Retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes...

Aspen Ladd isn’t thinking too far ahead of UFC Fight Night 128 bout with Leslie Smith

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Aspen Ladd has one thing on her mind right now, and that’s getting past Leslie Smith. Ladd, a UFC women’s bantamweight prospect, protected her unbeaten record this past October with a stoppage of Lina Lansberg, earning a step up in competition. When Ladd (6-0 MMA,...

When your opponent wants you to join MMA union – or Aspen Ladd’s UFC Fight Night 128 buildup

If UFC women’s bantamweight Aspen Ladd expected to communicate with Leslie Smith at any point, it was after they exchanged punches at UFC Fight Night 128. The undefeated Ladd (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) makes a point to not converse with the person she’s about to fight. But for Smith...

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