Leslie Smith, who many felt defeated former Strikeforce female champion Sarah Kaufman last month, has signed an extension with Invicta FC – the all-female promotion based out of Kansas City.
Smith will return to the cage at Invicta FC 6 in July against Jennifer Maia, with the winner receiving a future title fight vs. flyweight champion Barb Honchak.
“We are excited to bring Leslie under the Invicta Fighting Championships umbrella for the long-term and to watch her compete in a new weight class that is becoming super competitive in our promotion,” said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp. “Since we launched our live event series last year, Leslie has demonstrated incredible tenacity and athleticism by putting on some of the most memorable fights in our cage. She is a true warrior as is her opponent Jennifer Maia, so we are looking forward to an explosive matchup between two of the sport’s stars on what will be Invicta FC’s biggest fight card to date.”
Smith is 5-3-1 in her career and will be moving down from the bantamweight ranks. Maia is 7-2 in her MMA career.