Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Veteran Fighter Leslie Smith Says UFC Cut Her Because Of Her Union Organizing Efforts

quote [ Pro MMA veteran Leslie Smith was supposed to fight on last weekend’s UFC Fight Night card, but her bout with Aspen Ladd was scrapped under strange circumstances. Ladd weighed in 1.8 pounds over the limit, claiming that “certain female circumstances” kept her from being able to cut weight. Smith initially okayed the catchweight fight on the condition that the UFC extend her expiring contract, but the UFC instead paid Smith her show money and win bonus for the fight, thus ending her UFC career. ]

I was surprised to learn they didn't already have a union. Leslie has a gofundme up for her legal defense.
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[by raphael_the_turtle@6:33pmGMT]


LurkerAtTheGate said @ 8:14pm GMT on 24th Apr
I have an acquaintance who fights in UFC - we attended same school for a while when young. Great guy, incredibly humble, fantastic sense of humor. I asked him about negotiations when he finally signed for his first fight. He laughed, somewhat despondently, and said, "We get punched in the face for a payday, and there's a thousand guys hoping for their chance to do the same."

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