Piocos, former news editor of Fightergirls, thinks increased sponsor space is one of the main reasons why Smith opted to wear pants for her Invicta FC 4 fight against Raquel Pennington.
"@ericholden I think Smith is leading the trend in wearing pants to the cage," Piocos wrote. "More sponsor space there."
While Piocos may be on point with his assessment, Smith explained that she wore pants for her Invicta FC 4 fight so that her opponent couldn't see damage to her legs.
When "The Peacemaker" battled Kaitlin Young at Invicta FC 1, she was up against a crafty striker who battered her with lower leg kicks. Young immediately noticed the damage she was causing, which led her to continue the assault on Smith's legs.
With Smith's new cage fighting attire, opponents can't see if they are marking her up with leg kicks.
"The first fight with Kaitlin [Young], she bruised my leg pretty good," Smith said of her Invicta FC 1 clash. "The fans - people in the crowd - were able to say 'hey dude, we could see that your leg is messed up.' So, you know, Kaitlin was going for it. I just don't want anyone to be able to see if they've hurt me or not."
"I think they look really good too," Smith laughed.
Smith's tight black spandex pants didn't seem to hinder her performance, as she maintained her spot among the top of the women's bantamweight ranks with a convincing win over Pennington.
"There is a Japanese fighter who is super good, and he wears tights all the time," Smith noted. "He was kind of my inspiration for it."