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Leslie Smith says Barb Honchak has never fought anyone at her level

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According to a Dec. 4 post from MMA Fighting, Invicta FC flyweight Leslie "The Peacemaker" Smith (6-3-1) says Barb Honchak (8-2) has never fought anyone at her level.

"When I watch [Honchak], I see her using her hands to get in, not as much to hurt people as to get points," Smith says. "I see her coming in, grinding it out, trying to stay on top, trying to work for stuff and get points. I’ve watched her fights and I kind of see her bouncing around on the outside waiting for the opportunity and pick her timing.

"With me she’s not going to have the opportunity to do this, because she’s never faced anyone who puts pressure on like I do. She’s never faced anyone that’s the same caliber of fighter that I am. She earned her title shot by beating two women who…I don’t even know if they were ranked. I’ve been fighting with top ten people. It’s going to be a higher caliber than she’s used to dealing with."

Honchak's last two opponents were Vanessa Porto and Aisling Daly, both of whom are ranked in the top 15 in the world at flyweight.

"Little Warrior" has also competed against Roxanne Modafferi, Felice Herrig, Nina Ansaroff, Bethany Marshall and others, so Smith's comments are sure to raise some eyebrows around the WMMA community.

Smith essentially hinted that she's a higher-caliber fighter than each of the aforementioned athletes, and that may rub some people the wrong way.

While it's true that Honchak hasn't fought any female fighters seeded in the top ten pound-for-pound ranks, she has competed against two of the top 15 highest-ranked flyweights in the world and the No. 6-ranked strawweight in Herrig.

Nevertheless, Smith will attempt to back up her words to prove she truly is a higher-caliber fighter than anyone Honchak has fought when she competes for Invicta FC's 125-pound title on Dec. 7 in Kansas City, Missouri.

"Invicta has done so much for me. They’re awesome. They’ve done so much for their fighters, and they look out for their fighters," Smith says. "I can call [Invicta president] Shannon [Knapp] with a question any time that I need it, and that’s a really big deal for me. And the fans, the community that Invicta has amassed is so positive that I want to do as much as I can to give back to them before I look to further myself. They’ve been doing a lot of giving and I’ve been doing a lot of taking, so it’s my chance to give back."


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