Invicta FC bantamweight contender Leslie Smith said in a Jan. 6 interview with WMMARoundup.com that her personal feud with Raquel Pennington is in the past, and she's looking forward to fighting a gritty striker like Sarah Kaufman.
Smith taunted Pennington during their Jan. 5 fight at Invicta FC 4, but she embraced her opponent afterwards.
"I didn't want to fight her in the first place," Smith said following Invicta FC 4. "She was my friend. I don't like fighting friends. I would trade this win right now to still have her as a friend to be completely honest. She signed the contract before I did and I'm not going to back down from a contract, so that's how the fight happened."
"It'll never be the same again," Smith added. "I invited her to come out and train with me and stuff, but all that is in the past, you know, it's over. We fought. It was a tough fight. She was a good opponent and that's what we're going to be from now on - people who fought each other. It was a good fight, so yeah, the beef is squashed. I got no hatred in my heart for her. It was a good fight and I'm happy for her that she got the contract."
Smith isn't sure what's next for her, but a clash against Sarah Kaufman may be in the works. Smith and Kaufman have similar styles, and a it would undoubtedly be an exciting standup war.
If a fight against Kaufman doesn't pan out, Smith may move down to the 125 ranks because the line to the strap is a bit shorter.
"There's all kinds of things that I want to do," Smith noted. "I would be really happy if the fight with Sarah Kaufman ended up happening. That would be super cool. I've also been thinking about going down to 125 pounds. The cut is really easy for me. The line for the belt at 125 isn't that hard."