Leslie Smith is many things in the fight world. Most notably, she’s a fly and bantamweight fighter, but willing to take on outsized challenges merely for the opportunity to accomplish the impossible.
She’s almost as much a fighter as daredevil, but more recently, she’s taken on another role: fighter advocate.
The result, she told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s The MMA Hour, is that she’s developed a bit of a reputation among fighters, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, she argued it’s all for the good.
“One of the great things for me about being as visible as I am is that I’m putting it all out there on the line. I’m pretty sure that any fighter I interact with at this point knows where I stand on the issue. I don’t have to be knocking on everyone’s heads and saying, ‘Hey, I’m for the fighter’s union. You want to stand with me?’ Because everyone knows that. I’m putting it out there,” she said.
According to Smith, fighters now know she’s a contact point for those with questions or ideas, making the need to knock on doors obsolete. Her teammates have even told her they’re proud of her efforts.