Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (4-2-1) will face Raquel “Rocky” Pennington (3-2) at Invicta FC 4 on Jan. 5, 2013.
Invicta FC announced the match between the two via press release. Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp said the two have proven to be “ferocious and determined competitors in the Invicta FC cage.”
Smith had spent 2012 in a two-fight war against HOOKnSHOOT champion Kaitlin Young. She is coming into the Pennington fight after an impressive second round TKO over Young.
Smith’s two losses to Ediene Gomes and Kerry Vera were both by submission.
While Smith spent the year in her war with Young, Pennington, who made her professional debut back in March, fought all five of her fights in 2012. Although she is coming off of a submission loss to Cat Zingano at Invicta FC 3, Pennington’s victories include a decision victory over Sara “Cheesecake” Moras and a first round submission win over Raquel Pa’aluhi.
In her debut, Pennington defeated Kim Couture via second round TKO.
For Pennington, Smith will present a challenge in the stand-up game as the Peacekeeper has great striking and has a strong chin. Smith also trains with Cesar Gracie camp, which means she also has a good ground game.
No matter what the game plan is for each fighter, there is no doubt that the Smith vs. Pennington fight will be an action-packed and a great addition to the fight card.
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