Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Leslie Smith vs Lina Lansberg added to July 16 UFC show

The Herald in Scotland reported last night that Leslie Smith vs Lina Lansberg has been added to UFC Fight Night 113 July 16 at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. This show will air on Fox Sports 1 in the US and TSN in Canada. But I expect this fight to air on the UFC Fight Pass prelims. I would describe both fighters as game midcard fighters. Both were game enough to get clobbered by Cris Cyborg. For most of Leslie's career, she has alternated wins and losses. She's 3-3 in the UFC and 9-7-1 for her career. She got into the UFC as a late replacement in 2014 and she's managed to hang in there since then. She beat Irene Aldana in her most recent fight. I guess that was a big win for Leslie except that Irene was grossly overrated. I was not surprised that Leslie won. Leslie's big problem is she's a one dimensional striker with no power or ground game. And that catches up to her half the time. Lately she has shown some interest in the possibility of a UFC fighter union. She may find that getting fighters to organize is an exercise in futility. As a fighter, Lina is not much different from Leslie. Lina is from Malmo, Sweden. She is known as the Elbow Princess. She was brought into the UFC as Cris Cyborg fodder. She won her most recent fight over late replacement Lucie Pudilova. After the fight, she declared that Lucie won. Lucie did win round three but Lina won the first two rounds. The whole thing was weird. Like Leslie, Lina is a striker with no power or ground game. So I expect a competitive fight that will go the distance as neither fighter is a finisher. But I don't know if it will be a good fight. It may depend on how much fence clinching is allowed by the ref.

No comments:

Post a Comment