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Leslie Smith has stomach tumor removed, hopes her plight inspires fighters to speak out

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LAS VEGAS — Leslie Smith spoke out in favor of fighter organization, and the entire situation worked out in her favor.

Last week, Smith said on AXS TV’s Inside MMA that she had a tumor on her stomach that she could not afford to have removed. The UFC does not provide fighters with full-scale medical coverage, only insurance for fight-related injuries.

After the piece aired, the UFC was quick to act. Smith flew into Las Vegas on Thursday and the UFC sent her to doctor to have the benign tumor removed. Just like that, Smith got what she needed.

“It’s gone,” Smith told MMA Fighting. “I’m thrilled about it. I’m debating whether or not to show the video. There’s a good chance I’m gonna show the video.”

Smith has been public in supporting the MMA Fighters Association (MMAFA) and Thursday was in attendance at the Professional Fighters Association (PFA) press conference. Smith asked numerous questions to potential PFA chief Jeff Borris and lawyer Lucas Middlebrook at the press conference. The bantamweight fighter said she would absolutely sign an authorization card in support of a fighter union led by the PFA.

“I’m 100 percent in support of bringing together the organization of fighters,” Smith said.

The MMAFA has an antitrust lawsuit against the UFC currently in litigation. It also is focused on extending boxing’s Ali Act to MMA. The PFA wants a full-on union with collective bargaining rights with the UFC. Smith is hoping both groups can work together and not against one another. She’s also hoping for some kind of fighter organized effort for everyone. The PFA would only be for UFC fighters.

“At the end of the day, I am gonna be for whatever is going to help the most fighters get the most benefits,” Smith said. “I hope that everybody can be involved ….View full article

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