Professional boxer and undefeated women’s MMA fighter Kim “Killer” Connor-Hamby (4-0) of Stuttgart, Ark. will face Team Cesar Gracie’s Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (3-2-1) of Pleasant Hill, Calif. in a bantamweight match-up at Invicta FC 3 set for Saturday, Oct. 6, at Kansas City’s Memorial Hall.
Connor-Hamby will replace Smith’s original opponent, Cat Zingano, who has been loaned out to Strikeforce according to a Friday press release from Invicta FC.
“I’m very excited to be fighting with all the big names that are on this Invicta FC card. My hands are where it’s at. I want to show everyone what a woman can do with boxing inside the cage and I do not want to go to the ground at all in this fight.”
Now 31-years-old, Connor-Hamby began her pro boxing career in 2004 amassing a record of 10-2-2 with 4 wins via knockout. She made the transition to MMA four years ago, initially as a way to get in shape after giving birth, but soon learned her hands were something special inside the cage.
In her 2009 pro debut it took “Killer” Kim just 20 seconds to finish her first opponent, Crystal Hamilton, via technical knockout. She repeated the performance in 2:49 in her next bout, won again by TKO in her third bout and won a split decision in her most recent bout.
One caveat for Connor-Hamby here going up against Smith is that while she has still been competing and winning in boxing as recently as Aug. 25, she’s been out of MMA action since 2010. Smith, on the other hand, has fought twice since back-to-back wins in 2010. She lost a unanimous decision to Ediane Gomes last year and fought to a draw with Kaitlin Young at Invicta FC 1 back in April.
Another change was also announced for the Oct. 6 card. In preliminary card action, the hard-hitting Katalina Malungahu (2-0) of Las Vegas, Nev. will face submission ace Ediane Gomes (8-2) of Coconut Creek, Fla. via Sao Paulo, Brazil in a featherweight affair. Malungahu’s original opponent, Taylor Stratford, was forced to withdraw from the competition due to a knee injury.