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As expected, Leslie Smith (6-4-1) proved a worthy challenger, but Barb Honchak (9-2) proved an equally upstanding champion, retaining her Invicta FC flyweight title belt in a 25-minute slugfest.

The contest served as the main event of Saturday’s Invicta FC 8 event, which took place at Missouri’s Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City and aired on pay-per-view.

After some back-and-forth action to open the bout, Honchak scored a takedown late in the frame and transitioned quickly to the back, where she looked to sneak in a rear-naked choke. However, Smith was active in defense and rolled to keep her neck free.

Smith opened the second with her typical volume striking, but a Honchak front kick sent her toppling to the floor. Smith crawled up, and the two continued their battle, but it was Honchak who seemed to get the best of the action.

In the third, Smith continued to press with non-stop punching. Honchak remained willing to trade, and the pair engaged in several tow-to-toe exchanges. Honchak punctuated the frame with a massive takedown at the end, but her opponent seemed to be the fresher fighter.

The pattern stayed consistent through the championship rounds, as Smith was relentless with her striking, but Honchak was equally confident in the department while also mixing in takedowns to add to her success. In the end, she was awarded a decision win, 49-46 on all three cards.
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