If you only catch one fight from the Bellator Fighting Championships, held in Chicago on Friday night, watch Kerry Vera's unanimous decision over Leslie Smith. The two women engaged in a brutal, nonstop slugfest.
Vera, the wife of UFC fighter Brandon Vera, had her debut tonight, though she had fought in kickboxing matches in the past. Her kicks were as brutal as her husbands, and she was unrelenting for the entire fight. Leslie Smith, in just her second pro bout, had several memorable exchanges, including one where she caught Vera's leg and waylaid her with punches.
This fight was the biggest argument for women fighting for longer than three, three-minute rounds. Vera and Smith did not relent during the fight, and the raucous crowd at the packed Aragon Ballroom clearly wanted more. As the fight ended, they gave a standing ovation, and were so loud that I could barely hear the music blaring from the speakers.
The fight will air on Saturday night on ESPN Deportes at 9 p.m. ET, and will be on Bellator's Web site by Wednesday. Watch this fight. You will not be disappointed.
UPDATE: Read on for videos of the fights.