Devonte Smith
King Kage

USA

Out
Injury Hand
Est. Return 8/6/2021
Tending to hand, wrist injuries
LightweightUFC
Out
February 9, 2021
Smith received a six-month medical suspension after sustaining right hand and wrist injuries Saturday in his second-round TKO win over Justin Jaynes at UFC Vegas 18, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The suspension will prevent Smith from competing until Aug. 6, unless he receives a negative MRI result on both his wrist and hand and gains full medical clearance from an orthopedic doctor.
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Dominates in return to Octagon
LightweightUFC
Out
February 6, 2021
Smith defeated Justin Jaynes via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 3:38 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Smith pounded Jaynes to the point that his right eye was totally swollen shut, and the cageside physician could no longer allow the fight to continue. Smith looked to all the world like an elite prospect before being shockingly knocked out by Khama Worthy back in August 2019. He took some time off to get his head in the right frame of mind following that setback and returned with a vengeance Saturday. A product of Dana White's Contender Series, Smith is now 3-1 in his first four official UFC bouts, with all three wins coming via knockout. He's still just 27 years old, so expect to see Smith right back in the Octagon in short order following this dominant performance.
Now facing Justin Jaynes
LightweightUFC
Out
February 1, 2021
Smith will now be taking on Justin Jaynes in Las Vegas on Saturday, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Jaynes steps in on short notice after Smith's original opponent, Alex da Silva, withdrew with a knee injury Saturday. Jaynes has fought just three times under the UFC banner, losing his last two.
New opponent needed
LightweightUFC
Out
January 30, 2021
Smith needs a new opponent if he's to remain on the Feb. 6 card after Alex da Silva withdrew for undisclosed reasons Saturday, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The withdrawal comes just a week before the fight was scheduled to take place, so it would seem to be fairly difficult for him to remain on the card. The UFC is reportedly searching for a replacement for da Silva, however. Smith is presumably itching to fight as soon as possible, as he's been out of action since August of 2019 due to Achilles surgery.
Slated to return
LightweightUFC
Out
December 23, 2020
Smith (Achilles) will take on Alex da Silva in a lightweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 6, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Smith underwent surgery in November of 2019 to repair a torn Achilles' tendon and hasn't fought since. He most recently lost to Khama Worthy via TKO (punches) at UFC 241 in August of 2019 despite entering that matchup as a (-1000) favorite. Da Silva also faced a long layoff after a fight in August of 2019, but he returned to the Octagon in September and lost to Brad Riddell via unanimous decision at UFC 253. Smith has an advantage in reach, but da Silva has a slight height advantage.
Undergoes Achilles surgery
LightweightUFC
Out
November 22, 2019
Smith announced Friday via his personal Twitter account that he'll require surgery to address a torn Achilles' tendon suffered during training.
ANALYSIS
Smith last competed at UFC 241 in August, falling to Khama Worthy via TKO in the first round. King Kage (10-2) now faces a multi-month recovery process following surgery, making it uncertain when he'll be back in the Octagon.