Anthony Smith


Quick submission snaps losing streak
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 28, 2020
Smith defeated Devin Clark via submission (triangle choke) at 2:34 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 18 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
This fight was promoted to a five-round main event, but it didn't need more than a few minutes. Smith seemed to come into this fight with a game plan that would place emphasis on his grappling. Clark rushed forward at the opening bell looking to land a right hand, but Smith took him down and dragged him to the center of the Octagon. Smith did allow Clark to reverse position, but he went to work from his back and secured the choke. Clark wasn't expecting it, and was tapping shortly thereafter. This was a win Smith had to have to remain relevant at light heavyweight after losing three of his last four. He's now ready to take on anyone the UFC throws his way, and could get back in the cage quickly after taking essentially no damage here. In the meantime, he'll walk away $50,000 richer after being awarded Performance of the Night honors for his efforts.
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Steps in to face Clark
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 15, 2020
Smith will take on Devin Clark in a light heavyweight bout at the UFC event Nov. 28, reports.
Smith will be stepping in for Shamil Gamzatov, who had to withdraw due to visa issues. Smith most recently fought at the end of August when he lost to Aleksandar Rakic via unanimous decision. He will hope to avoid dropping his third straight bout.
No-shows Vegas main event
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 29, 2020
Smith lost to Aleksandar Rakic via unanimous decision (26-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
The two men came out firing leg kicks at each other, and Smith got the worse of it. He was clearly compromised in the later stages of Round 1 after Rakic connected with several big shots to the legs (one that resulted in a knockdown), and Smith was never able to recover. Smith was unable to plant and deliver his trademark power shots, and as a result, he spent a good portion of the bout fighting off of his back. The poor performance comes at the worst possible time for "Lionheart". With Jon Jones having vacated the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, the division is seemingly wide open, but Smith was unable to take advantage of the opportunity Saturday. The resurgence of Smith has been one of MMA's better stories over the past several years, but it appears the clock may have finally struck midnight on the 32-year-old. Smith is 1-3 in his past four bouts dating back to his March 2019 loss to Jones.
Fight scheduled for Aug. 29
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 19, 2020
Smith (orbital) is in line to face Aleksandar Rakic in a light heavyweight fight as part of the UFC's upcoming Aug. 29 card, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Smith was suspended for 60 days by the Florida State Boxing Commission for a fractured orbital bone and lost some teeth in a beatdown at the hands of Glover Teixeira, but he was somehow able to avoid a 180-day suspension that would typically follow such injuries. The booking suggests he's doing well in his recovery, and Smith will aim to bounce back from his second loss in his last three fights after winning six of the previous seven. Smith sports a matching 6-foot-4 frame but surrenders two inches of reach to Rakic.
To sit a mandatory 60 days
Light HeavyweightUFC
May 14, 2020
Smith has been suspended a mandatory 60 days by the Florida State Boxing Commission and could see an additional suspension pending test results, Nolan King of reports.
Smith took one of the worst beatings in recent MMA memory Wednesday night, and after the fight, he disclosed he had suffered a fractured orbital and nose, in addition to some missing teeth. That would typically warrant a maximum medical suspension of 180 days, so expect this to be extended when the test results come back. While it was a valiant effort from Smith in the loss to Glover Teixeira, his corner's failure to throw in the towel could have very well shaved years of Smith's career.
Multiple serious injuries
Light HeavyweightUFC
May 14, 2020
Smith believes he suffered a broken nose and broken orbital bone in Wednesday's loss to Glover Teixeira, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
After getting off to a strong start in Wednesday's UFC Fight Night event, the momentum shifted in Round 3 and Smith dropped the frame 10-8. Round 4 was more of the same, as Teixeira held a dominant position and continued to pour on ground-and-pound en route to another 10-8 round. The referee could have stopped the bout at several points, and Smith's corner arguably had an obligation to protect its fighter, but "Lion Heart" was still sent out for the fifth round. He lasted just over a minute before the fight was mercifully called off. Considering the countless stretch of unanswered shots Smith absorbed, it's no surprise that multiple facial fractures were sustained. Look for a maximum medical suspension to be on the way.