Anthony Smith found his way back to winning ways at the main event of UFC Vegas 15 at the UFC Apex arena in Las Vegas. Being bumped up to main event status, extending the fight to 5 rounds seemed to be the right move to make.
The light-heavyweight clash between Anthony Smith and Devin Clark originally scheduled for the co-main event fight at this week’s Fight Night was pushed up to the main event fight once Curtis Blaydes tested positive for COVID-19.
Curtis Blaydes vs Derrick Lewis will most probably be shifted to a later date when both fighters will be available to fight.
Anthony Smith put an end to a two-fight losing skid as he successfully submitted Devin Clark with a triangle choke in the second round. Speaking with Donald Cerrone at the post-fight interview, he had a lot to say about his victory.
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Lion Heart opened up about his journey so far and said it hasn’t been an easy road. Recording his first win of the year, Smith said, “It has been a long road man.
“The problem is usually you think you make it to the top, you get a title shot, things are going well, and usually, things are supposed to start going good but that’s not my life.
“I guess I want to make everything hard for me. But like I said in the right, I’m not going anywhere. Don’t sleep on me.”
He dove into why he decided to push the fight from 3 rounds to 5 rounds once he was informed that he will be headlining the event.
Smith said, “I think I owe it to myself and I owe it to the fans. Honestly, I owe it to Dana and the UFC as I have had a couple of bad performances. That is not my style, I don’t have boring fights. So I just wanted the opportunity.”
Smith ended by saying, “I knew for a fact that Devin wasn’t going to be able to keep that pace for 3 rounds and even if he could I knew he wasn’t going to do it for 5. So 5 rounds favored me anyways!”
As Smith said, don’t sleep on him. He’s back and is here to stay. Having turned the tables on his fortunes, what do you think is next up for the light heavyweight contender?
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