Anthony Smith will search to get back into the get column this Saturday evening (Aug. 22, 2020) when he requires on Aleksandar Rakic in the key event of UFC Vegas 8 inside of UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. A earn will support erase the memory of his one particular-sided loss to Glover Teixeira this past Might, which noticed him shed a pair of enamel in the procedure. Still, “Lionheart” showed just how challenging he is by preventing via in advance of becoming stopped in the fifth and final spherical.
And now that the division is vast open up thanks to Jon Jones relocating up to Heavyweight, Smith — and the rest of the 205 pound fighters — have a prospect to make their move. Prior to then, let’s consider a trip down memory lane to see just one of Smith’s most spectacular wins inside of the Octagon.
Back in 2018, “Lionheart” identified himself locked within the Octagon against former title contender, Volkan Oezdemir, who was coming off a championship reduction to Daniel Cormier. Smith, in the meantime, was clean off two blistering overall performance and wins around Rashad Evans and Mauricio Rua in his first two fights at Mild Heavyweight.
Following a back-and-forth first pair of rounds, Smith actually starting up to discover his assortment in what was an entertaining 3rd round. Just after busing up Oezdemir’s grill up a little bit, Smith scored a takedown and ultimately took “No Time’s” back again. Immediately after a little bit of a battle, Smith at some point sunk in a fight-ending rear naked choke to give him his 3rd straight earn. It proved to be adequate to gain him a shot at Jon Jones, nevertheless he went on to reduce a unanimous final decision to the previous champion at UFC 235.
Now, Smith will appear to get back on observe by tying to hand Rakic his second straight reduction following previously likely unbeaten in 7 several years. An outstanding win in “Sin City” could get “Lionheart” again to the huge dance sooner, rather than afterwards.
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