Anthony Smith is UFC’s Mr. Dependable.
The UFC gentle heavyweight contender is a trusted studio analyst on broadcasts and at all times there when the promotion wants him in a giant spot. Smith was known as upon once more Friday.
With the heavyweight contender primary occasion between Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis canceled as a consequence of a optimistic COVID-19 take a look at, the UFC tabbed Smith for the headlining spot. Smith was scheduled for the co-main occasion towards Devin Clark at UFC Combat Evening on Saturday in Las Vegas. Now, Smith vs. Clark would be the headliner.
This shall be Smith’s seventh consecutive UFC primary occasion. He’s the one fighter to by no means win a UFC title who has carried out that. As well as, that is the second straight time Smith has been requested to maneuver as much as the primary occasion. In August, Smith’s bout towards Aleksandar Rakic was elevated after the cancellation of Yair Rodriguez vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov.
How a lot of a stalwart is Smith? He requested the UFC to make his struggle towards Clark 5 rounds, regardless that he had been coaching for under a three-round co-main occasion. And so it’s, and it will likely be an enormous alternative for each males.
Smith (33-16) has misplaced two straight and is attempting to get again on monitor. The Omaha, Nebraska, native fought then-champion Jon Jones for the UFC gentle heavyweight title in a shedding effort at UFC 235 in March 2019. Smith, 32, has fallen out of ESPN’s top-10 gentle heavyweight rankings however remains to be only a brief successful streak away from being a contender once more.
Clark (12-4), in the meantime, has by no means had this sort of platform. The South Dakota native has gained two in a row however has by no means even fought as excessive as a co-main occasion within the UFC. Clark, 30, needs to be well-prepared for Smith, although. Clark is a longtime teammate of Jones at JacksonWink MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In a bout now appearing because the co-main occasion, a pair of rising welterweights in Miguel Baeza and Takashi Sato will sq. off. Baeza (9-0), a coaching accomplice of Colby Covington, is a legit prospect and coming off a knockout of veteran Matt Brown in Might. Sato (16-3) knocked out Jason Witt in simply 48 seconds in his final bout in June.
Additionally on the cardboard, heavyweight prospects Josh Parisian and Parker Porter match up, featherweight prospects Jonathan Pearce and Kai Kamaka conflict and well-liked girls’s flyweight Rachael Ostovich tries to snap a two-fight shedding streak towards Gina Mazany.
Combat in progress:
The UFC might need a brand new title to look at at 125 kilos.
Mudaerji seemed wonderful in his flyweight debut, stopping Gordon through TKO at 44 seconds of the primary spherical. Mudaerji made it look simple. He sniped Gordon with precision straight left arms till Gordon principally had sufficient, flopping to the mat. Mudaerji adopted him to the canvas and landed extra blows till referee Dan Miragliotta stepped in to cease it.
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The stoppage is tied for the third quickest end in UFC flyweight historical past, per ESPN Stats & Data.
“That was my plan,” Mudaerji stated in his postfight interview. “I did not need to struggle within the second spherical.”
Mudaerji, simply 24 years outdated, confirmed unusual energy for a 125-pound fighter. The Tibet native has gained two straight after shedding his UFC debut to Louis Smolka in 2018. Gordon, a 30-year-old Canadian, has dropped each of his UFC fights up to now.
After only one struggle at flyweight, Mudaerji stated he is prepared for the elite of the division.
“I need to struggle subsequent somebody with a top-10 rating,” he stated.
The exchanges of punches got here quick and with a fury, each males throwing heavy leather-based for prolonged spurts of violence. Sanders appeared to land extra regularly, however on two events in Spherical 2 his knees buckled when a Maness shot related. The subsequent time they got here collectively, Maness landed a straight left hand adopted by a proper that put Sanders down, and Maness pounced to sink in a rear-naked choke at 2:29 of the spherical.
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It was an exhilarating solution to get the night time began, two Southern gents throwing warning to the wind and going for it, full pressure.
Maness, a 29-year-old out of Henderson, Kentucky, has gained three in a row, together with his UFC debut, a call win over Johnny Munoz Jr. in August. The victory was Maness’ third submission, all three by choke.
For Sanders, three of his 4 losses have been by submission. He’s 34 and from Clarksville, Tennessee, and had not fought since February 2019, when he knocked out former champion Renan Barao. Previous to that, he had misplaced three of 4.
Nonetheless to come back:
Gentle heavyweight: Anthony Smith (33-16, 8-6 UFC, -135) vs. Devin Clark (12-4, 6-4 UFC, +115)
Welterweight: Miguel Baeza (9-0, 2-0 UFC, -170) vs. Takashi Sato (16-3, 2-1 UFC, +150)
Heavyweight: Josh Parisian (13-3, 0-0 UFC, -200) vs. Parker Porter (10-6, 0-1 UFC, +175)
Males’s featherweight: Spike Carlyle (9-2, 1-1 UFC, -180) vs. Bill Algeo (13-5, 0-1 UFC, +160)
Ladies’s bantamweight: Ashley Evans-Smith (6-4, 3-4 UFC, -135) vs. Norma Dumont Viana (4-1, 0-1 UFC, +115)
Males’s featherweight: Jonathan Pearce (9-4, 0-1 UFC, +260) vs. Kai Kamaka III (8-2, 1-0 UFC, -320)
Males’s bantamweight: Martin Day (8-4, 0-2 UFC, -164) vs. Anderson dos Santos (20-8, 0-2 UFC, +145)