Anthony Smith (fighter)

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Anthony Smith
Born (1988-07-26) July 26, 1988 (age 30)
Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Other names Lionheart
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1]
Weight 206 lb (93 kg; 14.7 st)
Division Middleweight (185 lbs) (2008–2018)
Light Heavyweight (205 lbs) (2018–present)
Reach 76 in (193 cm)[2]
Fighting out of Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Team Factory X
Rank Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Years active 2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 43
Wins 30
By knockout 17
By submission 10
By decision 2
Unknown 1
Losses 13
By knockout 8
By submission 4
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Anthony Smith (born July 26, 1988) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) Light Heavyweight division. A professional competitor since 2008, he has also formerly competed for Strikeforce and Bellator. As of October 8, 2018, he is ranked #10 in the official UFC light heavyweight rankings.[4]

Background[edit]

Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Smith grew up in Nebraska City.[5] He was raised by his single mother and grandfather, as his dad was absent.[6] Smith dropped out of high school in the middle of the senior year.[5] He started working full-time as a concrete finisher, which he continued until 2016.[7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Smith started his career in 2008 and fought mainly for local promotions in the midwestern United States. He compiled a professional record of 13-7, with wins against WEC veterans Logan Clark, Eric Schambari and losses to UFC veterans Jake Hecht and Jesse Forbes, before signing with Strikeforce.

Strikeforce[edit]

Smith made his Strikeforce debut on July 22, 2011 at Strikeforce Challengers: Bowling vs. Voelker III against Ben Lagman, replacing an injured Louis Taylor.[8][9] He won via KO in the second round.

Smith faced Adlan Amagov on November 18, 2011 at Strikeforce Challengers: Britt vs. Sayers.[10] He lost via KO in the first round.

Smith faced Lumumba Sayers on August 18, 2012 at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman.[11] He won via submission in the first round.

Smith faced Roger Gracie on January 12, 2013 at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine.[12] He lost via submission in the second round.

After the end of Strikeforce, Smith moved to UFC.[13]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In his debut, Smith faced Antônio Braga Neto on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10. He lost the fight via kneebar submission in the first round.[14] He was subsequently released from the UFC.[15]

Bellator MMA[edit]

On April 18, 2014, Smith made his Bellator MMA debut facing Victor Moreno at Bellator 117 winning via triangle choke submission in the second round.

Smith faced Brian Green on October 17, 2014 at Bellator 129.[16] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Return to Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On February 16, 2016 Smith was re-signed to the UFC. He faced promotional newcomer Leonardo Augusto Leleco on February 21, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 83, replacing an injured Trevor Smith.[17] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[18]

Smith was briefly scheduled to face Scott Askham on July 8, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale.[19] However, Askham pulled out of the bout on April 28 and was replaced by Cezar Ferreira.[20] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[21]

Smith next faced Elvis Mutapcic on December 3, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale.[22] He won the fight via TKO in the second round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[23][24]

Smith faced Andrew Sanchez on April 15, 2017 at UFC on Fox 24.[25] He won the fight via knockout due to a combination of knee and punches in the third round.[26]

Smith faced Hector Lombard on September 16, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 116.[27] He won the fight via technical knockout in the third round.[28]

Smith faced Thiago Santos on February 3, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 125.[29] He lost the fight via technical knockout.[30] Both participants received a Fight of the Night bonus.[31]

Smith faced Rashad Evans in a light heavyweight bout on June 9, 2018 at UFC 225.[32] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[33]

In a short notice, Smith faced Maurício Rua on July 22, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 134.[34] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[35] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[36]

Smith is expected to face Volkan Oezdemir on October 27, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 138.[37]

Personal life[edit]

Smith is married and has three daughters, born in 2011, 2014 and 2017.[38]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 30–13 Maurício Rua KO (elbow and punches) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Smith July 22, 2018 1 1:29 Hamburg, Germany Performance of the Night.
Win 29–13 Rashad Evans KO (knee) UFC 225 June 9, 2018 1 0:53 Chicago, Illinois, United States Light Heavyweight debut.
Loss 28–13 Thiago Santos TKO (body kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders February 3, 2018 2 1:03 Belém, Brazil Fight of the Night.
Win 28–12 Hector Lombard TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch September 16, 2017 3 2:33 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 27–12 Andrew Sanchez KO (head kick and punches) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis April 9, 2017 3 3:52 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 26–12 Elvis Mutapcic TKO (elbow and punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale December 3, 2016 2 3:27 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 25–12 Cezar Ferreira Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia Finale July 8, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 25–11 Leonardo Augusto Guimarães Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Cowboy February 21, 2016 3 5:00 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 24–11 Josh Neer TKO (punches) VFC 47 January 14, 2016 1 3:27 Omaha, Nebraska, United States Won the VFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 23–11 Brock Jardine TKO (punches) RFA 30: Smith vs. Jardine September 18, 2015 1 3:00 Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Win 22–11 Tim Williams TKO (knee) CFFC 50: Williams vs. Smith II July 18, 2015 1 1:02 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Defended the CFFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 21–11 Tim Williams Submission (inverted triangle choke) CFFC 46: Williams vs. Smith February 28, 2015 2 1:15 Chester, Pennsylvania, United States Won the CFFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 20–11 Andrew Kapel Submission (rear-naked choke) EB: Beatdown at 4 Bears 12 November 29, 2014 1 2:18 New Town, North Dakota, United States
Win 19–11 Brian Green Decision (unanimous) Bellator 129 October 17, 2014 3 5:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 18–11 Victor Moreno Submission (triangle choke) Bellator 117 April 18, 2014 2 0:59 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Loss 17–11 Josh Neer Submission (rear-naked choke) VFC 41 December 14, 2013 3 3:48 Ralston, Nebraska, United States
Loss 17–10 Antônio Braga Neto Submission (kneebar) UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum June 8, 2013 1 1:52 Fortaleza, Brazil
Loss 17–9 Roger Gracie Submission (arm-triangle choke) Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine January 12, 2013 2 3:16 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win 17–8 Lumumba Sayers Submission (triangle choke) Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman August 18, 2012 1 3:52 San Diego, California, United States
Win 16–8 Richard White TKO (punches) Disorderly Conduct: Fireworks June 30, 2012 1 2:35 Nebraska City, Nebraska, United States
Win 15–8 Ian Berg Submission (arm-triangle choke) VFC: Victory Fighting Championship 37 April 13, 2012 2 2:01 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Loss 14–8 Adlan Amagov KO (punches) Strikeforce Challengers: Britt vs. Sayers November 18, 2011 1 2:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (188 lbs) bout; Smith missed weight.
Win 14–7 Ben Lagman KO (punch) Strikeforce Challengers: Voelker vs. Bowling III July 22, 2011 2 0:33 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–7 Curtis Johnson KO (punches) CFC 6: Slugfest July 9, 2011 1 3:13 Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Win 12–7 Eric Schambari TKO (punches) C3 Fights: MMA Championship Fights June 4, 2011 1 1:46 Concho, Oklahoma, United States
Win 11–7 Matt Gabel Submission (triangle choke) EC: Extreme Challenge 181 April 15, 2011 1 1:50 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 10–7 Demetrius Richards TKO (punches) Extreme Challenge: Bad Blood February 11, 2011 2 2:07 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 9–7 Ben Crowder KO (punch) CFC 2: Season's Beatings December 17, 2010 1 1:09 Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Loss 8–7 Jesse Forbes TKO (punches) Crowbar MMA: Fall Brawl September 11, 2010 2 1:28 Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Win 8–6 Logan Clark TKO (doctor stoppage) Seconds Out / Vivid MMA: Havoc at the Hyatt 2 June 19, 2010 2 2:22 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 7–6 Lucas St. Claire Submission (armbar) MF: Max Fights 10 May 8, 2010 1 3:19 East Grand Forks, Minnesota, United States
Win 6–6 Mike George KO (punch) TriState Cage Fights: Island Warfare April 17, 2010 1 0:22 Grand Island, Nebraska, United States
Loss 5–6 Jake Hecht TKO (punches) VFC 30: Night of Champions February 5, 2010 3 4:35 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Loss 5–5 Mike Pitz TKO (punches) FCI: Fight Club Inc. July 25, 2009 2 3:21 Addison, Illinois, United States
Loss 5–4 Chaun Sims TKO (punches) Fight To Win: Colorado vs. Nebraska March 14, 2009 2 2:00 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 5–3 Brian Monahan Submission (armbar) VFC 26: Onslaught February 20, 2009 1 N/A Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 5–2 Rico Washington Sr. TKO (punches) MCS: Minnesota Combat Sports January 9, 2009 1 0:54 Maplewood, Minnesota, United States
Loss 4–2 Charley Lynch TKO (punches) Brutaal: Fight Night November 6, 2008 1 3:12 Maplewood, Minnesota, United States
Win 4–1 Chuck Parmelee Submission (choke) Torment: MMA September 20, 2008 2 1:26 Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Loss 3–1 Chuck Parmelee TKO (punches) TCF: TriState Cage Fights June 14, 2008 2 N/A Yankton, South Dakota, United States
Win 3–0 Ricky Duvall N/A VFC 23: Validation May 9, 2008 N/A N/A Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 2–0 Jeremy Shepherd Submission (choke) PP: Pugilistic Productions March 22, 2008 2 2:13 Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Win 1–0 Dave Moran Submission (armbar) VFC 22: Ascension February 29, 2008 2 1:19 Sioux City, Iowa, United States

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Anthony Smith ESPN Profile". ESPN.com.
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  5. ^ a b "Anthony Smith: Back to fighting for the fun of it at VFC 41". victoryfighter.com.
  6. ^ John Morgan (December 2, 2012). "Anthony Smith: From near death to nearly in UFC and his chance to prove me wrong". mmajunkie.com.
  7. ^ Matt Serra (17 August 2018). "UFC Unfiltered UF223" (Podcast). UFC Unfiltered. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  8. ^ With Louis Taylor out, Anthony Smith faces Ben Lagman at Strikeforce Challengers 17[permanent dead link] by John Morgan (MMAJunkie.com) on July 13, 2011
  9. ^ Strikeforce payouts and salaries for 'Voelker vs Bowling 3' event fighters on July 23 by Jesse Holland (MMAMania.com) on July 25, 2011
  10. ^ Strikeforce Challengers 20 results recap for 'Britt vs Sayers' event on Nov. 18 by Adam Guillen Jr. (MMAMania.com) on November 19, 2011
  11. ^ Strikeforce: Rousey Vs Kaufman Results – Fan Reaction by David King (sports.yahoo.com) on August 19, 2012
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  38. ^ http://combatpress.com/2015/02/cffc-title-challenger-anthony-smith-making-his-kids-proud/
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