Anthony Smith (mixed martial artist)
|Born||Anthony Jay Smith|
July 26, 1988
Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Division||Middleweight (185 lb) (2008–2018)|
Light Heavyweight (205 lb) (2018–present)
|Reach||76 in (193 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Omaha, Nebraska, United States|
|Team||Mick Doyle's Kickboxing Academy|
Factory X (2017–present)
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Anthony Jay Smith (born July 26, 1988) is an American professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Light Heavyweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional competitor since 2008, Smith has also formerly competed for Strikeforce and Bellator. He has beaten the likes of Mauricio Rua, Alexander Gustafsson, Volkan Oezdemir, and Rashad Evans. As of November 9, 2020, he is #6 in the UFC Light Heavyweight rankings.
Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Smith grew up in Nebraska City. He was raised by his single mother and grandfather, as his dad was absent. He has stated that he is biracial. Smith dropped out of high school in the middle of his senior year. He started working full-time as a concrete finisher, which he continued until 2016.
Mixed martial arts career
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.
Smith made his Strikeforce debut on July 22, 2011, at Strikeforce Challengers: Bowling vs. Voelker III against Ben Lagman, replacing an injured Louis Taylor. He won via KO in the second round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Return to Ultimate Fighting Championship
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. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Smith was briefly scheduled to face Scott Askham on July 8, 2016, at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale. However, Askham pulled out of the bout on April 28 and was replaced by Cezar Ferreira. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Move to Light Heavyweight Division
On short notice, Smith replaced Volkan Oezdemir, and faced yet another former champion in Maurício Rua on July 22, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 134 main event. He won the fight via knockout in the first round. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
In his third fight in five months, Smith faced Volkan Oezdemir on October 27, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 138. He won the fight by submission in the third round. This win earned him the second consecutive Performance of the Night award.
Smith faced Alexander Gustafsson on June 1, 2019 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 153. He won the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the fourth round. The win also earned Smith a Performance of the Night bonus award.
Smith was scheduled to face Glover Teixeira on April 25, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 173. However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed and rescheduled to May 13, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira. Smith lost the fight via technical knockout in the fifth round.
Smith faced Jimmy Crute on April 24, 2021 at UFC 261. He won the fight by doctor stoppage before the second round after Crute suffered foot drop as a result of a leg kick from Smith and was unable to continue.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Cage Fury Fighting Championships
- CFFC Middleweight Championship (One time)
- Victory Fighting Championships
- Victory FC Middleweight Championship (One time)
Smith is married. He has three daughters, born in 2011, 2014 and 2017.
Home invasion incident
At 4am on April 5, 2020, an intruder gained entry to Smith's home in Nebraska through an opened garage door. Smith found him “screaming at the top of his lungs” in his computer room, and proceeded to fight the man for 5 minutes until the police arrived. Smith states that the intruder "took everything that I gave him – every punch, every knee, every elbow. He took every single one of them and kept fighting me", describing the ordeal "as one of the toughest fights" of his life. The man was later identified to be 21-year-old Luke Haberman, an accomplished former high school wrestler.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|51 matches||35 wins||16 losses|
|Win||35–16||Jimmy Crute||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC 261||April 24, 2021||1||5:00||Jacksonville, Florida, United States|
|Win||34–16||Devin Clark||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC on ESPN: Smith vs. Clark||November 28, 2020||1||2:34||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||33–16||Aleksandar Rakić||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Rakić||August 29, 2020||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||33–15||Glover Teixeira||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira||May 13, 2020||5||1:04||Jacksonville, Florida, United States|
|Win||33–14||Alexander Gustafsson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Smith||June 1, 2019||4||2:38||Stockholm, Sweden||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||32–14||Jon Jones||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 235||March 2, 2019||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Jones was deducted two points in round 4 after landing an illegal knee.|
|Win||32–13||Volkan Oezdemir||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs. Smith||October 27, 2018||3||4:26||Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||31–13||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||30–13||Rashad Evans||KO (knee)||UFC 225||June 9, 2018||1||0:53||Chicago, Illinois, United States||Light Heavyweight debut.|
|Loss||29–13||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||29–12||Hector Lombard||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch||September 16, 2017||3||2:33||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||28–12||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||27–12||Elvis Mutapčić||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||26–12||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||26–11||Leonardo Augusto Guimarães||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Cowboy||February 21, 2016||3||5:00||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||25–11||Josh Neer||TKO (punches)||Victory FC 47||January 14, 2016||1||3:27||Omaha, Nebraska, United States||Won the VFC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||24–11||Brock Jardine||TKO (punches)||RFA 30: Smith vs. Jardine||September 18, 2015||1||3:00||Lincoln, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||23–11||Tim Williams||TKO (knee)||Cage Fury FC 50: Williams vs. Smith II||July 18, 2015||1||1:02||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Defended the CFFC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||22–11||Tim Williams||Submission (inverted triangle choke)||Cage Fury FC 46: Williams vs. Smith||February 28, 2015||2||1:15||Chester, Pennsylvania, United States||Won the CFFC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||21–11||Andrew Kapel||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Extreme Beatdown: Beatdown at 4 Bears 12||November 29, 2014||1||2:18||New Town, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||20–11||Brian Green||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 129||October 17, 2014||3||5:00||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||19–11||Victor Moreno||Submission (triangle choke)||Bellator 117||April 18, 2014||2||0:59||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||18–11||Josh Neer||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Victory FC 41||December 14, 2013||3||3:48||Ralston, Nebraska, United States|
|Loss||18–10||Antônio Braga Neto||Submission (kneebar)||UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum||June 8, 2013||1||1:52||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Loss||18–9||Roger Gracie||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine||January 12, 2013||2||3:16||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||18–8||Lumumba Sayers||Submission (triangle choke)||Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman||August 18, 2012||1||3:52||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||17–8||Richard White||TKO (punches)||Disorderly Conduct: Fireworks||June 30, 2012||1||2:35||Nebraska City, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||16–8||Ian Berg||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Victory FC 37||April 13, 2012||2||2:01||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||15–8||Adlan Amagov||KO (punches)||Strikeforce Challengers: Britt vs. Sayers||November 18, 2011||1||2:32||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Catchweight (188 lb) bout; Smith missed weight.|
|Win||15–7||Ben Lagman||KO (punch)||Strikeforce Challengers: Voelker vs. Bowling III||July 22, 2011||2||0:33||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–7||Curtis Johnson||KO (punches)||Cornhusker Fight Club 6: Slugfest||July 9, 2011||1||3:13||Lincoln, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||13–7||Eric Schambari||TKO (punches)||C3 Fights: MMA Championship Fights||June 4, 2011||1||1:46||Concho, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||12–7||Matt Gabel||Submission (triangle choke)||Extreme Challenge 181||April 15, 2011||1||1:50||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||11–7||Demetrius Richards||TKO (punches)||Extreme Challenge: Bad Blood||February 11, 2011||2||2:07||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||10–7||Ben Crowder||KO (punch)||Cornhusker Fight Club 2: Season's Beatings||December 17, 2010||1||1:09||Lincoln, Nebraska, United States|
|Loss||9–7||Jesse Forbes||TKO (punches)||Crowbar MMA: Fall Brawl||September 11, 2010||2||1:28||Fargo, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||9–6||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||8–6||Lucas St. Claire||Submission (armbar)||Max Fights 10||May 8, 2010||1||3:19||East Grand Forks, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||7–6||Mike George||KO (punch)||TriState Cage Fights: Island Warfare||April 17, 2010||1||0:22||Grand Island, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||6–6||James Brasco||TKO (doctor stoppage)||XKL Evolution 1||March 20, 2010||1||1:21||Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States|
|Loss||5–6||Jake Hecht||TKO (punches)||Victory FC 30: Night of Champions||February 5, 2010||3||4:35||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||5–5||Mike Pitz||TKO (punches)||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)||Victory FC 26: Onslaught||February 20, 2009||1||N/A||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||5–2||Rico Washington Sr.||TKO (punches)||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)||TriState Cage Fights||June 14, 2008||2||N/A||Yankton, South Dakota, United States|
|Win||3–0||Ricky Duvall||N/A||Victory FC 23: Validation||May 9, 2008||N/A||N/A||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||2–0||Jeremy Shepherd||Submission (choke)||Pugilistic Productions||March 22, 2008||2||2:13||Lincoln, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||1–0||Dave Moran||Submission (armbar)||Victory FC 22: Ascension||February 29, 2008||2||1:19||Sioux City, Iowa, United States|
- List of current UFC fighters
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- Mixed martial arts show results Date: November 28, 2020
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