Anthony Smith
Lionheart

USA

No-shows Vegas main event
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 29, 2020
Smith lost to Aleksandar Rakic via unanimous decision (26-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
The two men came out firing leg kicks at each other, and Smith got the worse of it. He was clearly compromised in the later stages of Round 1 after Rakic connected with several big shots to the legs (one that resulted in a knockdown), and Smith was never able to recover. Smith was unable to plant and deliver his trademark power shots, and as a result, he spent a good portion of the bout fighting off of his back. The poor performance comes at the worst possible time for "Lionheart". With Jon Jones having vacated the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, the division is seemingly wide open, but Smith was unable to take advantage of the opportunity Saturday. The resurgence of Smith has been one of MMA's better stories over the past several years, but it appears the clock may have finally struck midnight on the 32-year-old. Smith is 1-3 in his past four bouts dating back to his March 2019 loss to Jones.
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Fight scheduled for Aug. 29
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 19, 2020
Smith (orbital) is in line to face Aleksandar Rakic in a light heavyweight fight as part of the UFC's upcoming Aug. 29 card, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Smith was suspended for 60 days by the Florida State Boxing Commission for a fractured orbital bone and lost some teeth in a beatdown at the hands of Glover Teixeira, but he was somehow able to avoid a 180-day suspension that would typically follow such injuries. The booking suggests he's doing well in his recovery, and Smith will aim to bounce back from his second loss in his last three fights after winning six of the previous seven. Smith sports a matching 6-foot-4 frame but surrenders two inches of reach to Rakic.
To sit a mandatory 60 days
Light HeavyweightUFC
May 14, 2020
Smith has been suspended a mandatory 60 days by the Florida State Boxing Commission and could see an additional suspension pending test results, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Smith took one of the worst beatings in recent MMA memory Wednesday night, and after the fight, he disclosed he had suffered a fractured orbital and nose, in addition to some missing teeth. That would typically warrant a maximum medical suspension of 180 days, so expect this to be extended when the test results come back. While it was a valiant effort from Smith in the loss to Glover Teixeira, his corner's failure to throw in the towel could have very well shaved years of Smith's career.
Multiple serious injuries
Light HeavyweightUFC
May 14, 2020
Smith believes he suffered a broken nose and broken orbital bone in Wednesday's loss to Glover Teixeira, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
After getting off to a strong start in Wednesday's UFC Fight Night event, the momentum shifted in Round 3 and Smith dropped the frame 10-8. Round 4 was more of the same, as Teixeira held a dominant position and continued to pour on ground-and-pound en route to another 10-8 round. The referee could have stopped the bout at several points, and Smith's corner arguably had an obligation to protect its fighter, but "Lion Heart" was still sent out for the fifth round. He lasted just over a minute before the fight was mercifully called off. Considering the countless stretch of unanswered shots Smith absorbed, it's no surprise that multiple facial fractures were sustained. Look for a maximum medical suspension to be on the way.
Epic display of toughness in loss
Light HeavyweightUFC
May 13, 2020
Smith lost to Glover Teixeira via TKO (punches) at 1:04 of Round 5 at UFC Fight Night on Wednesday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
You can't help but feel bad for Smith. He spent years rebuilding his career, fought for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship and then dropped a winnable fight here. Smith is going to be crushed by the result, but he earned plenty of new fans tonight. You could watch this sport for the next decade and not see a display of toughness like Smith showed Wednesday. He controlled the first round and a half before Teixeira popped him with a few shots and completely turned the momentum of the fight. Smith spent the last two-plus rounds being destroyed by Glover. He could have called it quits at any time and refused. In between Rounds 4 and 5, Smith told his corner that his teeth were falling out. The fight could/should have been stopped at multiple points, but referee Jason Herzog let Smith work through it. Smith is going to be back. He's been through too much to not rebound, but it's going to take a while. He absorbed too much punishment here to be back any time soon.
Bout versus Teixeira back on
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 24, 2020
Smith will will take on Glover Teixeira on May 13 in Jacksonville, Mike Bohn of MMAJunkie.USAToday.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This matchup was originally supposed to happen at UFC Lincoln before it got cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. Smith has won four of his last five bouts with his only loss coming to Jon Jones in a title fight at UFC 235. Meanwhile, Teixeira has a three-fight winning streak.