Anthony Smith: UFC keeping up off rebooking Prochazka vs. Teixeira to see how my combat goes

Anthony Smith: UFC keeping up off rebooking Prochazka vs. Teixeira to see how my combat goes

There’s a reasons why Jiri Prochazka vs. Glover Teixeira 2 is not first up inside the UFC’s gentle heavyweight plans, in step with Anthony Smith.

Even supposing ex-champ Teixeira is campaigning for a possibility to make problems correct after a strategic error inside the UFC 275 thriller, Smith believes the promotion wishes to seem how he does against Magomed Ankalaev previous than pulling the motive.

“[UFC President] Dana [White’s] already said that that’s the No. 1 contender combat, so the winner gets a establish shot, and I imagine the fact that they haven’t re-booked Glover and Jiri – or Jan Blachowicz vs. Jiri, I imagine that’s them in a position what happens with Ankalaev and I,” Smith knowledgeable MMA Fighting. “If we have now now a stinker and it sucks, I imagine they’ll slide one of those guys in. But if I imagine we go out and do what Ankalaev and I will do, I imagine the winner of this combat gets a establish shot no matter what.

“Pay attention, Ankalaev gets in dull fights, on the other hand I don’t. I’ve been in one dull combat out of 50. I don’t suspect there’s going to be too many further of those.”

Smith, in spite of everything, is relating to a snoozer in his lone bid for the light heavyweight belt held by means of Jon Jones; their UFC 235 headliner led to a lopsided loss.

Since then, Smith’s downs inside the octagon had been modified by means of ups – he’s won 3 immediately, all by means of first-round finish. That’s contrasted by means of 3 immediately selection wins from Ankalaev in conjunction with back-to-back triumphs over one-time establish challengers Volkan Oezdemir and Thiago Santos.

Earlier in his occupation, Ankalaev was once a finishing software with stoppages in 4 of five appearances following a debut loss to Paul Craig.

“I love the best way matchup,” Smith said of the Dagestani light-heavy. “I imagine it’s in point of fact adapted for me.”

Smith moreover is conscious about that relating to excitement, it’s onerous to compete with Prochazka and Teixeira’s “Struggle of the Year” candidate.

“As far as vital establish fights, it’s no longer up there the least bit, as far as the traditional price and things like that,” Smith said. “As far as merely herbal excitement looking at it, I don’t suppose there’s an extensive 2d at the moment.”

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