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"Lionheart"

Anthony Smith

#6 Light Heavyweight Division • 34-16-0 (W-L-D)

Stats & Records

  • 2
    Fight Win Streak
  • 18
    Wins by Knockout
  • 14
    Wins by Submission
Striking accuracy 46% 46%

Striking accuracy

Sig. Strikes Landed
545
Sig. Strikes Attempted
1175
Grappling accuracy 29% 29%

Grappling accuracy

Takedowns Landed
3
Takedowns Attempted
21
2.94
Sig. Str. Landed
Per Min
4.38
Sig. Str. Absorbed
Per Min
0.49
Takedown avg
Per 15 Min
0.73
Submission avg
Per 15 Min
43
%
Sig. Str. Defense
51
%
Takedown Defense
0.40
Knockdown Ratio
10:03
Average fight time

Sig. Str. By Position

Standing
447 (82%)
Clinch
64 (12%)
Ground
34 (6%)

Sig. Str. by target

66% 359 Head 18% 100 Body 16% 86 Leg

Win By Way

KO/TKO
18 (51%)
DEC
3 (9%)
SUB
14 (40%)

Event Results

Biography

Status
Active
Hometown
Corpus Christi, United States
Trains at
Mick Doyle's Kickboxing - Omaha, NE
Fighting style
Freestyle
Age
32
Height
76.00
Weight
205.00
Octagon Debut
Aug. 19, 2012
Reach
76.00
Leg reach
44.00
Q & A

TRAINING: My days vary from day to day, but typically I have two practices a day and a conditioning practice between them.

When and why did you start training for fighting? 2006. I was just a rowdy teenager that wanted to fight without getting in trouble. I didn’t expect anything to become of it. I hooked up with my management team (Disorderly Conduct Management) and began going to Premier Combat Center (Head Coach UFC vet Ryan Jensen) I excelled at training and learning all the aspects of MMA and loved it. Now, fighting is my profession and I can honestly say it probably saved my life.

What ranks and titles have you held? Victory FC middleweight champion, XKL middleweight champion, Cornhusker Fight Club middleweight champion

Do you have any heroes? Mom

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting in the UFC is a dream come true. I've been through so many trials and tribulations in life. I had my chance so many times and always came up short. It's finally my chance to show the world what I'm capable of and make my mark. I don't really feel like I'm fighting for the viewers or crowd though in this first fight; I'm fighting to show Dana and the UFC that I belong there and I will be a future star. My goal is to make an impression on them. This is my shot to change my life forever.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No, I have always been a fighter

What was your job before you started fighting? I turned pro at 19; this has been my only Job. I have been paying my dues, grinding, and living off of this sport I LOVE!

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Fought over 30 amateur fights and won every local promotion’s belt in Nebraska

Ranks in any martial arts styles: Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt

Favorite grappling technique: Triangle

Favorite Striking technique: Head kicks

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Anthony Smith prepares to fight Aleksandar Rakic of Austria in their light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 29, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
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Anthony Smith punches Glover Teixeira of Brazil in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night Event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 13, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC)