Anthony Smith: I Am Obsessed With Jon Jones

Thus far, no man has been able to win a fight against Jon Jones via decision, KO, or submission. So even with the one loss on Jon Jones’s record, it feels fair to say that no man has ever beaten Jon Jones. So Anthony Smith did not join an exclusive clu…

Thus far, no man has been able to win a fight against Jon Jones via decision, KO, or submission. So even with the one loss on Jon Jones’s record, it feels fair to say that no man has ever beaten Jon Jones. So Anthony Smith did not join an exclusive club when he, too, fell […]

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Anthony Smith Blasts Corey Anderson: There’s A Reason I Got Title Shot First

Former UFC light heavyweight title challenger Anthony Smith had no problem letting his feelings be known about Corey Anderson. The two light heavyweights have been embroiled in a war of words of late, largely stemming to Anderson not being a fan of how Smith received a title shot against Jon Jones earlier this year. And […]

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Former UFC light heavyweight title challenger Anthony Smith had no problem letting his feelings be known about Corey Anderson.

The two light heavyweights have been embroiled in a war of words of late, largely stemming to Anderson not being a fan of how Smith received a title shot against Jon Jones earlier this year. And given the light heavyweight picture as of now, it is entirely possible that they meet in the Octagon next.

Smith, who is coming off a win over Alexander Gustafsson, certainly hopes that is the case:

“As far as getting back to Jon and who I’m gonna fight, I think there’s me, Jan [Blachowicz], Corey Anderson, and Dominick Reyes,” Smith told Submission Radio (via MMA Fighting). “One of them is gonna fight Jon, so I would take myself out of that. It probably won’t be me.

“So, when it comes down to Jan, Corey or Reyes, one of them is gonna fight Jon, one of them is gonna fight me when I come back, and the other one is gonna sit and either fight someone lower down or wait. So, I’ll fight one of those three guys, likely Corey Anderson. Wouldn’t mind knocking him out either.”

Smith Calls On Anderson To Be A Fighter

“Lionheart” likened Anderson’s hostility towards him to Luke Rockhold, and believes “Overtime” is simply jealous that he received a title shot over him despite joining the division only last year.

Anderson, meanwhile, has been in the division since 2014, but only recently started making waves as a potential title challenger after enjoying a three-fight winning streak.

“Again, it’s another dude that I’ve never done anything to,” Smith explained. “Like, he’s just mad because you’ve been in the division for how many years, and haven’t even sniffed a title shot, and then guys like me and Thiago [Santos] and have three fights and get one. There’s a reason. It’s not because we sell anymore tickets than you, it’s not because we’re ‘better than you’. We just go out there and we put it on the line and we take fights when they’re offered.

“Like, I’m not saying be a company guy and suck Dana’s d*ck or anything, but be a god damn fighter. And if you have a style that’s kind of dependent on winning decisions, then just count on winning a hell lot more of them, cause that’s just how the game goes. No one wants to watch you f*cking dry hump someone’s leg for 15 minutes, unless they’re a big Jiu Jitsu fan. No one wants to see it. And I’m a Jiu Jitsu guy at heart, so I just don’t know what it is about me that rubs some of these guys the wrong way.”

Do you want to see Smith vs. Anderson next?

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Anthony Smith Would Still Love To ‘Slap The Sh*t’ Out Of Luke Rockhold

It’s no secret that Anthony Smith and Luke Rockhold despise each other. So imagine the satisfaction “Lionheart” felt seeing Rockhold get knocked out by Jan Blachowicz at UFC 239 this past weekend (Sat. July 6, 2019). The former middleweight champion took on Blachowicz in his debut at 205 pounds. Heading into the bout, Rockhold seemed […]

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It’s no secret that Anthony Smith and Luke Rockhold despise each other. So imagine the satisfaction “Lionheart” felt seeing Rockhold get knocked out by Jan Blachowicz at UFC 239 this past weekend (Sat. July 6, 2019).

The former middleweight champion took on Blachowicz in his debut at 205 pounds. Heading into the bout, Rockhold seemed very confident he would dominate his way to a championship bout against Jon Jones. However, Rockhold was stunned early in round one, and his Polish adversary was able to finish him off in the second round in devastating fashion.

Smith was recently interviewed by Submission Radio to get his thoughts on Rockhold’s loss. Despite Rockhold suffering a loss, furthering himself from Smith in the rankings and lessening any chance of them fighting next, “Lionheart” admits he’d still like to “slap the sh*t” out of the Californian:

“Yeah, Luke Rockhold still remains someone that I would love to slap the shit out of. He’s just not a good dude. We know some mutual people and I’ve heard nothing but awful things about him, and I’ve heard nothing but awful things about me come out of his mouth. So, that’s not how I was raised, that’s not how we do it here in the Midwest, in the small town of Nebraska.

“You talk shit, you get hit, and that’s how it goes. But I’m also an adult, so I understand that that’s not exactly how things go all the time. But I would have loved to have been the one to do that to him. On the flipside, it’s kind of a ‘serves you right bitch’ moment. Talk all that shit. You couldn’t beg your way into a fight with me right now. You know, coming off a win, even then the UFC didn’t like it.

“I was already waiting for that fight, and as soon as Rockhold got that win, we were gonna go into those negotiations and figure out where and when, and the UFC didn’t even like it. They didn’t like the fact that I was gonna fight a guy that wasn’t even ranked and may or may not be coming off a win over B?achowicz in his first fight. UFC didn’t even like that shit.

“My family didn’t like it, my manager didn’t like it. I just wanted it. Sometimes you just gotta do something you really want to do, not that you have to do. And sometimes it doesn’t always have to make sense. So, it would have been nice to fight him, but at the same time, I know he’s sitting at home feeling really god damn stupid. At least as far as when it comes to him and I, I know he feels really stupid and he regrets saying all that shit.”

It remains to be seen what’s next for Rockhold. UFC President Dana White suggests the former 185-pound champ should consider retirement. As for Smith, he comes off a submission victory over Alexander Gustafsson, and is likely one more big win away from a title shot.

What do you think about the beef between Smith and Rockhold?

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Anthony Smith Believes LHW Division Catching Up To Jon Jones

At UFC 235, Jon Jones successfully defended his light heavyweight championship over Anthony “Lionheart” Smith in the main event. Some believe that even with the shutout victory, Jones did not quite look like the Jon Jones of old, but the fact remains t…

At UFC 235, Jon Jones successfully defended his light heavyweight championship over Anthony “Lionheart” Smith in the main event. Some believe that even with the shutout victory, Jones did not quite look like the Jon Jones of old, but the fact remains that Jones cruised to a victory with the only roadblock along the way […]

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Anthony Smith Believes LHW Division Catching Up To Jon Jones

At UFC 235, Jon Jones successfully defended his light heavyweight championship over Anthony “Lionheart” Smith in the main event. Some believe that even with the shutout victory, Jones did not quite look like the Jon Jones of old, but the fact remains t…

At UFC 235, Jon Jones successfully defended his light heavyweight championship over Anthony “Lionheart” Smith in the main event. Some believe that even with the shutout victory, Jones did not quite look like the Jon Jones of old, but the fact remains that Jones cruised to a victory with the only roadblock along the way […]

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Anthony Smith Believes Luke Rockhold Deserved KO Loss

Anthony Smith and Luke Rockhold have had a feud going on for quite some time. As the former middleweight champion announced he would be moving up to light heavyweight he had some choice words for “Lionheart”. He believed Smith was not a legitimate threat at light heavyweight and his wins were easy. But, when Rockhold […]

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Anthony Smith and Luke Rockhold have had a feud going on for quite some time. As the former middleweight champion announced he would be moving up to light heavyweight he had some choice words for “Lionheart”.

He believed Smith was not a legitimate threat at light heavyweight and his wins were easy. But, when Rockhold made the move to light heavyweight at UFC 239, he was knocked out by Jan Blachowicz.

For Anthony Smith, he wishes he could have been the guy to knockout Luke Rockhold like that. But, he is happy it happened to him anyways as he says he deserved it.

“I would have loved to have been the guy that put Rockhold out like that. But I think it serves him right,” Smith told SiriusXM Fight Nation (H/T to MMA Fighting). “All the trash talk, all the ‘Anthony Smith is a bum. Gustafsson’s gonna roll over him and I’m gonna starch Jan,’ and just the disrespect and just looking right over Jan. 

“So it’s unfortunate that his jaw is broken. I don’t want anybody to get hurt but it is nice to, again, see Rockhold get it shoved right in his face. Every single time he’s trashed talked somebody and been too cocky and thought he was too good for everybody and that his sh*t doesn’t stink, he ends up being the one that looks stupid. So I’m glad that the MMA gods made sure that that kept happening. Again, it’s unfortunate. I don’t want anyone to get hurt but I think that all the embarrassment and the finger-pointing and the laughing that’s happening to him right now, I think he absolutely deserves it.”

It seemed likely the two would eventually fight had Rockhold won at UFC 239. Now, it seems unlikely to happen which Smith is mad about. Regardless, “Lionheart” is still a top contender at 205-pounds, while the same can not be said at Rockhold.

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