UFC FN 134: Anthony Smith Says “Something Just Clicked” After Moving up to LHW
By FCF Staff
After moving up to light-heavyweight and taking out Rashad Evans, it certainly sounds like Anthony Smith’s days as a middleweight are behind him.
Smith moved up to light-heavyweight last month at UFC 225, and proceeded to finish Evans in the opening round. Since then, “Lionheart” agreed to step in on short notice to fight “Shogun” Rua tomorrow, in the headliner of UFC FN 134.
In a recent article at UFC.com, the veteran fighter reported the following, while discussing how he felt competing at 205.
“Something just clicked,” Smith said. “I think that not cutting down to 185 completely changed everything. And I didn’t realize how much it was actually going to change until I was about to fight. I think I finally found out what adrenalin felt like for the first time. (Laughs) I felt hyper-aggressive and overly confident.”
And while discussing how he believes his bout with Rua will go, and the fact he’s fighting a second former champ in such a short period of time, Smith said this:
“…I’m a hundred percent confident that I’m gonna get Shogun out of there on Sunday. But I’m in a position where when I wake up Monday, I will have beaten two of my idols in a two-month span. That’s absolutely crazy to me. When I think about Shogun, I think about watching that guy fight and thinking I want everything that guy has. I want to be that guy. I’m not a big fan of individuals, but if I had to name five guys that I was a fan of, Shogun and Rashad would be in that top five. It’s just crazy to me that I’m in this position.”
UFC FN 134 will take place in Hamburg, Germany.