UFC Moncton: Anthony Smith Has Message For Potential Challengers, Following Pivotal Win
By FCF Staff
After submitting Volkan Oezdemir at UFC Moncton on Saturday night, Anthony Smith had a message for potential challengers, who might call him out in the coming days.
Smith (31-13) defeated Oezdemir in the third round of their headlining fight, by sinking in a fight ending, rear-naked-choke. Since Oezdemir is ranked #2 light-heavyweight rankings, the victory will move Smith into the title shot mix. While discussing his short term future, following last night’s victory, Smith had this to say (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I’m going to go ahead and get this out here now: I’ve said that I’ll fight anyone, anytime, any place, but I also said that I need a break,” Smith said. “My hand’s pretty banged up. We’re definitely going to need an X-ray. My leg’s pretty banged up. So I don’t want any of these idiot 205ers that are ranked in the division – nothing against Dominick Reyes, but I can see it now. As soon as I get home on Monday they’re going to be calling for a fight, and I already said I needed a break, and they’re going to use this as an opportunity to say that I’m turning fights down. I’m telling you guys right now: I’m taking a (expletive) break. I need a goddamn break.”
Smith has won three straight fights now since moving up to 205. Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson are booked to fight on December 29th at UFC 232. The light-heavyweight title, currently held by Daniel Cormier, will be vacated once the bout begins.