Anthony Smith has nothing nice to say about Johnny Walker.
Walker picked up a victory over Ryan Spann at UFC Vegas 11 and immediately called out Anthony Smith after the event. Smith has heard about the call out and he promises to beat the shit out of Walker if they were to ever meet in the Octagon.
“For whatever reason, that guy wants to fight me,” Smith said on his SiriusXM show (via Damon Martin of MMA Fighting). “That’s like the third or fourth time he’s called me out. Like shut up dude. I’ll beat the s--t out of you. Maybe I’ve lost two in a row but they’re two of the baddest motherf--kers on the planet. It’s different. There’s levels to this sh*t. I mean I would fight Johnny Walker if that’s what the UFC called for but I’m not going to go out there calling out Johnny Walker that’s for godd*mn sure.”
If the bout were to come together, it would be a battle of top 10 light heavyweights, as Smith is ranked no. 8 and Walker is ranked no. 10. The no. 8 ranked Smith also isn’t too impressed by some of the techniques Walker uses in the Octagon.
“This is what my thing has always been on Johnny Walker — you can do the jumping sh*t, the spinning stuff, flashy, craziness that he has in his fights,” Smith explained. “What we haven’t seen is Johnny Walker’s ability to be fundamental anywhere. He’s not throwing straight one-twos. He’s not throwing a two and rolling under the hook that’s coming his way. He’s not grabbing snatch singles and passing the guard on the way down. He seems to lack a lot of those fundamentals and he makes up for a lot of that stuff with his athleticism, power and explosiveness. That s--t’s going to run out at some point in time.”
Since Walker just fought last weekend at UFC Vegas 11, it could be a little while before the potential bout with Smith gets booked.