Anthony Smith competed this past Saturday Night at UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh, defeating former Bellator MMA Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard.
Smith has competed exclusively as a middleweight in the UFC, but now he is willing to fight at light heavyweight as well.
“I just think there’s some big options for some exciting matchups at 205 (pounds),” Smith told MMA Junkie. “I think that 205 is getting a little bit dry; 185 is a shark tank. There’s plenty of guys there. I think that there’s some exciting matchups at 205. That said, if (UFC matchmaker) Mick Maynard gets ahold of my manager and says, ‘Hey, we’ve got this exciting matchup at 185,’ hey, I’m down. I’m in.”
The fighter is currently in his second run with the UFC, having won four of his five fights during this most recent run, all those wins came at 185 pounds.
No matter what weight class that Smith fights in next, the competitor just wants to have the most exciting fights possible.
“I want to keep my options open, but I also want exciting fights,” Smith said. “I want big names, and at this point I think I deserve it.”
Smith is on the best run of his career, going 11-1 since 2014 across Bellator, UFC, RFA and others. He was only 17-11 prior to that stretch