Schnell (12-4-0) will enter the contest on the strength of a two fight winning streak, defeating the duo of Marco Beltran and Naoki Inoue. Schnell hasn’t suffered a defeat in almost two years, with that last loss coming to Hector Sandoval via first round knockout at UFC Fight Night 108. Schnell has picked up twelve wins as a professional MMA fighter and half of them have come by way of submission.
Smolka (15-5-0) is currently undefeated in his second run with the UFC, having defeated Su Mudaerji by second round submission at UFC Fight Night Beijing. Smolka went 5-5-0 during his first run with the UFC and ended that first stint on a four fight losing streak. Smolka has suffered five defeats as a professional MMA fighter and four of them have come by way of decision.
UFC Fight Night Wichita takes place on Saturday, March 9 from the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas with Derrick Lewis and Junior Dos Santos headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on ESPN+.