For the second straight fight, in less than two months’ time, Anthony Smith destroyed a former UFC light heavyweight champion.
Smith (29-13 MMA, 6-3 UFC) blasted Mauricio Rua (25-11 MMA, 9-9 UFC) for an 89-second knockout. The win comes on the heels of his knockout win over Rashad Evans in early June, which sent Evans into retirement.
The light heavyweight bout was the main event of today’s UFC Fight Night 134 show at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
With a chance to call out light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa, who was cageside, Smith instead took a chance to request a fight in less than two weeks at UFC 204 against Alexander Gustafsson, who needs an opponent.
“I respect Jimi more than anyone in this division,” Smith said. “But I think Alexander Gustafsson needs an opponent, so I’ll see you in L.A.”
Rua threw a right hand over the top 45 seconds in, then just got out of the way of Smith’s counter elbow. Smith pumped his left jab out, but Rua landed a kick, then found himself getting backed up by a devastating barrage from Smith. Smith landed nearly a dozen punches to back Rua up.
When Rua dropped his hands, Smith continued with the punishment. A hard right hand, followed by a brutal right elbow to the temple were enough to put Rua out on his feet. He fell backward into the fence, and Smith landed one more. When referee Marc Goddard got in to stop it, it took a completely out of it Rua several seconds to understand the fight was over – 10 seconds after the fight was stopped, he still was trying to take Goddard down.
“I just believe in myself and I believe in my coaches and my support system,” Smith said. “I’ve got three beautiful daughters and a wife at home. I do this for them, not for me. … Elbows are one of my favorite techniques. My arms are so long, and I have to throw something to close that distance. My elbows are nasty man.”
Smith has won back-to-back fights against former light heavyweight champions following a knockout win over Rashad Evans in June. He has won five of his past six and his first two after moving up from middleweight. The 36-year-old Rua had a three-fight winning streak snapped, which was his longest streak in more than a decade.
Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 134 results include:
- Anthony Smith def. Mauricio Rua via knockout (strikes) – Round 1, 1:29
- Corey Anderson def. Glover Teixeira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Abu Azaitar def. Vitor Miranda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Marcin Tybura def. Stefan Struve via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Danny Roberts def. David Zawada via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
- Nasrat Haqparast def. Marc Diakiese via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
- Damir Hadzovic def. Nick Hein via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Bartosz Fabinski def. Emil Meek via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Nad Narimani def. Khalid Taha via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Aleksandar Rakic def. Justin Ledet via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-24, 30-24)
- Manny Bermudez def. Davey Grant via technical submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 0:59
- Darko Stosic def. Jeremy Kimball via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:13
- Pingyuan Liu def. Damian Stasiak via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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