Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith has no game plan going into his light heavyweight showdown against Alexander ‘The Mauler’ Gustafsson, but he has warned his opponent that he is a dangerous striker.
Gustafsson and Smith have earned another shot, but this time, it is not at the light-heavyweight title but at redemption as they are slated to redeem themselves at UFC on ESPN+ 10 this weekend, following their loss to reigning champion Jon Jones.
Both Gustafsson and Smith will try to get back on the winning track after absorbing a resounding defeat to ‘Bones’ at UFC 232 and UFC 235 respectively.
‘The Mauler’ met Jones for the second time in December, a rematch that was five years in the making, following their classic encounter at UFC 165 in 2013.
Smith, meanwhile, survived the Jones’ onslaught in five rounds but it was not enough to win the scorecards as he still lost via unanimous decision.
‘Lionheart’ is still dismayed about his performance against Jones but is now ready to correct the mistakes he committed in his previous fight.
— Fightful MMA & Boxing (@FightfulMMA) March 10, 2019
“I Don’t Know What Happened”
In a recent interview with Luke Thomas at the MMA Hour, Smith admitted he still cannot find the right words to describe what went down at UFC 234 against Jones.
“I still can’t [explain it] and that’s the problem,” he said, per MMA Fighting.
“It didn’t feel any different. The media obligations were a little bit crazier, Vegas was pretty wild, there was a lot of fans, I got recognized a lot more.”
“But other than that, it felt normal. The whole camp felt good. I mean, if we’re really going to split hairs, then I think training camp was a little bit too long.”
“But I can’t put my finger on anything. Fight night I felt good, walking to the Octagon I felt good, right before the fight started I felt fine and looked better than I’ve ever been.”
“I was sharp, I was on point. So I don’t know what happened.”
— Anthony Smith (@lionheartasmith) May 28, 2019
“I Want To Perform”
Going into his next UFC outing, Smith does not want to commit the same mistakes from the Jones fight and wants to be himself against Gustafsson.
He said he has no game plan in this fight as he would trust his instinct and react to every kind of situation during the match.
“I have this feeling where I just need to destroy something. So whatever happens in the interim, it doesn’t matter to me.”
“I just need to get this feeling out of my stomach and it’s driving me crazy and it keeps me up at night.”
“I just don’t give a s**t. It could be Alex, it could have been 10 other guys in the division. There’s no gameplan.”
“I’m a pressure guy that gets in your face and swings hammers.”
“I could be a super clean striker that’s really pretty and ‘OOs’ and ‘AHHs’ everybody.”
“But deep down in my heart, that’s not who I am and I think that, I don’t know, maybe I was trying to be something I’m not [against Jones].”
— theScore (@theScore) May 28, 2019
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