The UFC’s “Lionheart” is set to return to action next month.
After struggling in his past couple of outings, former UFC light heavyweight title challenger Anthony Smith is set to step in against Devin Clark. The bout is expected to take place on November 28, at an event hosted at the UFC Apex.
Clark was originally anticipated to fight Shamil Gamzatov at the event. However, Gamzatov was forced off the card due to visa issues. That’s created a short-notice opportunity for Smith.
MMA Junkie was first to report news of the booking.
Smith (33-16) has lost his last two fights, against Glover Teixeira and Aleksandar Rakic. Worryingly, the one-time title challenger, against Jon Jones just a year and a half ago, has been badly outclassed in both outings. He was battered into defeat by Teixeira, before losing a one-sided unanimous decision against Rakic.
In between his loss to Jones and his two most recent fights, Smith did pick up a win against Alexander Gustafsson. However, he’s definitely in need of a win to remain among the top names in the UFC’s 205lb weight class.
That having been said, Smith’s addition to the fight is certainly an upgrade for Devin Clark (12-4). “Brown Bear” has put together two straight victories and now has a chance to make it three in a row against a very recognizable face in the division. Clark has struggled with steps up in competition in the past, dropping bouts to Rakic and the man who is now champion, Jan Blachowicz. A win over Smith would potentially land him on the short list of contenders at light heavyweight.
The UFC’s November 28 event also features an important heavyweight showdown, as Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis finally throw down.