UFC lightweight Devonte Smith will return to action this February, when he takes on Brazil’s Alex Da Silva.
Speaking with James Lynch, Smith confirmed earlier this year that he would indeed be featured on the Fight Night card. The event is headlined by a heavyweight showdown between Alistair Overeem and Alexander Volkov.
The card and associated bouts have yet to be officially announced by the promotion.
Smith (10-2) has been out of action well over a year due to a torn Achilles tendon. “King Kage” last competed at UFC 241 in 2019, losing via TKO to Khama Worthy.
The 27-year old won his way into the UFC in 2018 on what was then known as Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. Smith stopped Joseph Lowry with elbows within a round to earn a UFC deal. He would win his first two bouts inside the octagon, stopping both Julian Erosa and Dong Hyun Ma.
Da Silva (21-3) has posted a 1-2 mark inside the octagon just far. Despite an impressive amount of experience for a 24-year old, the Brazilian has struggled in bouts with Alexander Yakovlev and Brad Riddell. His lone win under the UFC banner came against Rodrigo Vargas in August of 2019. Da Silva won the bout via unanimous decision.