Anthony Smith Just Wants Respect From Ryan Spann, MMA Community

Anthony Smith talked about his emotional reaction after defeating Ryan Spann in the first round of UFC Fight Night 192.

Smith defeated Spann four minutes into the first round of the light heavyweight clash via submission rear-naked choke. As soon as the referee stopped the fight, Smith started talking aggressively to his rival, forcing ESPN to block it out.

“And maybe this is gonna sound arrogant or pretentious, but I have earned the respect from my peers,” Smith said. “I put a lot of work into this game. I’ve sacrificed my entire adult life to be here, to be in the position I’m sitting in right now. That’s time with my kids, that’s friendships, that’s life opportunities.”

Leading up to the fight, Spann downplayed Smith’s extensive experience. Smith lost in high-profile matchups to Glover Teixeira, Aleksandar Rakic and former champ Jon Jones.

Smith earned his third victory in a row, and he is getting closer to another title shot in the light heavyweight division.

The light heavyweight title fight between Glover Teixeira and Jan Blachowicz is scheduled for October 30.

“You don’t have to like me, we don’t have to get along, we don’t have to be friends. You can say you’re gonna kick my ass, and sometimes you might,” he added.”

“But I think just respecting my journey is the only thing I ever expect from anybody. And he didn’t. Saying he doesn’t care what I’ve done, he doesn’t care about the main events, he doesn’t care who I’ve beaten, he doesn’t care about the bonuses—I bet he cares now.”

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