Anthony Smith Reflects On UFC On ESPN+ 33 Loss

UFC Light Heavyweight Anthony Smith is trying to figure out what his next route is.

Smith competed this past Saturday night, August 29. “Lionheart” shared the Octagon with Aleksandar Rakic in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 33. The kicks and grappling of Rakic proved to be too much for Smith to handle. In the end, Smith lost the fight via unanimous decision.

During the UFC on ESPN+ 33 post-fight show, Smith discussed what is next for him (via MMAFighting.com).

“I think I’ve got some big decisions to make in my career and figure out where we go from here. It’s super frustrating to lose to a guy that you feel that you can beat.”

Smith went on to say that he doesn’t want to relive the rough weight cuts during his time as a middleweight.

“I don’t know. 185’s still really tough. It’s a total lifestyle change and it’s year-round. It’s not one of those things where I can get into camp and change my diet and cut down. It’s a complete lifestyle change. I guess that’s one of the options. I guess the other option is to take some time off and get bigger. I don’t know. I’ve got some things to decide on.”

Smith has now gone 1-3 in his last four outings. In that span, he’s beaten Alexander Gustafsson but lost to Jon Jones, Glover Teixeira, and now Rakic. Smith last emerged victorious back on June 1, 2019. A 49-fight veteran with a record of 33-16, Smith will be hoping to turn the tide in a big way if he decides to keep competing.

Going into his fight with Rakic, Smith was the number five-ranked UFC Light Heavyweight. Rakic held the number eight spot. “Lionheart” will be out of the top five once the rankings are updated. It’s a tough stretch for Smith, who had been surging at 205 pounds in the early going.

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