A mouthwatering clash between Anthony Smith and Volkan Oezdemir is less than a day away at UFC Moncton and both fighters have had their fair share of trash talk. Smith (30-13) is roaring up the 205-pound rankings, The 30-year-old Texan, who fights out of Omaha is coming off with back-to-back stoppages against former champions Rashad Evans and Shogun Rua.
Smith is also hoping to get a shot at the Light heavyweight title next after his win. He also said it’s hard to oppose Jon Jones getting a title shot considering Daniel Cormier will now be spending the majority of his career at Heavyweight.
“As far as Jon Jones goes: Like I’ve said 100 times, I’ll never talk about anything Jon Jones does personally because that’s his own life,” Smith told MMAjunkie at UFC Fight Night 138 media day. “He wants to mess it up, that’s on him. As unfair as it does seem that Jon Jones is back in a title shot, the title’s back in the rotation, and that’s something ‘DC’ wasn’t doing. I said 100 times I never thought ‘DC’ was going to come back to 205.”
He continued that he would have thought differently about Cormier being stripped if he planned on fighting at light heavyweight again, but he is satisfied with how things turned out.
“I understand,” Smith said. “He’s the double champ, and he wanted to hold onto that as long as he could, and I couldn’t say that I would’ve done any different. I’m just glad that it’s moving again. I just hope that Jon doesn’t beat Gustafsson and then hold the division up again.
“I just don’t think that Daniel has any intention (of defending). I think that’s what it comes down to. If he had a timeline of like, ‘I’m going to fight Derrick Lewis at this time, and then in March I’m going to defend the 205 title,’ I think he’d still have it. But I think Jon Jones and Gustafsson fighting for it, he has no intention.”