Anthony Smith takes on Jon Jones for the UFC light-heavyweight championship in the main event of UFC 235. Smith gets the shot after moving up to light-heavyweight division and securing three wins in the year 2018. Smith, a 10 year veteran, enters the fight with a record of 31-13. A known finisher, Smith has managed to amass 17 knockouts and 11 submission wins in his over 40 fight career. Jones, considered by most as one of the most talented fighters to ever step in the cage, is a healthy favorite entering the fight. Smith trains out of Factor X and is also a black-belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
- Most people have already declared Jon Jones the winner of the fight. How does it feel to have all the odds against you?
Smith: I don’t really focus on odds, it’s the odds makers jobs to focus on odds and it is my job to fight so when a guy is sitting behind a desk watching money come in on bets says about my chances of winning the fight doesn’t mean anything to me.
- You moved up from middleweight to light heavyweight. How does it feel to not cut that extra weight? Do you think its time MMA has regulations on weight cuts?
Smith: It feels really good to not cut those extra pounds.
Watch UFC 235 – Jon Jones vs Anthony Smith and Tyron Woodley vs Kamaru Usman, Live and Exclusive on Sunday, 3rd March 2019 at 8.30 am (IST) on SONY SIX and SONY SIX HD channels
Interviewed by -Paarth Pande