Anthony Smith
Lionheart

USA

Out
Injury Hand
Est. Return 1/2/2020
Undergoes second surgery
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
August 13, 2019
Smith (hand) underwent a second surgery and will not be able to fight until 2020, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
While the recovery timetable after his first surgery may have set him back to 2020 anyway, a second surgery now confirms that Smith will not fight again in 2019. Smith suffered the injury during his victory via submission over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC Stockholm back in June.
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Set for hand surgery
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
June 3, 2019
Smith is scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday to repair his broken hand, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Smith suffered the injury during his fourth-round victory (via submission) against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC Stockholm, and a doctor's appointment Monday confirmed it would require surgery to heal. The 31-year-old said he likely won't be able to fully resume a training camp for around four months, putting a potential return at least six months away.
Details possible hand injury
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
June 3, 2019
In an appearance on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show on Monday, Smith stated that he believes he has suffered a broken hand in his victory over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC Stockholm.
ANALYSIS
Smith was en route to a doctor's appointment at the time of the interview, so more details should be available about the extent of his hand injury at a later date. He believes the injury was suffered while attempting an overhand left in the second round of his fight against Gustafsson. It's certainly not a new injury for Smith, who claims to have broken his hand on seven separate occasions and has had multiple surgical procedures to address this. In any case, look for Smith to be sidelined until fall at the earliest, when he'll look to continue racking up wins at light heavyweight in an effort to eventually get a rematch with Jon Jones.
Retires Alexander Gustafsson in win
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
June 1, 2019
Smith defeated Alexander Gustafsson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:38 of Round 4 at UFC Fight Night 153 in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Smith forced pressure on Gus early and often, landing good leg kicks and strong overhands in the first two rounds. The third round got away from him a little bit as "The Mauler" began to find his range, but a failed takedown attempt from Gus in the fourth frame allowed Smith to get his back and eventually sink in the choke. Smith underwhelmed in a title shot against Jon Jones in March but showed he is still someone to be feared at the top of the division after soundly beating a perennial title contender like Gustafsson, who retired after the bout. Smith is in a bit of a pickle as far as the title goes, as he has recent loses to not just Jones, but also challenger Thiago Santos, which means he may need to fight a few more battles before getting another chance at gold. He improves to 32-14 in professional MMA as a result of the win.
Will face Alexander Gustafsson in June
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
March 9, 2019
Smith will face Alexander Gustafsson in a light heavyweight bout at UFC FIght Night on June 1, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The two most recent light heavyweight title contenders will face off in a bout that will help reshape the top of the division. Smith was able to go the distance in a fight champion Jon Jones dominated in March, while Jones finished Gustafsson in the third round back in December. The stakes are high in this fight, with both fighters looking to get back into the title conversation, though neither is likely to get another shot until Jones is dethroned, which may take quite a while. Matchup-wise, Smith will be at a slight disadvantage in both height and reach, though it won't be as pronounced as it is for many of Gustafsson's opponents. Gustafsson -- a presumed betting favorite -- will also get the nod in striking volume, striking defense, takedown average and takedown defense.
Can't solve riddle that is Jon Jones
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
March 2, 2019
Smith came up short in his quest for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Jon Jones via unanimous decision (44-48, 44-48, 44-48) at UFC 235 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
As has been the case for everyone who had come before him, Smith's offensive and defensive game plan vanished once he got into the octagon with Jones. While he was by no means overwhelmed by his opportunity, Smith was unable to get in any sort of groove. He was giving up a massive amount of length to Jones despite the fact the two men are the same height and Smith struggled to reach the champion with any sustained attacks. Smith was the victim of an illegal shot by Jones at the end of Round 4 and he very easily could have said he couldn't continue, but that's not how Smith operates and he deserves credit for it. "Lionheart" deserved this chance, but he's not capable of defeating Jones. It's possible no one is. A true respected veteran of the sport, Saturday was Smith's 45th professional fight. Even though he came up short, it was nice to see him get his chance in the spotlight. He earned it.