22 Nov 2019, 11:53 IST
Anthony Smith earned a title shot for the primary time in his profession and confronted Jon Jones at UFC 235. Given his “journeyman” tag, no person thought-about him to be a critical menace or contender to Jones, and within the struggle, the critics had been sadly proved proper.
Smith was defeated in a lopsided unanimous choice and appeared to pose no menace to Jones, not taking many dangers nor having a sound gameplan to defeat the dominant champion. He did, nonetheless, present quite a lot of toughness and refused to take a disqualification victory when hit with a knee to the top.
He is since had a powerful comeback and completed one among Jones’ hardest opponents up to now – Alexander Gustafsson. He isn’t within the combine for a title shot proper now, however Corey Anderson is a person who’s.
Anderson, nonetheless, can be handed over and Jones has chosen Dominick Reyes as his subsequent opponent as a substitute. Anderson hasn’t been comfortable about it and even Dana White criticized him for appearing like a “cry child”. Anthony Smith known as out Anderson after UFC 244 (who subsequently rejected his provide), however reiterated on Sirius XM as to why he must struggle him (H/T Credit score MMA Information):
“Simply put your head down, and beat the following man, and don’t complain about it. After which, each from time to time, attempt to be a bit bit thrilling and cease speaking shit concerning the guys which might be doing it proper.”
“You wish to speak s**t about me? I received a title shot. So as a substitute of speaking shit, possibly emulate what we do some bit, attempt to get a goddamn end, cease speaking shit concerning the UFC, and simply beat the following man. It’s that easy.”
He mentioned that Anderson must beat him first to get the shot in opposition to Jones:
“I don’t perceive this components in his head, it’s like he’s doing mind surgical procedure. It’s not that tough. I’m the following man that you need to beat. It’s that easy.”
Has Corey Anderson earned a title shot or is he complaining an excessive amount of as Smith mentioned?
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