Anthony Smith lived up to his word of continuing his “legends ass-whipping tour,” knocking out the No. 8-ranked Rua in 1:25 in the first round of Sunday’s UFC Hamburg main event.
The fight began with Smith and Rua feeling each out and testing their ranges. Smith landed a flush front kick to the face. Rua came at Smith with a right hand to back him up against the cage. Moments later, Smith connected on a jab, immediately followed by a right hand to stagger Rua. Sensing he had the former light heavyweight titleholder on the ropes, Smith kept himself composed, hit Rua with a series of left and right hands to the body and head.
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Rua, trying to survive, backed himself up against the cage, but Smith grazed Rua’s head with a sharp elbow to knock him out on his feet. Smith followed it up with another series of right and left hands to send Rua packing.
Back-to-Back former LHW champs for @LionheartSmith ..#UFCHamburg pic.twitter.com/gSyjpJ6trk
— UFC (@ufc) July 22, 2018
Since moving up to 205 pounds, Smith (30-13) is a new fighter, winning back-to-back fights in devastating fashion. This win should put him on the division rankings.
He didn’t waste time in calling out former two-time title challenger Alexander Gustafsson, pining for a fight in two weeks at UFC 227.
I think Alexander Gustafsson needs an opponent,” Smith said in his post-fight interview. “I’ll see you in L.A.!”
The loss snaps Rua’s (25-11) four-fight winning streak.
Corey Anderson defeats Glover Teixeria via unanimous decision
In a battle of top ten contenders in the light heavyweight division, No. 9 ranked-Corey Anderson def. No. 3-ranked Glover Teixeira by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) in the co-main event of UFC Hamburg to earn the biggest win of his career.
Teixeira came out the aggressor, going right at Anderson with a right hand to the body followed by a left hook. Anderson kept trying to go for the takedown but Teixeira was having none of it. Anderson realized he couldn’t go right at Teixeira with a takedown attempt and needed to set it up with his strikes and it proved to be effective with two takedowns.
Teixeira kept looking for the home run and Anderson started to pick him apart on the feet. At the end of the round, Anderson went for a takedown, but left his head open, so Texieira snatched his head for a guilliotine choke, but he didn’t have enough time to finish it off.
Anderson started the second round controlling the fight on the feet, mixing up his jab and ripping punches to the body, while Teixieira continuously looked for the one-shot knockout. To keep Teixeira honest, Anderson would go his back to his bread-and-butter, taking Texieira back down to the mat and connecting on a series of ground and pound punches to keep the slugger at bay.
Even with two rounds in the bag, Anderson started the final round by continuing to be aggressive and not giving Teixeira any chance to get off any heavy shots by grinding the former UFC light heavyweight title challenger against the cage and taking him down
Anderson (12-4), who scored eight takedowns in the bout, has now reeled off back-to-back wins. Texieira (27-7) has lost two of his last three fights.