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Anthony Johnson Interested In Returning to UFC at Heavyweight, Fighting Jon Jones

Fans were left stunned and disappointed last April when former two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight title contender Anthony Johnson announced his retirement from the sport after a second loss to 205-pound champion Daniel Cormier.
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Anthony Johnson Interested In Returning to UFC at Heavyweight, Fighting Jon Jones

Fans were left stunned and disappointed last April when former two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight title contender Anthony Johnson announced his retirement from the sport after a second loss to 205-pound champion Daniel Cormier.
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UFC Moncton: Anthony Smith Delivers Warning to Jon Jones in Response to Former Champ

It remains to be seen if Anthony Smith ends up facing Jon Jones in the coming months, but “Lionheart” delivered a warning to the former, light-heavyweight champ, following his win last night at UFC Moncton.

Smith took on fellow contender, Volkan Oezdemir in Saturday’s headliner, and proceeded to finish the feared striker with a rear-naked-choke in round three. Following round two, it looked like Oezdemir might be headed to victory, as he controlled much of the second frame. Smith, however, rebounded in round three, and scored the biggest win of his career.

Well, after the bout, Jones was asked for his take on Smith’s performance, and the star labelled it as “OK”. Smith was asked to respond to Jones’ tweet, and here’s some of what he had to say (quotes via MMA Junkie):

“If he ain’t worried about it, what’s he watching for?” Smith said. “Jon Jones should worry about Alexander Gustafsson first. I think that performance was exactly one Jon Jones would hate to see. You’re not going to get me out of there with a little bit of flash and some hard punches. That ain’t going to happen. But if I was Jon Jones, I would probably be a little bit more worried about Alexander Gustafsson than Anthony Smith right now.”

“(He’s not going to win) if he’s more focused about what me and Volkan Oezdemir are doing, that’s for damn sure,” Smith added. “The best Jon Jones has to show up to win that fight. I’d imagine with all the time off that Jon is going to train his ass off. He claims that he didn’t train at all for the first one, so the real Jon Jones shows up, I’d imagine he gets it done. I hope he does because that’s who I want. That’s no disrespect to Gustafsson. I want to be the man to take out Jon Jones, but he’s got to get through Gus first.”

There you have it. Now, Jones’ comments shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise really. While Smith showed a ton of heart last night, and once again, demonstrated he’s a very dangerous fighter, he didn’t cruise through Oezdemir. It should also be noted that Jones didn’t come out and outright, criticize Smith’s performance either.

Smith is on point in noting that Jones should worry about beating Gustafsson first, after all, their first fight in 2013 was very competitive, and “The Mauler” has remained a top contender for a reason. The two will rematch on December 29th at UFC 232, which will go down in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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UFC Moncton: Anthony Smith Continues Rise up 205 Ranks

Anthony Smith continued his thrilling rise up the light-heavyweight ranks tonight, as “Lionheart” scored a submission win over Volkan Oezdemir at UFC Moncton.

As expected would be the case, both fighters came out pressuring and firing off a steady stream of strikes. Smith also teased a couple of takedowns early on, however, and the action moved to the Octagon fence.

In round two, Oezdemir appeared to be getting the better of the exchanges, particularly with leg kicks, and he took Smith down later in the frame. Although he was unable to land any really, punishing shots, he did control the action for the remainder of the round.

In round three, Smith proceeded to take Oezdemir down after several exchanges on the feet, and eventually sunk in a fight ending, rear-naked-choke. It’s Smith’s third straight win since he moved up to 205 from the middleweight division.

Here are the complete results for UFC Moncton.

Anthony Smith def. Volkan Oezdemir via submission (rear-naked-choke) R3, 4:26
Michael Johnson def. Artem Lobov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Misha Cirkunov def. Patrick Cummins via submission (arm-triangle-choke) R1, 2:40
Andre Soukhamthath def. Jonathan Martinez via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)
Gian Villante def. Ed Herman def. via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Court McGee def. Alex Garcia via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-28)
Sean Strickland def. Nordine Taleb via TKO (punches) R2, 3:10
Nasrat Haqparast def. Thibault Gouti via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 30-26)
Calvin Kattar def. Chris Fishgold via TKO (punches) R1, 4:11
Talita Bernardo def. Sarah Moras via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Don Madge def. Te Edwards via KO (head kick) R2, 0:14
Arjan Bhullar def. Marcelo Golm via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Stevie Ray def. Jessin Ayari via unanimous decision(29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

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UFC Moncton: Anthony Smith vs. Volkan Oezdemir – Watch Daniel Cormier Preview Tonight’s Scrap

UFC Fight Night 138 is going down today in Moncton, New Brunswick, and the headliner is one, which likely no one, is expecting to go five rounds.

That’s because the main event will feature the very dangerous, Anthony Smith, taking on the ridiculously, heavy handed Volkan Oezdemir.

Recently the UFC posted the video below, which features Daniel Cormier previewing tonight’s compelling, light-heavyweight bout.

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UFC 229 Medical Suspensions: Anthony Pettis Among Five Fighters Facing 6 Months

Anthony Pettis is looking at a lengthy layoff following his loss to Tony Ferguson at UFC 229, but it isn’t for the injury that halted their lightweight fight.
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UFC 229 Medical Suspensions: Anthony Pettis Among Five Fighters Facing 6 Months

Anthony Pettis is looking at a lengthy layoff following his loss to Tony Ferguson at UFC 229, but it isn’t for the injury that halted their lightweight fight.
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UFC 229 Medical Suspensions: Anthony Pettis Among Five Fighters Facing 6 Months

Anthony Pettis is looking at a lengthy layoff following his loss to Tony Ferguson at UFC 229, but it isn’t for the injury that halted their lightweight fight.
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UFC 229 Bonuses: Tony Ferguson, Anthony Pettis Garner ‘Fight of the Night’ Honors

There was actually another memorable fight besides what happened in the aftermath of the UFC 229 headliner.
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UFC 229 Bonuses: Tony Ferguson, Anthony Pettis Garner ‘Fight of the Night’ Honors

There was actually another memorable fight besides what happened in the aftermath of the UFC 229 headliner.
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