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‘Lionheart’ Vows To Drill Hole Through ‘Piece Of S–t’ Rockhold

It’s safe to say that Anthony Smith is not a fan of Luke Rockhold. If he is, he sure has a weird way of showing it.

While Smith and Rockhold have actually never fought inside of the Octagon, their feud is quickly boiling over outside of it. “Lionheart” certainly hasn’t been innocent in his verbal exchanges with the former UFC middleweight champion, but Rockhold ultimately struck the first blow late last year when discussing Smith’s abilities at light heavyweight.

“Anthony Smith, yeah. I mean, what, (Thiago) Santos came up just recently too. These guys, I’m just not impressed,” Rockhold told Submission Radio back in December. “They’re a little sloppy in so many ways and I see openings and I’m ready to move up. I mean, the rest of the division, there’s a couple of good guys up there, but I don’t see much. I’m ready to come up and I’m ready to shut it down. [Smith] looked like sh-t. He didn’t look good in his last fight. I’m not gonna say… he looked like a bum, truthfully.”

Since those comments were made, Smith has gone on to lose to current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in his first ever UFC title shot back in March and Rockhold has announced his official move up to 205 pounds. Now that they are in the same weight class and seem to be lining themselves up for a potential showdown inside of the Octagon, Smith is turning the heat up.

“That guys a f—king piece of sh-t,” said Smith during UFC’s seasonal press conference early Friday (video replay HERE). “F—k Luke Rockhold. The first opportunity I get, I’m gonna drill a hole through Luke Rockhold’s f—king face. I promise you guys that.”

Smith, who would gladly scrap with Rockhold inside of a Walmart, is currently scheduled to fight former title challenger Alexander Gustafsson this June at UFC on ESPN+ 10. Even though a win over Gustafsson could put “Lionheart” one more win away from a rematch with Jones he’s willing to cast that aside for a grudge match with Rockhold.

“The first opportunity I get after this fight [with Gustafsson],” Smith said when asked when he’d like to fight Rockhold. “It doesn’t matter what happens. I’ll fight Luke Rockhold with one f—king leg. I’m going to beat that dude’s f—king ass.”

Rockhold, who is coming off a disappointing knockout loss to Yoel Romero back at UFC 221 last year, is currently slated to make his 205-pound debut opposite divisional staple Jan Blachowicz at UFC 239 this July, which is an event expected to be headlined by a Jon Jones vs. Thiago Santos title fight. Should Rockhold get past Blachowicz and back into the UFC win column it would make complete sense for the promotion to book the grudge match with Smith.

Of course, a loss for either man would likely cancel out a potential clash inside of the cage.

What say you, Maniacs? Is Smith vs. Rockhold a matchup you want to see at 205 pounds? Who has the early advantage?

Sound off!

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Midnight Mania! ‘Bones’ Return Seems ‘Unfair’ But is Good For 205, Says ‘Lionheart’

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Anthony “Lionheart” Smith is happy the UFC’s troubled light heavyweight son, Jon Jones, is returning from exile- even though on the face of it, it seems unfair he is rewarded with a title shot immediately.

Via MMAJunkie.com:

“As far as Jon Jones goes: Like I’ve said 100 times, I’ll never talk about anything Jon Jones does personally because that’s his own life,” Smith told MMAjunkie at UFC Fight Night 138 media day. “He wants to mess it up, that’s on him. As unfair as it does seem that Jon Jones is back in a title shot, the title’s back in rotation, and that’s something ‘DC’ wasn’t doing. I said 100 times I never thought ‘DC’ was going to come back to 205.”

The objection in regard to Daniel Cormier is one other fighters have made- that he has no intention of making the very tough weight cut to 205 again when he has the heavyweight title. DC himself hasn’t admitted that- he says if he loses his heavyweight title at UFC 230 to Derrick Lewis, he might just come back and upset the planned UFC 232 matchup between Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. Smith doesn’t think DC has any intention of doing that, and is just glad the situation will be resolved one way or the other, for the sake of himself and the rest of the light heavyweight contenders.

“I understand,” Smith said. “He’s the double champ, and he wanted to hold onto that as long as he could, and I couldn’t say that I would’ve done any different. I’m just glad that it’s moving again. I just hope that Jon doesn’t beat Gustafsson and then hold the division up again.

“I just don’t think that Daniel has any intention (of defending). I think that’s what it comes down to. If he had a timeline of like, ‘I’m going to fight Derrick Lewis at this time, and then in March I’m going to defend the 205 title,’ I think he’d still have it. But I think Jon Jones and Gustafsson fighting for it, he has no intention.”

Anthony Smith faces Volkan Oezdemir tomorrow night in the main event of UFC Moncton tomorrow night.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 138 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” undercard bout at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” undercard bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.


Insomnia

This is very cool of Artem Lobov

A crazy Jiu-Jitsu story:

Jiu Jitsu and Weed mix very well, as the Diaz brothers could tell you.

Ben Askren kept up his trash talk today on Twitter.

The trade, Askren for Demetrious Johnson, seems like a positive event in and of itself, but it might be less of a positive development for the fighters going forward.

Rachael Ostivich grappling with her partner

Of course Tito Ortiz wants to outlive his kids

How… how do you not know Floyd Mayweather’s name as an expert in anything related to combat sports?


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Body kick!

Sometimes a kick catch doesn’t pan out:

The T-rex dance from Marcelo Rojo!

George Foreman and Ron Lyle was a heavyweight fight I hadn’t known about until today. What a slugfest!

I missed Aaron Pico in slow motion. After beating Leandro Higo, I can’t wait to see him against the elite in Bellator and perhaps eventually the UFC.


Random Land

Its been some day for Florida. First the MAGA bomber, now this.

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Midnight Mania! ‘Lionheart’ on DC’s Future at 205: ‘He Knows Right Now’

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Anthony “Lionheart” Smith, fresh off his huge knockout of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the main event of UFC: Hamburg, has some thoughts on the state of the light heavyweight division. Via MMAFighting.com:

“The top of the division is a disaster right now. ‘Shogun’ was supposed to be next and now he’s not. No one knows what’s going on with Cormier. I think that that’s the first step, we need to figure out if Cormier’s staying or going. I’ve said this before, I think that Daniel is an honorable man and it wouldn’t be a very honorable thing to do to hold up the division. He knows right now. You guys could ask him 100 times and he won’t tell you, but he knows if he’s coming back down or not, and I think that he needs to make that public so we can figure out what we’re all doing.”

Smith had attempted to call out Alexander Gustafsson after making quick work of Shogun, but as it turned out, Gustafsson had suffered some minor injuries and was no longer fighting at UFC 227.

“That’s ironic, isn’t it?” Smith said at the UFC Hamburg post-fight press conference. “It’s kinda weird how that works out. He needed an opponent yesterday. What happened between then and now? I don’t know, but that’s mighty ironic.”

Smith is completely right about Cormier’s future at light heavyweight. Gustafsson has speculated that Cormier is never cutting to 205 lbs. again, and frankly it makes no sense to jeopardize what surely would be his biggest payday ever for the lesser-known contenders at light heavyweight. Cormier will no doubt attempt to hold onto both belts for as long as he can, but it isn’t fair to the contenders- including the “entitled” Alexander Gustafsson- to hold up the belt while waiting for Lesnar to make it through six months of drug testing.


Insomnia

Nick Newell is here to be an inspiration, but not just because he’s got one hand. He fights tomorrow night on the Tuesday Night Contender Series.

Mike Perry wonders why anyone would risk their lives for an obscure sport.

Why bro ‍♂️

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I would watch Alex Volkanovski vs. Chad Mendes in a heartbeat.

This deeply disturbs me for whatever reason. Sage Northcutt should not have reposted this cursed image.

#Repost @kamurashops ・・・ #shazam

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Eddie Alvarez’s response to what he was thinking when he landed those illegal knees: he wasn’t thinking. It was just a moment of pure instinct.

When I was this age I played soccer, and there was a black girl built like a miniature tank and she also ran me over just like this. All that to say, I empathize very much with the kids getting ran over.

Oddball strongman Bud Jeffries trains to be Thor and I’m very entertained by it.

So true.

I can’t believe people get knocked out… Just dodge that shit

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I feel for Marc Diakese, who showed improvement yet still got wrecked for a third consecutive loss by Nasrat Haqparast, whose name is extremely fun to say.

#UFCHamburg on rn

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Who did this to Mark Hunt? It’s perfect.

Don’t mess with this guy. He will end you.

I just assume a large number of you can relate to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu memes, and the resigned terror of rolling with a black belt.

l Top Because Jitsu Memes Of 2017

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Daniel Cormier using his best Dad voice to scold Alexander Gustafsson. I wonder how different the world would be now if Gustafsson had taken that split decision in Houston in 2015.

Zabit Magomedsharipov showing us his roots in kung fu competition

Suga Sean O’Malley smoking a joint while hitting pads is extremely on-brand for him.

$ hitz Ea$ y #mma #ufc

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You can see the strong MMA influence in this street fight. The sport has changed the world forever.

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I can appreciate this approach, and the joke.

In the dudevorce of the week, Floyd Mayweather is tearing his old pal 50 Cent apart. It seems doubtful based on this screed that 50 Cent really got a million dollars from Bellator for his phrase, “Get the Strap”.

It is good to see Brian Ortega did finally receive some compensation (though he doesn’t specify what) for his expenses prior to his cancelled bout with Max Holloway at UFC 226.

I can’t wait for The Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung, to return against the Answer, Frankie Edgar.

Invicta allows fighters to express their creativity in ways the UFC can’t because they made the disastrous Reebok deal.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

I don’t know about knockout of the year but this was a solid KO

The delayed collapse KO is a classic subspecies of knockout I find particularly pleasing, aesthetically.

Remember when Erik Silva was the Next Big Thing at welterweight? Good to know he’s still out there getting dropped and then snatching armbars.

This shouldn’t be illegal in a grappling competition, but that’s just my two cents.

I got a strong feeling of deja vu watching this, which means I’ve been compiling KO highlights for too long.

Ran right into it


Random Land

This seems safe and not at all dangerous.

I love this old picture posted by Disney imagineer Joe Rohde, and his explanation of the unpredictability of the future.


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‘Lionheart’ Willing To Fight At Heavyweight To Get On UFC Lincoln Card

Anthony Smith really wants to compete at UFC Fight Night 135 on Aug. 25 in front of a home crowd in Lincoln, Nebraska, and it’s starting to show.

According to a recent report by ESPN, Smith, who is coming off a first-round knockout win over former UFC champion Rashad Evans at UFC 225 earlier this month, is willing to step up and fight at heavyweight to secure his position on the UFC Lincoln card.

“Lionheart” has only competed at 185 and 205 pounds throughout his 10-year professional fighting career, but that wouldn’t stop Smith from packing on some muscle and taking his talents to the land if big men.

“You got a heavyweight? I’ll fight him,” said Smith. “I honestly think people don’t believe me when I say I will fight anyone. Name a heavyweight and I’ll call him out on social media right now. That might be my next move, actually. I’ll come in at 220 pounds, no problem.”

While fighters always try to compete close to home or near a city they’ve grown to love, things don’t always work out. But considering UFC hasn’t hosted an event in Nebraska since Jake Ellenberger and Diego Sanchez locked horns in 2012, Smith feels a sense of urgency to get this done before it’s too late.

“When is the UFC going to come to Nebraska again?” Smith asked. “When is the last time they came, 2012? That’s six years. I’m almost 30. Who knows if I’ll be fighting in six years. This may be, legitimately, my last chance to fight in Nebraska in the UFC.”

Having fought at middleweight as recently as February, it’s conceivable that Smith would fight anyone from 185-265 pounds in effort to get on the UFC Lincoln card. Considering that event is roughly two months away and currently only has eight fights scheduled, it’s highly likely that the promotion finds a way to get “Lionheart” want he wants.

“A week ago, I was pretty optimistic, but now it’s coming to crunch time,” Smith said. “There are guys who already don’t want to take it on six weeks’ notice, saying that’s not enough time to prepare. If guys are worried about that now, what’s it going to be like a week from now?”

Only time will tell if Smith’s willingness to move up in weight pays off.

For complete UFC Lincoln fight card news click here.

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‘Lionheart’ Willing To Fight At Heavyweight To Get On UFC Lincoln Card

Anthony Smith really wants to compete at UFC Fight Night 135 on Aug. 25 in front of a home crowd in Lincoln, Nebraska, and it’s starting to show.

According to a recent report by ESPN, Smith, who is coming off a first-round knockout win over former UFC champion Rashad Evans at UFC 225 earlier this month, is willing to step up and fight at heavyweight to secure his position on the UFC Lincoln card.

“Lionheart” has only competed at 185 and 205 pounds throughout his 10-year professional fighting career, but that wouldn’t stop Smith from packing on some muscle and taking his talents to the land if big men.

“You got a heavyweight? I’ll fight him,” said Smith. “I honestly think people don’t believe me when I say I will fight anyone. Name a heavyweight and I’ll call him out on social media right now. That might be my next move, actually. I’ll come in at 220 pounds, no problem.”

While fighters always try to compete close to home or near a city they’ve grown to love, things don’t always work out. But considering UFC hasn’t hosted an event in Nebraska since Jake Ellenberger and Diego Sanchez locked horns in 2012, Smith feels a sense of urgency to get this done before it’s too late.

“When is the UFC going to come to Nebraska again?” Smith asked. “When is the last time they came, 2012? That’s six years. I’m almost 30. Who knows if I’ll be fighting in six years. This may be, legitimately, my last chance to fight in Nebraska in the UFC.”

Having fought at middleweight as recently as February, it’s conceivable that Smith would fight anyone from 185-265 pounds in effort to get on the UFC Lincoln card. Considering that event is roughly two months away and currently only has eight fights scheduled, it’s highly likely that the promotion finds a way to get “Lionheart” want he wants.

“A week ago, I was pretty optimistic, but now it’s coming to crunch time,” Smith said. “There are guys who already don’t want to take it on six weeks’ notice, saying that’s not enough time to prepare. If guys are worried about that now, what’s it going to be like a week from now?”

Only time will tell if Smith’s willingness to move up in weight pays off.

For complete UFC Lincoln fight card news click here.

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UFC 202: Nate Diaz hates training, loves Lionheart (Video)

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Thanks to his second-round submission win over Conor McGregor at the UFC 196 pay-per-view (PPV) event earlier this year in Las Vegas, Nevada, Nate Diaz has assumed top billing for their welterweight rematch at UFC 202, recently announced for Aug. 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada (more on that here).

But that doesn’t mean every interview opportunity has to focus on “Notorious.”

Especially when he can talk about pimping out his ride and the legendary Jean-Claude Van Damme, as well as his disdain for training camps. And like most young folks, finding out that $ 16,000 does not make you rich can be very, very depressing.

He’ll make a lot more than that for UFC 202.

The duet were originally expected to headline UFC 200; however, McGregor threw a monkey wrench into those plans. Jon Jones took over as event headliner; albeit temporarily, before joining Brock Lesnar in the not-so-distinguished USADA club.

What a crazy month.

To see who else is fighting at UFC 202 click here.

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