Back to the Top News Newsfeed

Anthony Smith Is Ready to Prove He’s a Top Contender in the Light Heavyweight Division

Welcome to The Weekly Takedown, Sports Illustrated’s newest look at MMA. Every week, this column will offer insight and information on the most noteworthy stories in the fight world.

Anthony Smith isn’t worried about Ryan Spann

Anthony Smith and Ryan Spann both know what is at stake in their UFC Fight Night main event Saturday.

Smith (35–16) needs this win to prove he should be fighting up the rankings. Currently sixth in the light heavyweight division, he is on a two-fight winning streak and cannot afford to drop this bout with his title aspirations.