Anthony Smith re-established himself as the light-heavyweight division’s top contender with an impressive fourth-round submission of Alexander Gustafsson.
And while it seems unlikely that Smith will be granted a rematch with his last opponent before The Swede, Jon Jones, beating a guy of Gustafsson’s undoubted calibre in the fashion that he did was very, very impressive.
While it lasted, it was a competitive striking match that saw both guys grab the momentum at different times.
After an evenly-contested pair of opening rounds, it was Gus who really started to turn up the heat in the third.
Known for his fantastic conditioning and durability, coming into the fourth, it did appear as though the former three-time title-challenger was going to take control of the bout from there on out.
A takedown attempt in the fourth saw Lionheart take The Mauler’s exposed back, setting the sequence of events that led to the finish into motion.
With his underrated skills and proven black-belt capabilities, Smith was able to get the choke seemingly out of nowhere – earning him the biggest win of his career to date.
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Gustafsson left his gloves in the octagon following this latest setback, announcing to the world that he plans to retire from the sport aged just 32.
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