Devonte Smith
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Booked for UFC Anaheim
LightweightUFC
June 12, 2019
Smith will square off versus John Makdessi at UFC Anaheim, Marcelo Barone of GlobalEsporte.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Smith's two UFC fights haven't lasted through the first round and he's outclassed his opponents with 32 significant strikes landed compared to just five absorbed in the two bouts. He owns a whopping eight-inch reach advantage over Makdessi, which could play in his favor in a fight that figures to see punches thrown early and often.
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Flexes the power again
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Smith defeated Dong Hyun Ma via TKO (strikes) at 3:53 of Round 1 at UFC 234 on Saturday in Melbourne.
ANALYSIS
It looked like it was only a matter of time before Smith connected with power shots and ended the fight. That turned out to be the case. Ma failed to close the distance, but eventually Smith closed the distance landed some hard power shots and brought the fight to a close. After two UFC fights, Smith has now scored two first-round finishes, with the most recent one resulting in a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. The ceiling is high for the 25-year-old, who will likely be looking for a step up in competition his next time out.
Smashes overmatched Julian Erosa Saturday in Denver
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November 10, 2018
Smith defeated Julian Erosa via KO (punches) at 0:46 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Denver.
ANALYSIS
Now that's how you make a statement in your company debut. Smith smashed an over matched Erosa with a beautiful combination and the incompetence of referee Tim Mills resulted in Erosa eating four or five unnecessary shots. Smith is now 9-1 as a professional with eight of those wins coming via knockout. Smith smartly called out the washed up Ross Pearson in his post-fight interview. Pearson is a shell of his former self and the type of opponent that the young, powerful Smith should be able to handle with ease.
Gets his UFC contract after KO finish
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Smith defeated Joseph Lowry via KO (elbows) at 2:52 of Round 1 on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, earning an official UFC contract after the show for his efforts.
ANALYSIS
In what was one of the most evenly-matched fights on the card in terms of betting odds, Smith came in and took care of business in impressive fashion. While backed against the cage, Smith came down with some vicious elbows that caught the attention of the entire arena, and it was all over after that. The marketable 25-year-old is now 8-1 as a professional with seven KO/TKO victories. Standing at 5-foot-8, he's a little small in stature for the 155-pound division, but confusing that for a lack of power would most certainly be a mistake.