On Saturday night, in the main event of UFC Stockholm, Anthony Smith picked up arguably his biggest win to date, silencing the Swedish crowd in attendance with a submission of Alexander Gustafsson.
With this victory, Smith returns to the win column after a recent decision loss to UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, and reasserts himself as one of the division’s top contenders.
Speaking post-fight, Smith updated on his immediate plans and goals. After a busy start to 2019, he says he might take some time off to heal up and let the light heavyweight contendership picture shake out a bit more.
“I can just sit at the top and let those guys fight it out,” the American told the media after UFC Stockholm (via MMA Junkie). “I’m going to hang out up here for a while and we’ll see what it looks like later on.
While a break is the immediate plan for Anthony Smith, his ultimate goal is still a rematch with Jon Jones.
“I’ll tell you the same thing I’ve told Jon – I’ll see you again,” Smith said. “And that’s what I’m working toward. I’m working toward the fight with Jon. I want to get back to the title shot, and that’s the goal. So whatever that looks like when I come back, I’ll figure out this hand injury and go from there. I wouldn’t still be here if I wasn’t chasing Jon Jones.”
Whatever the case, Anthony Smith is very happy to have separated himself from his loss to Jones.
“I think it’s absolutely the biggest (win) of my career, probably the one I’m most proud of, just because of what happened in my last fight,” he said. “Typically, guys that come off of title losses don’t bounce back like that.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/2/2019.