Anthony Smith explains why he deserves Daniel Cormier fight over “safe bets” Anderson and Latifi

The most lucrative fight on Daniel Cormier’s calendar is his planned heavyweight title fight with former champion Brock Lesnar, which is expected to occur sometime in the new year. Between now and then, however, Cormier plans to defend his light heavyweight title, most likely before the year is out.

When it comes to opponents for his next light heavyweight title fight, there are three clear frontrunners. They are: Corey Anderson, Ilir Latifi and Anthony Smith — since Cormier is not interested in fighting Alexander Gustafsson.

Cormier acknowledged these potential foes in a recent behind the scenes video from MMA Fighting. 

“When and where, Corey Anderson,” Cormier told his FOX broadcast partner Michael Bisping in the video. “When and where, [Ilir] Latifi. When and where, Anthony Smith. When and where, all of them. All of them at some point this year.”

“Take a piece of steak, put it in the Octagon,” Cormier added. “Whoever wins gets the title fight. Let’s do it like that.”

While Cormier has already agreed to fight both Latifi and Anderson, should the UFC pursue either fight, Anthony Smith feels he is clearly the most obvious option of the bunch.

Responding to an article from BJPENN.COM on Twitter, Smith made his case for a light heavyweight title shot.

“Two of those guys are completely rely on dictating where the fight happens. [Daniel Cormier] is superior to both,” Smith explained. “Two safe bets vs an unknown threat, you do the math. I control my own future and not waiting for the lottery. I’m working, not politicking. He knows where the excitement is.”

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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/30/2018.