The MMA community reacts to Anthony Smith’s destruction of “Shogun”

Anthony Smith, Shogun Rua, UFC rankings

On Sunday afternoon, in the main event of UFC Hamburg, former middleweight contender Anthony Smith took his second fight in the UFC light heavyweight division. This fight, which followed a first-round slaughter of former champ Rashad Evans in June, saw him step in to replace Volkan Oezdemir against another former champ in Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

For fans of the legendary Shogun, this one was not pretty. For fans of the surging Anthony Smith, it couldn’t have been more beautiful.

After rocking Shogun with a front kick in the first round, Smith cranked up the offense. Moments later, he was walking his legendary foe down, shelling him with a hellacious series of punches and elbows. Suddenly, Shogun was out light a light — propped up against the cage, in the standing position, like a mannequin in a shop window.

Smith then generated even more buzz for himself by calling for a UFC 227 fight with Alexander Gustafsson.

Unsurprisingly, this massive knockout win and the Gustafsson callout that followed it generated some interesting reactions from the MMA community. Without further ado, here are some of the best reactions to Anthony Smith’s epic UFC Hamburg drubbing of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

What was your reaction to Anthony Smith’s destruction of Shogun in the UFC Hamburg main event?

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/22/2018.