Pros react after Magomed Ankalaev stops Anthony Smith at UFC 277

By Chris Taylor - July 30, 2022

Tonight’s UFC 277 main card was kicked off by a key light heavyweight contest between Magomed Ankalaev and Anthony Smith.

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Ankalaev (18-1 MMA) had entered the bout boasting an eight-fight winning streak, his most recent being a unanimous decision victory over former light heavyweight title challenger Thiago Santos back in March.

Meanwhile, Anthony Smith (36-17) had entered tonight’s UFC 277 event sporting a three-fight win streak, with all three of those victories coming by way of stoppage. ‘Lionheart’ ha scored a submission win over Ryan Spann in his most previous effort last September.

Tonight’s ‘Ankalaev vs. Smith’ resulted in a second round finish for the Russian standout. Magomed Ankalaev appeared to edge out the first round over Anthony Smith, and ‘Lionheart’ was seen limping back to his corner. In the early moments of round two it was clear that Smith had sustained an injury as he was desperately attempting to get the fight to the floor. Eventually Ankalaev took top position and promptly finished Smith off with ground and pound.

Official UFC 277 Result: Magomed Ankalaev def. Anthony Smith via TKO (punches) in Round 2

Check out how the pros reacted to ‘Ankalaev vs. Smith’ below:

Post-fight reactions to Magomed Ankalaev defeating Anthony Smith at UFC 277:

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