A light heavyweight matchup between former champ Rashad Evans (19-7-1) and Anthony Smith (28-13) has been booked for June’s UFC 225 card. UFC officials confirmed the addition to the card on Monday via ESPN.
UFC 225 is scheduled to take place on June 9 at United Center in Chicago. A main event for the card has not yet been officially determined.
Evans has lost his last four fights in a row, however, his last two fights have been at middleweight. He’ll be moving back up to the 205-pound division for this one. “Suga” fought twice in 2017, dropping split decisions to both Sam Alvey and Daniel Kelly. Prior to that he was stopped by Glover Teixera via first-round KO in 2016 and lost a decision to Ryan Bader in 2015.
One has to go back to Nov. 2013 for Evans’ last victory when he scored a first-round TKO over Chael Sonnen at UFC 167. He is currently 2-6 in his last eight fights. Evans won The Ultimate Fighter season 2 heavyweight tournament in Nov. 2005, then went on a run at light heavyweight where he defeated Forrest Griffin for the UFC light heavyweight championship in Dec. 2008.
Smith is also moving up from middleweight for this fight and is coming off a “Fight of the Night” TKO loss to Thiago Santos at UFC Fight Night 125 last month. Prior to that he had scored three knockout victories in a row that included wins over Hector Lombard, Andrew Sanchez and Elvis Mutapcic.
Smith’s record now stands at 4-2 inside the octagon and he also holds a unanimous decision victory over Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes from his UFC debut in Feb. 2016. “Lionheart” is a former Victory Fighting Championship and CFFC middleweight champion and has finished 15 of his 28 career victories via knockout and 10 by submission.
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