UFC Fight Night 153 Preview: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Smith
Alexander Gustafsson (18-5) and Anthony Smith (31-14) will collide in a light heavyweight bout when the UFC returns to Stockholm, Sweden for UFC Fight Night 153. Both fighters are coming off title fight losses to current champion Jon Jones and will be eager to return in the win column.
Read on for a Gustaffson vs. Smith preview by Nitrogen Sports Blog.
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Smith
Despite his second loss to Jones at UFC 232 which precedes this Gusfaffson vs. Smith preview, Gustafsson (18-5-0) is still one of the very best fighters in the promotion, let alone the light heavyweight division.
After all, four of his losses have come at the hands of Jones (twice), heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson — some of the best fighters in the division’s history.
When he’s facing pretty much anyone else, “The Mauler” is simply on another level, especially with his boxing. This was evident in his fifth-round knockout of longtime contender Glover Teixeira in 2017 — which made for his 11th career knockout win. It will be key against Smith as well, who has notably lost six of his 14 defeats via knockout.
In the UFC, Gustafsson averages 4.01 significant strikes landed per minute while Smith absorbs 4.86 significant strikes per minute. With “Lionheart” also having a 43 percent significant strike defense, one can imagine the Swede’s average will improve after Saturday night.
That’s not to say Smith (31-14-0) doesn’t have a chance either. After all, 28 of his 31 wins have been finishes and he boasts a 50 percent significant strike accuracy, too. However, unlike Gustafsson, nearly half of his finishes have come by submission and if he’s getting boxed up, he will likely look to take the fight to the ground.
Conclusion for UFC Fight Night 153 main event
In mixed martial arts, anything can happen, but Gustafsson is still just 32 and has a lot less mileage than the 30-year-old Smith, heading into their UFC Fight Night 153 clash. He is also simply more well-rounded and should come away with the victory.
But with Jones being the champion, whoever wins this fight will need a lot more wins if they intend to challenge for a UFC belt again.
The world of combat sports is a wild one, to say the least. It can be unpredictable, though, that same quality of the game is what makes it so intriguing to bet on.
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