Anthony Smith lost to Jon Jones at UFC 235. His next fight was against Alexander Gustafson where he won by submission at UFC Fight Night 153 (UFC on ESPN+ 11). At the post fight presser for that event in Stockholm, when Smith addressed what is next, he said he wanted another title shot and that he “wouldn’t still be here if I wasn’t chasing after Jon Jones.”
Smith does not want Jones to forget he wants another crack at him. While he already had his chance at UFC 235 and lost to Jones by unanimous decision. Afterward, Smith acknowledged he was off if his game when they fought but is still looking for another shot at Jones.
While Jones was boasting about his greatness before his longtime rival, Daniel Cormier is contemplating retirement after UFC 241, Jones said on social media, “Everyone I’ve ever faced has either retired, lost the rematch, switch weight classes or switched organizations.”
Smith felt the need to reply with, “not everyone.”
Not everyone… https://t.co/aE6LA0JeFb
— Anthony Smith (@lionheartasmith) August 15, 2019
Jones might be focused on drawing Cormier into one more fight at light heavyweight but Smith seems like he does not want to be counted out of being a contender in the division either. Smith injured his left hand in his fight with Gustafsson and when coaching Team Lionheart at the Kinektic event in Anaheim the Friday before UFC 241, his hand looked to still be on the mend.
Anthony Smith told MMA Fighting that he will likely return in 2020.
He is currently ranked number three in the UFC light heavyweight rankings, with Thiago Santos who Jones last fought and is also injured, and Cormier sitting at number one and has yet to make an announcement on the next stage in his career.