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Despite headline spot on ESPN, Devonte Smith treated UFC 234 TKO win as ‘just another day’

Devonte Smith recaps his highlight reel opening round TKO win over Dong Hyun Ma last weekend at UFC 234.

“King Kage” talks about his patience in the fight and how he was able to land the blow that became the beginning of the end, how he remembered the pre-fight instructions from Herb Dean during the finishing sequence, the call out of Francisco Trinaldo and where he would, preferably, like that fight to take place, the state of the lightweight division and much more.

Smith also had a very interesting take on his spot on the UFC 234 card, especially with all of the factors in play on fight night and the preliminary numbers drawing over a million viewers on ESPN, along with a discussion from a former UFC champion.

“Dominick Cruz told me ‘they (the UFC) like you. They really want to showcase your skill. They like you, it’s Australia. They really like their sports’,” Smith said. “To me, I didn’t really care. When you ask me what it meant to me, I didn’t care. It doesn’t really mean a lot to me. Yeah, cool, more people got to see me fight. That’s all I thought. I didn’t think it was good or bad. It was just another day. When I fought, that’s how I felt. When you think so deep into it, it just puts unnecessary pressure on yourself. I’m happy, I’m blessed. But I don’t think too deep into that stuff.”