UFC Hamburg Results : Anthony Smith Ends Shotgun Rua With A Devastating 89 Second KO
Ex-middleweight Anthony Smith has elevated himself into the light heavyweight ranks with brutal KO of another light heavyweight contender Mauricio (shotgun) Rua. This time needing just 89 seconds of the opening round.
Smith (26-10) had last months ended Rashad Evans in early June, sending him into retirement with just 53 seconds into the opening round in his debut at 205 but this one will surely send a message to every top light Heavyweight in the division.
At the 45th minute, Rua dodged a counter strike from Smith but his kick afterwards was replied by about a dozen punches backing him up by Smith
Rua backed down and Smith capitalized with more punishment. A hard right hand, followed by a brutal right elbow to the temple were enough to put Rua out on his feet. He fell backward into the fence and another strike before the referee Marc Goddard got in to stop it.
Rua didn’t realize the fight had ended, he was still trying to take down referee Marc Goddard after 10 seconds of the Stoppage.
“I respect Jimi more than anyone in this division,” Smith said. “But I think Alexander Gustafsson needs an opponent, so I’ll see you in L.A.”
“I just believe in myself and I believe in my coaches and my support system,” Smith said. “I’ve got three beautiful daughters and a wife at home. I do this for them, not for me. … Elbows are one of my favorite techniques. My arms are so long, and I have to throw something to close that distance. My elbows are nasty man.”
UFC Hamburg (UFC Fight Night 134) Full Card Results
🌐 Anthony Smith def. Mauricio Rua via knockout (strikes) – Round 1, 1:29
🌐 Corey Anderson def. Glover Teixeira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
🌐 Abu Azaitar def. Vitor Miranda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
🌐 Marcin Tybura def. Stefan Struve via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
🌐 Danny Roberts def. David Zawada via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
🌐 Nasrat Haqparast def. Marc Diakiese via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
🌐 Damir Hadzovic def. Nick Hein via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
🌐 Bartosz Fabinski def. Emil Meek via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
🌐 Nad Narimani def. Khalid Taha via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
🌐 Aleksandar Rakic def. Justin Ledet via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-24, 30-24)
🌐 Manny Bermudez def. Davey Grant via technical submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 0:59
🌐 Darko Stosic def. Jeremy Kimball via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:13
🌐 Pingyuan Liu def. Damian Stasiak via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)