UFC Light Heavyweight contender Anthony Smith is ready to a face whatever Ryan Spann is bring to Fight Night on Saturday at UFC Vegas 37 (UFC Fight Night 192) but still finds it difficult to understand why his upcoming opponent is worked up about.
Smith (A.K.A. Lion Heart) is very clear about his standing with Spann, but is forced to question reasons behind Spann’s recent released rant in the name of a promotional video ahead of their upcoming battle.
“What a nerd. I just laughed at it the whole time,” Smith told The MMA Hour. “Like, what are you so mad about? It sounds like a bunch of shit that’s bothering him, that he’s got to convince himself. And then at the end he hit me with the old ‘Watchmen’ quote, when Rorschach was in prison: ‘I’m not locked in here with you, you’re locked in here with me.’ Get out of here, you fucking dork.”
The event which takes place at the UFC Apex Facility, in Las Vegas will see the two contenders collide in what will be a fight for the rankings. Smith ranked sixth in the table will be looking to work his way back to the title picture while a win for Spann will see him break into the top ten of the Light Heavyweight rankings.
Spann later played down the scenes from his promotional video but claims, he plans on carrying out everything he promised in the promotional video.
“Contrary to apparently Daniel Cormier’s (who also said it) and Ariel Helwani’s beliefs I’m not mad,” Spann wrote on Twitter. “Far from it lol, and Anthony Smith that’s truth (no offense), not a quote from a movie I’ve never seen.”
Anthony Smith is on a two fight winning streak after stopping Jimmy Crute and Devin Clark and those bouts came after his loss to the then UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones at UFC 205. However, Spann will be looking to go two wins in a row after his knockout Loss to Johnny Walker. Spann has since bounce back from with a knockout victory over Misha Cirkunov and Smith is very aware of his capabilities.
“I respect his abilities, for sure. I respect his attributes. I respect his skills. I just don’t — I guess I don’t talk about him,” Smith continued. “Like, I don’t really know him. I have gotten a vibe that he doesn’t like me. Some of that stuff, that’s his own insecurities. You know what I mean? He’s the one who kept talking about, ‘This is a main event and I’m not nervous.’ Well, you’re the one who keeps talking about it. This is just everyday shit for me. You’re the one who keeps bringing it up.”
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