UFC Fight Night Smith vs Spann
Sept 18 2021
Carlos Ortiz and Dallas Hall from MMA Fight Coverage chat with UFC current #6 ranked Light Heavyweight Anthony “Lionheart” Smith. Smith is fighting the Main Event UFC Fight Night Sept. 18. Prelims and the Main card will air on ESPN+ from the UFC Apex Las Vegas. The main event opponent is Ryan Spann who is currently ranked at #11.
What started out with Penny Buffington from MMA Fight Coverage and Anthony joking around via text ended up as a conversation that included MMA Fight Coverage Official UFC Rankings Panel Member Shawn “Dallas” Hall.
Smith says after this fight, “Preferably I am not going to take someone who is ranked below me. This will be 3 in a row. I think I have earned my way back after stubbing my toe a couple of times. I think I made up for that. I’m going to look ahead. I don’t necessarily want to fight someone coming off multiple losses so that kind of eliminates Reyes and Thiago Santos as much as both of those fights interest me. They seem like they would be a lot of fun, both those match ups especially Thiago I like Thiago as a person he’s a good dude. It kind of leaves me the odd man out because it doesn’t look like Rakic wants to fight unless it’s a tile shot so unless I skip him, I don’t know.’
Smith: “I don’t really give a shit where I’m ranked to be honest with you. Sometimes I wonder and not you ( speaking to Dallas) obviously because you know I really enjoyed the response to it and the analyst behind it and reasonings I can’t argue with it.”
Here is where I lay down the background to how the conversation started. I hit up Anthony via text to ask for an interview to promote his upcoming fight. We ended up getting way off track during the interview which became more a discussion with little mention of the fight. Which is a bit of a shame.
During our text conversation I was asking to book Anthony to be interviewed by MMA Fight Coverage Carlos Ortiz. Smith was questioning whether I booked for multiple media outlets or not since he associated me with our former name MMA Fight Radio. I explained to him we have been MMA Fight Coverage for a while now even though our name is still listed as MMA Fight Radio on the official UFC Fighter Rankings page. Smith then joked, “You guys vote on the rankings? Oh, I got some beef with you lol.” I then explained that Dallas takes the position very seriously.
Smith asked, “How the hell are Reyes and Thiago ranked above me? I’ve gotten two finishes over good guys and they’re both on a 3 fight losing streaks lol” So I went and asked Dallas just that, “He’s 5 in my rankings. Santos has a win over current champ and all 3 losses are the same except: split to #2 p4p Jones, Tough strength of schedule. Santos, Jan win is big. He’s 3-3 in last 6 and Smith is 3-3 in last 6. Santos has by far the better win though Smith has 2 straight. It’s a very close race. Smith should pull ahead if he wins next fight.” To this Smith responded, “You know… I accept that. Good for him. Love the logic. Makes sense, thought out and analytical.” This is when we decided it would be fun to have Dallas join Carlos for our scheduled interview with “Lionheart”.
The discussion then continues via Zoom video. Full on UFC Rankings discussion that leads into Judging as well. Dallas Hall explains his criteria that he uses to rank the fighters and explains his method. He also goes into the reasons why he takes his position very seriously. Both Dallas and Anthony believe in transparency which then leads to a great discussion. Please take a listen:
RANKED CURRENT UFC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
JAN BLACHOWICZ CHAMPION
1 Glover Teixeira
2 Jiri Prochazka
3 Aleksandar Rakic
4 Thiago Santos
5 Dominick Reyes
6 Anthony Smith
7 Magomed Ankalaev
8 Volkan Oezdemir
9 Nikita Krylov
10 Johnny Walker
11 Ryan Spann
12 Paul Craig
13 Misha Cirkunov
14 Jim Crute
15 Jamahal Hill
For a complete list of the UFC Rankings https://live.ru.ufc.com/rankings