Anthony Smith had a chance to prove himself inside the Octagon back in 2013, fighting twice against Roger Gracie and Antonio Braga Neto.
Both of those bouts, though, ended in submission losses for Smith.
“Lionheart” has bounced around the regional scene, taking in a couple fights with Bellator since his turn with the UFC. Now, after picking up his seventh consecutive victory, Smith (24-11) hopes for another shot with the “big boys.”
Smith finished off Josh Neer this past Friday night in the main event of Victory FC 47, avenging a 2013 loss to Neer and earning the promotions middleweight title.
More importantly, the event was the first for VFC on UFC Fight Pass, and Smith made sure to take the time to send a message to UFC president Dana White.
“Dana White, last time I had an opportunity to show you what I could do, I didn’t,” he said while wearing a hat that read “Call me, Dana.” “My name’s Anthony Smith and I’d like a shot.”
Smith connected with a series of shots, hammering Neer (36-16-1) until the ref stepped in at the 3:27 mark of the opening round. He was scheduled to face Elvi Mutapcic for the title, but the UFC called up Mutapcic as a replacement recently.
In other action from the Omaha, Nebraska card, Jarred Mercado won the vacant featherweight title with a first round submission on Alonzo Martinez and Dakota Cochrane submitted Jake Lindsey in the third round.
Complete results, along with a video recap, can be found below:
Anthony Smith def. Josh Neer via TKO (strikes) at 3:27 of Round 1 to become the VFC middleweight champion
Jarred Mercado def. Alonzo Martinez via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:15 of Round 1 to become the VFC featherweight champion
Dakota Cochrane def. Jake Lindsey via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:43 of Round 3
Cody Carrillo def. Sean Wilson via submission (guillotine choke) at :32 of Round 1
Yuri Villefort def. Kenneth Glenn via KO (flying knee) at 4:15 of Round 1
Grant Dawson def. Bryce Logan via TKO (strikes) at 3:12 of Round 2
Raufeon Stots def. Demetrius Wilson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:45 of Round 3
Nate Flanders def. Seth Bass via TKO (injury) at 3:09 of Round 1