Next week the UFC will head to Fort Campbell, Kentucky for its third “Fight for the Troops” event, and not surprisingly, the promotion has called on several military vets to compete on the November 6th card. One of those is active U.S. Army member Colton Smith, who will throw down with fellow TUF winner Michael Chiesa at the event.
So what kind of reception does Smith believe Chiesa is going to receive? Well, here’s what the 26 year-old lightweight relayed to MMA Junkie.com about the home crowd advantage he’s certain he’ll have.
“It’s in front of the troops; it’s in front of my brothers and sisters in arms,” Smith said. “This is in my backyard. This is going to be foreign to him. It’s going to be like fighting in Brazil against a Brazilian.
“I’m fighting on a military base with my brothers and sisters in arms, people that I’ve served overseas with and trained with and been to schools with and served the last eight years with, so I’m extremely excited. I can’t wait to put on a show for the fans.”
Crowd support aside, it’s a pivotal fight for both men. Smith is coming off a stoppage loss to Robert Whittaker at UFC 160 in May, and Chiesa was tapped out by Jorge Masvidal at UFC on FOX 8 in July.
UFN FN 31 will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and will feature decorated soldier Tim Kenney taking on middleweight Rafael Natal in the main event.
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