Anthony Smith dishes on his feelings about being demoted on the UFC on ABC fight card.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UFC has not been traveling as much as it had previously. Now that the world is opened back up events are starting to return to markets that they have been missing. In May the UFC will hold an event at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The plan was originally for the event to be headlined by a light heavyweight showdown between Anthony Smith and Johnny Walker, but this week news broke that a new main event will be taking their place.
For unknown reasons, the UFC decided to demote Smith vs. Walker to lower on the fight card. The new headliner will be a heavyweight fight between Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Jailton Almeida. This means that the Smith/Walker fight will go from being five rounds to three rounds. Fans were a bit outraged on social media about this change. They began to speculate if perhaps the bout was in danger of being canceled or if perhaps one fighter was injured.
Anthony Smith sets the record straight on fight demotion at UFC on ABC 4
Smith has heard the outpour of concern from his fans. He spoke about the changes to his fight on a recent episode of Believe You Me on YouTube.
“I’m very fortunate that people are coming to my defense, you know, like saying, ‘Oh, this is bullshit. Anthony should be,’ listen, guys, I don’t give a sh-t,” he said. “It doesn’t matter to me at all. The only difference is it’s three rounds versus five. To be honest as an easier fight. So it’s 10 less minutes potentially. I obviously can’t get into details but the UFC is taking great care of me. I am not upset. It doesn’t matter. I’m good. Johnny’s good. I signed the new contract, changing it from five rounds to three yesterday. So we’re 100% a go. I am so dialed in and I’m so focused. I could not give any sh-ts less if it’s the first fight, the last fight, somewhere in the middle. I don’t care. I’m focused on me.”
Smith is looking to get back in the win column on May 13 against Walker. He is coming off a loss to Magomed Ankalaev back in July of last year. He was supposed to fight champion Jamahal Hill in March before he was bumped up to a title shot. Smith seems to be fine with the change this time around and just wants to get in the cage and compete.