On Saturday night, in the main event of UFC Moncton, streaking light heavyweight contender Anthony Smith picked up arguably the biggest win of his career so far, submitting former UFC light heavyweight title challenger Volkan Oezdemir in the third round of a fun scrap.
With this victory, Smith established himself as one of the very top contenders in the UFC light heavyweight division, and a frontrunner for the winner of Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson’s UFC 232 title fight.
Even if his win didn’t impress Jones.
It was OK https://t.co/lxGvqC5Pf0
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 28, 2018
“It was OK,” Jones said of Smith’s big win in Moncton.
While Jon Jones turned his nose up at the UFC Moncton main event event, Anthony Smith isn’t buying it.
“If he ain’t worried about it, what’s he watching for?” Smith told reporters shortly after his win (via MMAjunkie). “Jon Jones should worry about Alexander Gustafsson first. I think that performance was exactly one Jon Jones would hate to see. You’re not going to get me out of there with a little bit of flash and some hard punches. That ain’t going to happen. But if I was Jon Jones, I would probably be a little bit more worried about Alexander Gustafsson than Anthony Smith right now.”
“(He’s not going to win) if he’s more focused about what me and Volkan Oezdemir are doing, that’s for damn sure,” Smith added. “The best Jon Jones has to show up to win that fight. I’d imagine with all the time off that Jon is going to train his ass off. He claims that he didn’t train at all for the first one, so the real Jon Jones shows up, I’d imagine he gets it done. I hope he does because that’s who I want. That’s no disrespect to Gustafsson. I want to be the man to take out Jon Jones, but he’s got to get through Gus first.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 10/26/2018.