Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (19-8-1) became the 15th man to fall victim to the power of ‘Lionheart’ Anthony Smith (29-13) tonight in Chicago. Smith only needed 53 seconds to dispose of Evans in the headlining contest of the UFC Fight Pass portion of UFC 225.
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Evans, who returned to light heavyweight for the first time since being knocked out be Glover Teixeira in Tampa back in 2016, is now dealing with a 5-fight losing skid — his last victory came against Chael Sonnen all the way back at UFC 167 in late 2013.
For Smith, the 29-year-old vet couldn’t have asked for a better debut at 205 lbs. It’ll be interesting to see if he can crack the top 15 in one of the most shallow divisions in the sport today.