Anthony Smith continued his thrilling rise up the light-heavyweight ranks tonight, as “Lionheart” scored a submission win over Volkan Oezdemir at UFC Moncton.
As expected would be the case, both fighters came out pressuring and firing off a steady stream of strikes. Smith also teased a couple of takedowns early on, however, and the action moved to the Octagon fence.
In round two, Oezdemir appeared to be getting the better of the exchanges, particularly with leg kicks, and he took Smith down later in the frame. Although he was unable to land any really, punishing shots, he did control the action for the remainder of the round.
In round three, Smith proceeded to take Oezdemir down after several exchanges on the feet, and eventually sunk in a fight ending, rear-naked-choke. It’s Smith’s third straight win since he moved up to 205 from the middleweight division.
Here are the complete results for UFC Moncton.
Anthony Smith def. Volkan Oezdemir via submission (rear-naked-choke) R3, 4:26
Michael Johnson def. Artem Lobov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Misha Cirkunov def. Patrick Cummins via submission (arm-triangle-choke) R1, 2:40
Andre Soukhamthath def. Jonathan Martinez via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)
Gian Villante def. Ed Herman def. via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Court McGee def. Alex Garcia via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-28)
Sean Strickland def. Nordine Taleb via TKO (punches) R2, 3:10
Nasrat Haqparast def. Thibault Gouti via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 30-26)
Calvin Kattar def. Chris Fishgold via TKO (punches) R1, 4:11
Talita Bernardo def. Sarah Moras via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Don Madge def. Te Edwards via KO (head kick) R2, 0:14
Arjan Bhullar def. Marcelo Golm via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Stevie Ray def. Jessin Ayari via unanimous decision(29-28, 29-28, 30-27)