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UFC on ESPN 18: Anthony Smith chokes out Devin Clark

"Lionheart" returns to form

Anthony Smith made quick work of Devin Clark in the main event of UFC on ESPN 18 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas Saturday night.

Smith (34-16-0) snapped a two fight losing skid with a convincing first round submission win over Devin Clark (12-5-0), a win the No. 6 light heavyweight sorely needed to prevent being on the UFC bubble.

Smith took Clark down seconds into the bout and then slapped on a triangle choke that forced referee Herb Dean to call the bout at 2:34.

Smith, Miguel Baeza, Su Mudaerji, and Nathan Maness earned performances of the night and a $50,000 USD bonus apiece.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

NATHAN MANESS DEF. LUKE SANDERS VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 2:29

SU MUDAERJI DEF. MALCOLM GORDON VIA KO (PUNCH) R1 0:44

GINA MAZANY DEF. RACHAEL OSTOVICH VIA TKO (FRONT KICK AND PUNCHES) R3 4:10

ANDERSON DOS SANTOS DEF. MARTIN DAY VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R1 4:35

MAIN CARD 

JONATHAN PEARCE VS. KAI KAMAKA III 

WINNER: JONATHAN PEARCE VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 4:28

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KAI KAMAKA III VIA UD

Andrews: JSP is for real, upsetting Pearce.

ASHLEE  EVANS-SMITH VS. NORMA DUMONT VIANA

WINNER: NORMA DUMONT VIA UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ASHLEE EVANS-SMITH VIA UD

Andrews: Dumont missed weight and she bullied Evans-Smith here.

SPIKE CARLYLE VS. BILL ALGEO

WINNER: BILL ALGEO VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BILL ALGEO VIA UD

Andrews: A close fight, as expected.

MIGUEL BAEZA VS. TAKASHI SATO

WINNER: MIGUEL BAEZA VIA SUBMISSION (HEAD-AND-ARM CHOKE) R2 4:28

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MIGUEL BAEZA VIA TKO

Andrews: Another impressive performance, worth of the ‘Caramel Thunder’ nickname.

JOSH PARISIAN VS. PARKER PORTER 

WINNER: PARKER PORTER VIA UD (30-27, 30-26, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOSH PARISIAN VIA TKO

Andrews: I thought someone would go down, but instead Porter ends up outworking the bigger man.

MAIN EVENT 

#6 ANTHONY SMITH VS. DEVIN CLARK

WINNER: ANTHONY SMITH VIA SUBMISSION (TRIANGLE CHOKE) R1 2:34

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DEVIN CLARK VIA TKO

Andrews: Finally, Smith leaves no doubt and gets a good win.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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