Anthony Smith could face Jan Blachowicz next time around.
Smith revealed on Monday the MMA time that he agreed to face Aleksandar Rakic on December 18. The fight was accepted but Smith says he has a small injury that forced him to withdraw from the fight, but now he has said just hours after Blachowicz lost his title to Glover Teixeira at UFC 267, the promotion offered him a fight against the Pole.
“Looks like we have someone else. I like this Jan Blachowicz fight. They brought it to me that night. He wants to fight again, he wants to fight soon, ”Smith said. “I’m not madly hurt, I’m just dealing with little things and infection. As long as we can eliminate the infection, I don’t think February is out of the question. “
According to Smith, his preference is to get the rematch with Rakic, but he doesn’t think the Austrian wants to wait until after December. With that, a fight against Blachowicz makes sense.
“Yeah sure, I love this fight and I love this guy. I want Rakic’s fight, I want it to come back but I don’t think he wants to wait, so if he wants to come in and fight someone else, that’s fine. I love Jan Blachowicz’s fight, ”said Smith.
Anthony Smith just won a first round submission against Ryan Spann, his third consecutive victory. Prior to that, he beat Jimmy Crute by TKO due to a leg injury and subdued Devin Clark. The winning streak ended his two-fight slippage where he lost to Glover Teixeira and Rakic.
Blachowicz, meanwhile, lost his UFC light heavyweight title on Saturday as he lost by submission in the second round to Teixeira. He mentioned he wanted to make a quick turnaround and it looks like it will be against Smith.
Who do you think will win if they end up fighting, Anthony Smith or Jan Blachowicz?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM