Anthony Smith is going up against Johnny Walker at UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Almeida on Saturday, May 13 in Charlotte, North Carolina. This event is one of 12 fights on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN+. Smith is 36-17 in his career, while Walker is 20-7 in his career. There are a total of 12 fights, all on ABC, ESPN and ESPN+ at UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Almeida. Let’s look at the bout between Smith and Walker and UFC predictions.
UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Almeida takes place at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, May 13 with 12 fights, all on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN+.
UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Almeida Betting
Anthony Smith (36-17, 11-6 UFC)
Smith came into the UFC with a record of 25-11 and he has 11 wins and six losses in the UFC. In his last six fights, he has three wins and three losses. He defeated Devin Clark by triangle choke submission, Jimmy Crute by TKO, and Ryan Spann by rear-naked choke submission; while losing to Glover Teixeira by TKO, Aleksandar Rakic by unanimous decision, and Magomed Ankalaev by TKO. Smith has been a pro since 2008 and he has 20 wins by TKO/KO and 14 by submission. He has 19 first round finishes.
Johnny Walker (20-7, 6-4 UFC)
Walker came into the UFC with a record of 14-3 and he has six wins and four losses in the UFC. He defeated Khalil Rountree Jr. by KO, Justin Ledet by TKO, Misha Cirkunov by TKO, Ryan Spann by KO, Ion Cu?elaba by rear-naked choke submission, and Paul Craig by TKO; while losing to Corey Anderson by TKO, Nikita Krylov by unanimous decision, Thiago Santos by unanimous decision, and Jamahal Hill by KO. Walker has been a pro since 2013 and he has 16 wins by TKO/KO and three by submission. He has 17 first round finishes.
Walker said this to mmajunkie.usatoday.com about his upcoming fight against Smith, “He’s a pretty talented athlete, as well. He fought (Jon) Jones. He fought very high-level guys. I know he’s a complete fighter, but I think the key to the victory is I eat the ‘Lionheart.’ Hopefully he brings the best version of himself because I’m going to bring the best that I can. I’m going to prepare for the best version of Anthony Smith. Hopefully he prepared good, as well, because if not, it’s going to be a first-round knockout, a first round finish. I want to fight more. I want to show everybody my game and show everybody how good I am, so hopefully he’s a tough fighter for me. We’re just training to beat Anthony. In this game, you want to get into the top 10, top five, and championship. It’s everything you can do to bring the victory because it’s more mind games now, and all of the little details, and everything you can add to bring that victory, I’m going to do my best to do. I feel improvements so I can land better elbows, (and) better control on the fence for takedowns as, well. Then I can have my hands more active for punching, for attacks – a lot of smart moves so I can be more offensive.”
Strikes landed per minute: Smith 2.99 /Walker 3.38
Striking Accuracy: Smith 47% /Walker 60%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Smith 4.37/Walker 2.60
Defense: Smith 42% /Walker 42%
Takedown average: Smith 0.44 /Walker 0.41
Takedown Accuracy: Smith 27% /Walker 100%
Takedowns defended: Smith 48% /Walker 58%
Submission average: Smith 0.7 /Walker 1.2
This should be a competitive fight for as long as it lasts. The winner could actually be in a good position in the light heavyweight division for an upcoming marquee fight. Smith hasn’t fought since last July when he hurt his ankle in a loss to Magomed Ankalaev. Walker has won his last two fights and has looked much better. This fight is tough to call, so I’ll just focus on the rounds. Both of these fighters are known for their finishing ability, so I’ll take the rounds to go under the total.
|DATE ||FIGHTERS ||MONEY LINE |
|5/13 ||Jairzinho Rozenstruik ||+351 |
|Jailton Almeida ||-500 |
|5/13 ||Anthony Smith ||-115 |
|Johnny Walker ||-115 |
|5/13 ||Daniel Rodriguez ||+228 |
|Ian Machado Garry ||-300 |
|5/13 ||Tim Means ||+172 |
|Alex Morono ||-220 |
|5/13 ||Court McGee ||-225 |
|Matt Brown ||+176 |
|5/13 ||Chase Sherman ||+304 |
|Karl Williams ||-420 |
|5/13 ||Douglas Silva ||+124 |
|Cody Stamann ||-155 |
|5/13 ||Ihor Potieria ||+307 |
|Carlos Ulberg ||-425 |
|5/13 ||Mandy Bohm ||+154 |
|Ji Yeon Kim ||-195 |
|5/13 ||Gabe Green ||-135 |
|Bryan Battle ||+105 |
|5/13 ||Tainara Lisboa ||-115 |
|Jessica-Rose Clark ||-115 |
|5/13 ||Pete Rodriguez ||+204 |
|Natan Levy ||-265 |
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