Early in the third round, Rountree delivered a devastating left hand that sent Smith to the mat. The fight, which was part of the ESPN+ event, nearly saw Smith take additional blows after he staggered and fell just 56 seconds into the last round, saved only by Rountree’s controlled response.
At the age of 35, Smith avoided making any conclusive statements about his future in the sport. This comes as another pivotal moment in his career following his victory over Ryan Spann in their last match.
Smith shared his thoughts on Instagram, congratulating Rountree and his team for an impressive performance and acknowledging their deserved victory. He apologized to his fans, admitting that despite giving his best, sometimes it’s not sufficient.
Smith, who frequently serves as a UFC analyst, had accepted this match against Rountree on short notice. He stepped in after Rountree’s initially scheduled opponent, Azamat Murzakanov, fell sick and withdrew from the event.
Following his victory, Rountree seized the opportunity in his post-fight interview to challenge light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira. This triumph marks Rountree’s fifth consecutive win in the octagon, reviving his prospects for a title shot after a previous period of 1-3 losses had cast doubts on his potential for championship contention.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UFC Vegas 83
Who is Anthony Smith?
Anthony Smith is a former UFC light heavyweight title contender known for his impressive fighting career. He recently experienced a knockout loss to Khalil Rountree Jr. at UFC Vegas 83.
What happened in the Anthony Smith vs. Khalil Rountree Jr. fight at UFC Vegas 83?
In the fight at UFC Vegas 83, Anthony Smith was defeated by Khalil Rountree Jr. via knockout. Rountree delivered a powerful left hand early in the third round, leading to Smith’s fall.
How did Anthony Smith react to his loss at UFC Vegas 83?
After his loss at UFC Vegas 83, Anthony Smith expressed regret and apologies to his fans on Instagram. He acknowledged Rountree’s excellent performance and stated that despite giving his all, sometimes it’s not enough.
Did Anthony Smith make any statements about his future in UFC after the loss?
Anthony Smith did not make any definitive statements about his future in UFC following his loss to Khalil Rountree Jr. He’s at a pivotal moment in his career, especially after a previous victory over Ryan Spann.
Who did Khalil Rountree Jr. call out after his win at UFC Vegas 83?
After his victory over Anthony Smith at UFC Vegas 83, Khalil Rountree Jr. called out light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira, marking a significant step in his career following a series of wins.
More about UFC Vegas 83
- Anthony Smith’s UFC Profile
- Khalil Rountree Jr.’s UFC Profile
- UFC Vegas 83 Event Details
- Recap of Smith vs. Rountree Fight at UFC Vegas 83
- Instagram Post by Anthony Smith
- Alex Pereira’s UFC Fighter Profile
- UFC Light Heavyweight Rankings
- Analysis of UFC Vegas 83 Outcomes