A pivotal UFC matchup for light heavyweight is scheduled for March.
Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a fight between Anthony Smith and Jamahal Hill will take place at the UFC’s event on March 11 at a location and venue yet to be announced. This matchup will headline the event. MMA Island reported that the fight was being planned, but didn’t release a date.
Smith seeks to be back in the win column following a streak of three victories snapped by Magomed Anakalaev UFC The No. 8 ranked light heavyweight in MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings entered the July matchup on the heels of first-round stoppage wins over Devin Clark, Jimmy Crute, and Ryan Spann.
Hill is on an incredible run, with three consecutive knockout victories including a stoppage in the fourth round of Thiago Santos’ main event at August’s UFC Vegas 59. The No. 10 ranked fighter in MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings bounced back from his lone pro loss to Paul Craig with first-round knockouts of Crute and Johnny Walker.
Damon Martin contributed to this story.