Former UFC light heavyweight title contender Anthony Smith has announced that he is ready to accept the challenge of Nikita Krylov, who, after defeating Volkan Ozdemir, expressed a desire to fight him.
“Did he say if I didn’t get scared?” Lionheart told ESPN. “I have great respect for Nikita Krylov. I have said several times that he is the dark horse of the division. He dealt with Alexander Gustafsson very quickly, like no one had done before. I fought Alex and it took me four rounds to beat him. So I have great respect for Nikita. My answer has always been and is in all divisions – yes. I am totally for it. Maybe in March? I’m in”
Recall that last weekend at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi, Nikita Krylov defeated Volkan Ozdemir by unanimous decision, and Anthony Smith in the last fight lost by technical knockout in the second round to Magomed Ankalaev.