For Anthony Smith, a return to his old stomping grounds is calling him.
The UFC veteran picked up a victory over former champion Rashad Evans this past weekend at UFC 225 and now wants on the upcoming card set for Lincoln, Nebraska.
Smith improved to 29-13 in his career with a 53-second finish of Evans in his first fight at 205 pounds.
“This moment feels incredible,” Smith said. “I just want to thank Rashad for giving me the opportunity and UFC for putting me on such an incredible card. Rashad is an OG so it was an honor to fight him. I feel that my striking is some of the best in the division and I want to keep climbing and building.
“That’s why I think Sam Alvey should be next. I want someone with a number next to their name. I really want to get on this Lincoln, Nebraska card. That’s my territory. I made my pro debut a few miles away from that arena. You can’t have a fight in Lincoln without Anthony Smith.”
Back in 2008, Smith made his second pro appearance in Lincoln, finishing off Jeremy Shepherd via submission. He has gone 5-0 all-time in Lincoln, with his last appearance being a 2015 TKO vs. Brock Jardine.