To say UFC Fight Night 138 was a good night for Anthony Smith would be a bit of an understatement.
Smith submitted Volkan Oezdemir in the main event, positioning himself as a title contender in 2019. The UFC rewarded Smith with two bonuses, as he pocketed an extra $100,000 by sharing “Fight of the Night” with Oezdemir and earning a “Performance of the Night” award.
After knocking out former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Rashad Evans earlier this year, Smith showed his submission skills by forcing Oezdemir – who challenged Daniel Cormier for the title recently – to tap to a rear-naked choke.
Michael Johnson bested Artem Lobov in the co-main event, with Misha Cirkunov picking up a submission win as well.
Anthony Smith def. Volkan Oezdemir via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:26 of Round 3
Michael Johnson def. Artem Lobov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Misha Cirkunov def. Patrick Cummins via submssion (arm-triangle choke) at 2:40 of Round 1
Andre Soukhamthath def. Jonathan Martinez via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)
Gian Villante def. Ed Herman via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Court McGee def. Alex Garcia via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-28)
Sean Strickland def. Nordine Taleb via TKO (strikes) at 3:10 of Round 2
Nasrat Haqparast def. Thibault Gouti via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 30-26)
Calvin Kattar def. Chris Fishgold via TKO (strikes) at 4:11 of Round 1
Talita Bernardo def. Sarah Moras via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Don Madge def. Te’Jovan Edwards via KO (head-kick) at :14 of Round 2
Arjan Bhullar def. Marcelo Golm via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Stevie Ray def. Jessin Ayari via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)