Devonte Smith fights for the fourth time in a little more than a year on Saturday when he meets UFC newcomer Khama Worthy in a lightweight scrap. The UFC has been pretty high on Smith since he signed a deal with the promotion following a first-round knockout on a Dana ‘White’s Contender Series card in August 2018.
Like his most recent bout, Smith is booked at the top of the ESPN prelim card for this pay-per-event. In that outing, Smith scored a first-round knockout win over Dong Hyun Ma. That stoppage was Smith’s fourth straight first-round KO. Smith scored a “Performance of the Night” bonus for the knockout. Over his 11-fight career, Smith has won nine fights by knockout and one via submission. His only loss was a 2017 third-round knockout to current UFC competitor John Gunther.
Smith was initially booked to face 16-fight UFC veteran John Makdessi in this matchup. Makdessi, who is on a three-fight winning streak, was forced from the card in late July. Clay Collard was then set to face Smith, but he was pulled from the event as well. Worthy stepped in on Tuesday to accept the fight. Worthy is on a five-fight winning streak.
After his win over Ma, Smith called out Francisco Trinaldo. The reason for that request was simple, Trinaldo was a ranked fighter at the time.
The 26-year-old Smith is anxious to move up the 155-pound pecking order. To do that, he needs an impressive win over Worthy, which, looking at the odds, is what is expected of him.
If Smith, who turned pro in 2015, adds another stoppage to his record, expect him to have a name ready to call out when he gets his time on the mic.
UFC 241 takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim. The main card streams on ESPN+ pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.
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