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Anthony Smith earns 7th UFC win, beats Alexander Gustafsson at ‘UFC Fight Night 153’ in Stockholm, Sweden

Anthony “Lionheart” Smith, 30, of Nebraska City, Otoe, Nebraska, United States was one of the winners at “UFC Fight Night 153.” It was his seventh victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Featuring 12 mixed martial arts matches, “UFC Fight Night 153” took place at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden on June 1, 2019. In the main event of the evening, Smith fought Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson, 32, of Stockholm in the light heavyweight division with Marc Goddard as the referee.

Gustafsson hit Smith with a solid left hand in the first round. The American contender got more aggressive in the second round.

In the third round, Gustaffson landed a kick to the body and scored a big takedown. Goddard put a stop to the light heavyweight bout after 42 seconds in the fourth round when the Nebraska City native submitted his Swedish opponent via rear-naked choke.

“I don’t know what’s next,” Smith said in his post-fight interview. “The only person ahead of me is Jon Jones right now so I just have to sit back. I banged my hand a little bit. We’ll see how that looks like and we’ll see what happens.”

Winning at “UFC Fight Night 153” improved the professional MMA record of Smith to 32 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Gustafsson now has 18 wins and 6 losses.

After losing to Smith, Gustafsson left his gloves in the middle of the UFC octagon. In his post-fight interview, he told his fans, “The show is over.”

Smith was one of the four fighters who represented the U.S. at “UFC Fight Night 153.” Gustafsson was one of the five hometown fighters on the card.

Born on July 26, 1988 in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA, Smith grew up in Nebraska City. He is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Competing professionally since 2008, Smith joined the UFC in 2013. The first six opponents he defeated in the promotion were Leonardo Augusto “Leleco” Guimarães, 37, of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Andrew “El Dirte” Sanchez, of Missouri, USA, Hector “Showeather” Lombard, 41, of Miami, Florida, USA, Rashad “Suga” Evans, 39, of Boca Raton, Florida, Maurício “Shogun” Rua, 37, of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil and Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir, 29, of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Including the U.S. and Sweden, 15 countries were represented at “UFC Fight Night 153.” The other countries were Austria, Brazil, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Northern Mariana Islands, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, South Korea and Spain.

Watch the “UFC Fight Night 153” press conference here:

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