Louis “Da Last Samurai” Smolka, 28, of Kapolei, Hawaii, United States was one of the winners at “UFC Fight Night 158,” also known as “UFC on ESPN+ 16.” It was the Hawaiian mixed martial artist’s seventh victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
“It feels amazing to get the knockout,” Smolka said after his recent UFC win. “That might be the first standing TKO that I’ve done with my hands so that felt amazing.”
Featuring 12 MMA bouts, “UFC Fight Night 158” took place at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In the second bout of the evening, Smolka fought Ryan “Main Event” MacDonald, 26, of North Platte, Nebraska, USA in the bantamweight division.
John Cooper served as the referee. He put a stop to the contest after 4 minutes and 43 seconds in the first round when Smolka knocked out MacDonald via punches.
Winning at “UFC Fight Night 158” improved the professional MMA record of Smolka to 16 wins and 6 losses. On the other hand, MacDonald now has 10 wins and 2 losses.
Seven countries were represented at “UFC Fight Night 158” namely Australia, Brazil, Canada, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine and the U.S. Smolka and MacDonald were among the seven representatives of the U.S.
Born in Kapolei on July 16, 1991, Smolka went to Kapolei High School in Kapolei and the University of Hawaii in Hilo, Hawaii. He has been competing professionally since 2012.
Smolka made his UFC debut in 2014. The first six opponents he defeated in the promotion were Alp “The Turkish Delight” Ozkilic, 33, of St. Charles, Missouri, USA; Richie “Vas” Vaculik, 36, of Maroubra, Australia; Neil “2 Tap” Seery, 40, of Dublin, Ireland; Patrick “The Hooligan” Holohan, 31, of Dublin, Ireland; Ben “10” Nguyen, 31, of Brisbane, Australia; and “Tibetan Eagle” Su Mudaerji, 23, of Aba, Sichuan, China.
Before joining the UFC, Smolka competed in Caged Aggression MMA, Pinnacle Combat, Sparta Combat League, Hoosier FC and Legacy Fighting Alliance. Here is a “UFC Fight Night 158” post-fight interview with the Hawaiian MMA fighter: