37-Year-Old UFC Middleweight 15-7-0
May 27, 2018 Trevor Smith News
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Smith was defeated by Elias Theodorou via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Sunday in Liverpool.
This fight played into Smith's hands. He expected Theodorou to try to keep his distance and use counter-striking, but "The Spartan" was willing to play Smith's game and engage in the clinch. Surprisingly, Smith was unable to get may takedowns, and when he was successful the Canadian was able to quickly get back to his feet. Smith was also out-struck in the clinch as Theodorou continuously found a home for an uppercut from the clinch. Smith seemed to be wearing down Theodorou in the second round, but then the wrestler started to tire himself. Both fighters showed great heart, but "The Spartan" had the advantage in almost every clinch exchange with "Hot Sauce." Smith was unable to impose his will with takedowns and top pressure which led to his unanimous decision loss.
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Fantasy AnalysisA veteran of the sport since the Strikeforce days, Smith is 3-1 in his last three UFC bouts. At 37 years old, his window for a deep run may be closing, but a win over the younger Theodorou could help make a case for a spot near the bottom of the rankings. The problem with this matchup for Smith is that he tends to lean on his grappling, and Theodorou has yet to be submitted in 16 professional fights. Theodorou hasn't displayed a ton of knockout power of late, however, so Smith should at least be able to hang around. The two fighters combined have went to the judges in their past nine fights, so don't count on a big stoppage bonus when setting your lineups.
Fantasy AnalysisIt appears as though Smith is dealing with an undisclosed injury and will not be able to make an appearance in Gdansk, according to Jim Edwards of MMAUNO.com. In his place, Sam Alvey will face Emeev, following his defeat of Rashad Evans in Mexico City in early August. Smith's last fight came in May against Chris Camozzi -- which he won by unanimous decision -- but it looks like he will need to take a little time off to recover from whatever injury he sustained within the last couple weeks.
Fantasy AnalysisSmith has faced off with some of the best middleweight in the UFC. He stepped in for Magnus Cedenblad in May and took down Chris Camozzi in his biggest test to date. It was a great step back on track after dropping the ball against Andrew Sanchez. This next matchup is against a UFC newcomer with seven submission victories, which should be a good test for the skilled grappler.
Fantasy AnalysisThis fight might have been very exciting to watch, but it was a dominant performance from Smith. Camozzi had absolutely no answers for Smith's takedowns and top control. In all three rounds, Smith dragged Camozzi to the ground and peppered him with shots. He was never close to finishing the bout, but the result was never in question. Smith needed this victory to get back on track after dropping his previous bout against Andrew Sanchez.
Fantasy AnalysisSmith is a skilled grappler that has earned nine submission victories in his professional career, but hasn't recorded a submission victory during his tenure with the UFC. "Hot Sauce" has gone toe to toe with many formidable middleweights, but Camozzi will be one of his tougher tests in recent memory.
Fantasy AnalysisSmith did well to survive a storm in the first round that put him on wobbly legs, but aside from some nice body work in the clinch, the veteran didn't do much to sway the fight in his favor. His toughness and strength kept this fight from being noncompetitive, but Smith seemed to be clearly overmatched against Sanchez, as he spent far too much time lunging in with single shots from distance, allowing his opponent to light him up with combinations. Smith's record falls to 14-7 as a result of the loss.
Fantasy AnalysisSmith isn't very good, but he's been around a long time and he is going to beat up overmatched kids, which is exactly what the 22-year-old Gigliotti was on Saturday. Hot Sauce landed 105/137 total strikes, racked up four takedowns and had 12:46 worth of control time. All three add up to nearly incomprehensible numbers for a 15-minute bout. The good times for the 35-year-old Smith are going to come to an end as soon as his opposition improves, but he looks good for the moment.
Fantasy AnalysisSmith is not a good fighter but he was considerably better than the returning Miller on this night. Smith struggled on the feet in the first few minutes of the bout, but he spent nearly the entirety of the final two rounds on top of an exhausted Miller. Smith never threatened to finish the bout and he didn't show any new wrinkles to his game. Despite the victory, Smith is one of the weaker fighters on the UFC roster.