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Anthony Smith steps in for Volkan Oezdemir against 'Shogun' Rua at UFC Hamburg

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Anthony Smith won’t get his desired spot on the upcoming UFC card in his native Nebraska, but he will get a much bigger opportunity instead.

Smith (28-14 MMA, 5-3 UFC) has agreed to step in for Volkan Oezdemir against former UFC champ Mauricio Rua (25-10 MMA, 9-8 UFC) in this month’s UFC Fight Night 134 headliner. MMAjunkie verified the booking with a person with knowledge of the fight. The person wished to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. ESPN.com first reported the new main event.

The latest UFC Fight Night 134 card includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 2 p.m. ET)

Mauricio Rua vs. Anthony Smith
Ilir Latifi vs. Glover Teixeira
Stefan Struve vs. Marcin Tybura
Abu Azaitar vs. Vitor Miranda
Marc Diakiese vs. Nasrat Haqparast
Alan Jouban vs. Danny Roberts

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 12 p.m. ET)

Damir Hadzovic vs. Nick Hein
Bartosz Fabinski vs. Emil Meek
Justin Ledet vs. Aleksandar Rakic
Jeremy Kimball vs. Darko Stosic
Pingyuan Liu vs. Damian Stasiak

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Post #1   7/2/18 10:16:16PM   

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I actually like both of these newer match ups more than the originals.

Post #2   7/3/18 5:54:52AM   

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Same here, although it's a bit sink or swim for the young guns when they come into the UFC...especially at LHW, but on the flip side it's also great to see young fighters push out the old.

Post #3   7/3/18 9:23:46PM   

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I like it more as well. Shogun has a better chance here, I think Gus would have steam rolled him. Smith has had a lot of recent success but that was at a lighter weight class where he could really take advantage of his size. He also has a staggering number of fight miles, even though he's 29, I'm a little surprised his chin hasn't gone.

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Post #4   7/4/18 7:49:56AM   

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I also think this is a better fight for Shogun. I love the guy so I'd be happy to see him get another victory.

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Much more even fight in my opinion. Shogun was going to get steam rolled, most likely. Here he has a better shot at winning. And Smith has comeback in the second half of his career reinvented and looking better than ever. While he may never be champ, he surely has the skill set to beat Shogun. Really looking forward to this fight.

Post #6   7/6/18 7:59:25PM