Anthony Smith (34-16 MMA, 9-6 UFC) the former title challenger submitted Devin Clark  (12-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC) with a triangle choke in the first round of the light heavyweight main event on Saturday. The stoppage came at 2:34 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas

With the win, Smith snapped a two-fight losing skid. He admitted afterward how important it was for his career.

“It’s been a long road,” Smith said in his post-fight interview with Paul Felder. “You think you make it to the title shot and things go well and things are supposed to go super good, but that’s life. I’m not going anywhere. Don’t sleep on me.”

Devin Clark at the start of the fight looked to land big punches and went for an early takedown. Smith took him down instead and took his back. Clark than reversed the position, getting on top of his opponent

Less than a minute later, Anthony Smith went in for the kill and set up for the triangle choke and locked in for the submission, forcing Devin Clark to tap out

The fight was originally scheduled as the co-main event. But news came on Friday that Curtis Blaydes was ruled out of the heavyweight main event against Derrick Lewis due to testing positive for COVID-19. Smith-Clark was than moved to the headline slot and became a five-round contest

Anthony Smith who is ranked 6th in the division came into the fight on Saturday coming off consecutive lopsided losses to Glover Teixeira and Aleksandar Rakic

"Lionheart" Anthony Smith challenged Jon Jones for the 205-pound belt early in 2019. Before Saturday night, his only victory since then came from ex title holder Alexander Gustafsson

Devin Clark who competed in his first-ever UFC main event of his career saw his two-fight winning streak come to an end