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Published on September 9th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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UFC’s Anthony Smith On Working With KINEKTIC, Training For His Next Fight & His MMA Influences

Currently ranked #3 within UFC’s Light Heavyweight division, a lot of eyes are on MMA star Anthony Smith. A professional fighter for over a decade, Smith has been exclusive to UFC since 2016. Back in June, he defeated Alexander Gustafsson at UFC Fight Night 153, not only winning that fight in a big way but also earning a “Performance Of The Night” bonus award from the company.

Anthony Smith has also found success as a commentator and coach. While still active in the ring, Smith is a part of the new grappling-based, team-oriented MMA promotion KINEKTIC, which debuted on the UFC FIGHT PASS network last night. Smith is one of KINEKTIC’s four team coaches, alongside Chael Sonnen, Craig Jones and Chris Lytle. Notably, KINEKTIC was co-founded by UFC Hall Of Famer Urijah Faber, Las Vegas entrepreneur Keith Veltre and award-winning sports announcer Sean Wheelock, while UFC favorite Paige VanZant served as KINEKTIC’s lead play-by-play commentator.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Anthony Smith by phone on the eve of KINEKTIC’s kick-off August 16th event on UFC FIGHT PASS. Audio of our full chat from August 13, 2019 is embedded below from YouTube. Anthony Smith can be directly followed on Twitter via @LionheartASmith.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com). He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.


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