Published on September 9th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


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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is a New York resident (and Long Island native) with over 15 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. In the years following, he worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, 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,, Format Magazine, Businessweek, The Improper, the L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. He has been a member of the SATW and the IFWTWA organizations as a food and travel writer.Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host the recently-launched "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with PureGrainAudio.

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