Anthony “Lionheart” Smith, who grew up in Nebraska City, will headline a UFC Fight Night event held at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on April 25. Tickets go on sale Feb. 21.
Smith will face Brazilian Glover Teixeira, who is No. 9 in the UFC light heavyweight rankings. Teixeira is 29-7 in UFC.
Smith, 31-14 in UFC and No. 3 in the rankings, last fought in June, defeating Alexander Gustafsson by submission. In March, Smith faced Jon Jones — No. 1 pound for pound in UFC — for the light heavyweight championship but lost by unanimous decision.
This will be Smith’s first time fighting in Nebraska since joining UFC.
The last came in August 2018, headlined by Justin Gaethje defeating James Vick by knockout.
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