Anthony Smith delivered and sent a message all at the same time Friday night.
Smith scored the Victory FC middleweight title by earning revenge on Josh Neer, finishing the veteran with a barrage of strikes in the first round. The bout was the headline fight for the first UFC Fight Pass event by VFC.
The Texas-native has been making a hard push to return to the UFC for the first time since 2013. Smith, who has won seven in a row now, lost his only two Octagon appearances that year – both via submission.
The co-main event featured Jarred Mercado earning the vacant featherweight title when he submitted Alonzo Martinez with a rear-naked choke.
Check out complete results, along with a video recap, below:
Anthony Smith def. Josh Neer via TKO (strikes) at 3:27 of Round 1 to become the VFC middleweight champion
Jarred Mercado def. Alonzo Martinez via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:15 of Round 1 to become the VFC featherweight champion
Dakota Cochrane def. Jake Lindsey via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:43 of Round 3
Cody Carrillo def. Sean Wilson via submission (guillotine choke) at :32 of Round 1
Yuri Villefort def. Kenneth Glenn via KO (flying knee) at 4:15 of Round 1
Grant Dawson def. Bryce Logan via TKO (strikes) at 3:12 of Round 2
Raufeon Stots def. Demetrius Wilson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:45 of Round 3
Nate Flanders def. Seth Bass via TKO (injury) at 3:09 of Round 1