In the biggest fight of his career to date, Anthony Smith delivered.

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“Lionheart” scored a first round knockout vs. former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans Saturday night at UFC 225, running his career record to 29-13 overall.

“This moment feels incredible,” Smith said. “I want to thank Rashad for giving me the opportunity and the UFC for putting me on such an incredible card.

“Rashad is an OG so it was an honor to fight him.”

Smith has won four of his last five, with the lone loss coming to Thiago Santos earlier this year. He is 5-2 with the UFC and owns four finishes during that time.

Way back in 2008, Smith made his first appearance inside the cage at VFC 22: Ascension in Sioux City, Iowa, besting Dave Moran. Less than a month later, he choked out Jeremy Shepherd in Lincoln, Nebraska, where the Octagon will visit in the coming months.

“I really want to get on this Lincoln, Nebraska card,” Smith said. “That’s my territory. I made my pro debut a few miles away from that arena. You can’t have a fight in Lincoln without Anthony Smith.”

Smith mentioned Sam Alvey during his post-fight speech as someone he’d like to face next.