A +102 underdog according to BetDSI.com, the Strikeforce
veteran turned back previously unbeaten
Ultimate Fighting Championship newcomer Joseph Gigliotti
(-124), as he claimed a one-sided unanimous decision in their
three-round middleweight showcase at
UFC Fight Night “Rodriguez vs. Caceres” on Saturday at the
Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. All three judges awarded
Smith a 10-8 round, the 35-year-old sweeping the scorecards with
matching 30-26 marks.
Gigliotti had issues with distance. Smith lured the overzealous
Power MMA prospect into close quarters and completed four of his
six takedown attempts, per FightMetric. He executed 10 guard
passes and out-landed Gigliotti by a 105-24 margin in total
strikes. Of the 42 significant strikes Smith landed, 39 were from
the clinch or on the ground. He also delivered the signature blow
of the bout, as he appeared to break Gigliotti’s nose with a
second-round knee strike that resulted in a knockdown.
Smith was one of two underdogs to spring upsets in Utah.
American Top Team’s Santiago
Ponzinibbio entered his welterweight feature as a slight -105
underdog against Zak
Cummings (-115). The hard-hitting Argentine kickboxer captured
a unanimous decision across three rounds, earning 29-28, 29-28 and
30-27 nods from the judges.
Ponzinibbio, 29, outstruck Cummings in all three rounds and trapped
him on the feet, successfully defending four of the five takedown
attempts mounted against him.