Devonte Smith (10-1) runs roughshod over Dong Hyun Ma, mowing down the "Maestro" in round one! "King Kage" rides a six-fight tear. The Contender Series grad has stopped all of his wins, nine by knockout, and seven in the first round. #UFC234 pic.twitter.com/6156Y4zjRO— Bulgogi Jones (@Hamderlei) February 10, 2019
MMA journalist James Lynch first brought word of the matchup. The card does not yet have an official location but is expected to feature a heavyweight clash between Alistair Overeem and Alexander Volkov.
A competitor on Season 2 of Dana White’s Contender Series, Smith kicked off his promotional tenure with KO/TKO triumphs against Julian Erosa and Dong Hyun Ma before being stopped in the opening stanza by Khama Worthy in his most recent outing at UFC 241 in August 2019. An Achilles injury has sidelined “King Kage” since that defeat.
Da Silva, meanwhile, has lost two of his first three Octagon appearances. Most recently, the 24-year-old Brazilian suffered a unanimous decision loss to Brad Riddell at UFC 253 on Sept. 26. The Astra Fight Team product is 21-3 as a professional, with 20 of his victories coming inside the distance.