Alexander Gustafsson vs Anthony Smith Prediction & Betting Odds - UFC Fight Night 153

Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (18-5-0) fights Anthony “Lionheart” Smith (31-14-0) in the main event at UFC Fight Night 153 in a Light Heavyweight bout on Saturday June 01 at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.
Alexander Gustafsson vs Anthony Smith

There is a clear point of reference in comparing these two fighters in that they both had their last bout against the legendary light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. It will have come as no surprise to fight fans that both lost to Jones, but the fights were very different.

Last December, Gustafsson and Jones had a rematch that was five years in the waiting, with some believing that Gustafsson had actually beaten Jones in the original fight. This time there was no such doubt, with Jones’s kicking expertise troubling the Swede throughout, before he landed a takedown on Gustafsson in Round 3, before ending the bout with punches from the back mount.

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Anthony Smith’s only defeat at light heavyweight was to Jones back in March this year and he took the incumbent champion and MMA legend all the way to the judges’ scorecards in their bout at UFC 235 in March 2019.

Indeed, Smith could have been declared the champion by disqualification after Jones landed an unlawful strike with his knee while Smith was grounded, but instead of quitting Smith continued with the fight.

Gustafsson vs Smith Betting Lines & Tip

In terms of fight predictions, Gustafsson is regarded as one of the best ever light heavyweights in the UFC and is chasing the fourth title shot of his career.  

However, the underdog Smith has the power to trouble “The Mauler”, and at +225 with bet365, the betting value certainly looks to be with “Lionheart”.

Those betting on the favourite Gustafsson to win in front of his home crowd of supporters are advised to do so at Betway Sports where the betting line is set at -250 (at the time of writing).

Tip: Fight Result – Anthony Smith to win @ +225 (bet365)

Tip: Fight Result – Anthony Smith to win @ +225 (bet365)

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