For the first time in his professional career, Colton Smith had an opportunity to attend a training camp before a fight. But unfortunately for the III Corps staff sergeant, the fight result was similar to his previous two.
Smith lost via submission 39 seconds into the bout against Carlos Diego Ferreira during the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Fight Night on Saturday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
“Had an amazing first training camp, felt better than ever,” Smith wrote on Twitter after the fight. “No excuses, it was his night. Thanks. everyone!”
Smith did not return calls for comment. The loss dropped Smith’s record to 6-4. Smith trained for more than a month at Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, N.M., his first training camp for a professional fight.
In the fight, Smith came out as the aggressor, going for the first blow with a kick to Ferreira’s upper torso that missed its mark.
After that, the two grapplers were in close proximity, with Ferreira’s back against one of the octagon’s sides. But Ferreira, a Pharr native, soon turned the tables by sliding his right leg behind Smith’s right knee for a judo takedown.
Ferreira was on top of Smith and when Smith attempted to turn around for a reversal, Ferreira quickly put his arms around Smith’s neck in a rear naked chokehold.