Though some fighters may get anxious if there isn’t a knockout and the result is put in the hands of the judges, that was not the case with Colton Smith. He was calm, collective and knew what the result would be.
The III Corps sergeant first class defeated Washington Nunes Da Silva by unanimous decision on Saturday at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut as a part of a World Series of Fighting card.
“I jumped on top of the cage,” Smith said. “I prayed up to God, I knew that I had won in front of a huge crowd. There was no doubt in my mind that I controlled the fight from start to finish.”
The win helps improve Smith’s professional record to 6-4.
The match was fought in the 170-pound weight class and Smith said that coming into the fight, he felt that his fighting style was a good counter to Da Silva’s.
“They brought me in to fight one of their golden boys and I was able to dispatch him through three rounds,” Smith said.
Smith made a name for himself as the winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality television series in 2012. After losing three consecutive UFC fights, Smith was one of four fighters released from their UFC contracts in August 2014.
On his comeback trail, Smith has won three fights in 2015. Smith won a unanimous decision over Evan Cutts in February and beat Marcus Andrusia with a first round technical knockout in May.
However, the Cutts and Andrusia fights were fought locally in Central Texas. Saturday’s fight was seen by a nationwide audience on NBC Sports.
“It was a bigger show than the last fights that I have had, but it was good to get the win against a very reputable opponent,” Smith said.
Smith hopes that Saturday’s performance will help him keep the momentum going as he continues his career and hopes to fight on another World Series of Fighting match.
He said he most likely won’t fight again this year.
“I’m on a three-fight winning streak in 2015 and I hope to go on to bigger and better things, being a world champion,” Smith said.
“I think that 2016 is going to be a big year,” he added.