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Smith: Chiesa Will Feel Like He’s in Brazil at UFN 31

Kelsey Mowatt

Colton Smith

The UFC has understandably turned to several military vets for the promotion’s next “Fight for the Troops” event which goes down on November 6th, and one of those is Colton Smith. The active U.S. Army member is set to fight fellow TUF winner Michael Chiesa at the event, which will be hosted by Kentucky’s Fort Campbell.

Of course, Smith is keenly aware of the bond soldiers and veterans share, which is why he’s certain he’ll have a ton of home crowd support for the fight. While speaking to MMA recently, the 26 year-old noted:

“It’s in front of the troops; it’s in front of my brothers and sisters in arms,” Smith said. “This is in my backyard. This is going to be foreign to him. It’s going to be like fighting in Brazil against a Brazilian.

“I’m fighting on a military base with my brothers and sisters in arms, people that I’ve served overseas with and trained with and been to schools with and served the last eight years with, so I’m extremely excited. I can’t wait to put on a show for the fans.”

And as far as Chiesa as a fighter? Smith doesn’t think “technically he poses too much of an issue for me”, but credited the lightweight for having “heart” and “drive.”

It’s certainly an important fight, as Smith is looking to rebound from a stoppage loss to Robert Whittaker, while Chiesa was submitted by Jorge Masvidal in his last scrap.

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