After missing out on 2020, Devonte Smith has an opponent lined up for next year.
MMA Fighting confirmed with sources with knowledge of the matchup that Smith (10-2) will fight Brazilian Alex da Silva (21-3) in a lightweight bout at a UFC event on Feb. 6 with a location still to be made official. The bout was first reported by MMA reporter James Lynch.
Smith has been out of action since suffering a knockout loss to Khama Worthy at UFC 241 in August 2019. “King Kage” later injured his achilles during a practice, which required him to undergo surgery that prevented him from booking any fights in 2020. Prior to the Worthy loss, Smith had won six straight fights. His first two UFC appearances both ended in first-round knockout victories.
Da Silva competed once in 2020, losing a unanimous decision to Brad Riddell at UFC 253. He is 1-2 in the UFC so far, sandwiching a win over Rodrigo Vargas with losses to Riddell and Alexander Yakovlev. All but one of the 24-year-old’s wins have come by way of knockout or submission.