Josh Smith gears up for Bellator 19
May, 14, 2010
By Andrew Plante | ESPNDallas.com
Smith has been selected to face fellow metroplex fighter Donyiell Winrow at Bellator 19 in Grand Prairie on May 20.
In Smith's debut as a professional back in November, he quickly pounded out a game Josh Shepard in Steele Cage 2 at Dr Pepper Arena.
Smith, who was a staple at North Texas MMA for years, currently trains at multiple gyms in the DFW area, including Star Jiu Jitsu. He’s also trained under the masterful Saekson Janjira.
Despite making it onto a nationally televised MMA promotion after only two fights, Smith is not taking this rare opportunity for granted and seems ready to capitalize on the exposure.
“This is a big opportunity that I'm very grateful for,” Smith said. “Bellator is a growing organization that will surely help my career out for the better.”
“National exposure is the biggest reason any fighter continues living this life [in MMA]. It's the shot that we're looking to get. Now that I have my chance, I plan to make the most of it and move on to get better.”
The North Texas fighter seems happy with his matchup against Winrow and is confident that his time in the cage will allow him to pull through with the victory.
“The matchup is a good one,” Smith said. “I'm the bigger more experienced fighter, so I believe I'll be able to be successful.”
As far as strategies go, Smith is keeping things close to the vest, but feels his MMA background allows for him to win in a variety of different ways.
“The strategy is going to be to impose my will on Donyiell,” Smith states. “I believe I have many options on what I'll be able to do to him and he's going to have to find a way to deal with it. If he doesn't it'll be a short fight.”