08 Feb - 
Wrong Dong: How Devonte Smith reacted to UFC 234 booking

“What are you all on?”

Those were Devonte Smith’s words upon learning of his opponent at UFC 234.

The UFC lightweight is down to fight anybody in the octagon. But not at a significant disadvantage, which is why he was a little upset at his manager when he heard he’d be fighting Dong Hyun Kim.

“I understand I’m a strong dude, but y’all understand this dude, he fought Tyron Woodley,” Smith (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) told MMAjunkie. “If he comes down to 155, he’s about to be 190.”

Smith’s coach called to break the good news.

“He was like, ‘Calm down. There’s another one. They have the same name. Look up ‘Maestro.'”

Sure enough, there was “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim, a lightweight who’d won his previous three fights.

“I’m like, ‘Oh, OK. My bad,'” said Smith.

The two meet on the ESPN-televised prelims of UFC 234 on Saturday at Rod Laver Arena.

If Smith were to look today, there would be no confusion. Perhaps tired of being mistaken for a welterweight who’s fought champ Woodley, the lightweight Kim changed his name to Dong Hyun Ma (16-8-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC).

Don’t get him wrong, Smith is excited about the fight. At this point, he said, he’s got to take the opponents offered and build his resume before he gets his big break.

With three consecutive first-round knockouts, including a 46-second stoppage of Julian Erosa, it seems like that might happen sooner or later.

But then again, it never hurts to fight a big name. Smith said he’ll fight anyone in front of him, bad matchup or not. So maybe they can get Kim on the phone down the road.

In the meantime, it’s Dong Hyun Ma standing across from Smith.

Check out the above interview, and for more on UFC 234, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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