Nate Smith (6-0) will look to earn a UFC contract on the next episode of Dana White’s Contender Series, which is set to air tonight at 8 p.m. EST on ESPN+. Smith will take on Jimmy Flick (14-5).
Smith has had a fast start to his professional career, competing for LFA and now, Dana White’s Contender Series, at just 25 years old.
Training out of the impressive Elevation Fight Team in Denver, Colorado, Smith has strung together some impressive wins, including three of his last four by submission. Notable adversaries include Sean Stebbins (2-1), Rakan Adwan (5-7), and Bill Kamery (14-8).
Smith is primarily a ground specialist who looks for the finish early and often. Out of his six wins, three have come inside of the first round, and he has only seen the judges twice throughout his career so far.
In an interview with Mile High Sports, Smith discussed his recent switch in training camps from a fellow Colorado training facility, Factory X, to Elevation Fight Team prior to his past February victory.
“It’s honestly the best thing I’ve done so far,” said Smith, “for the different looks, different styles, different viewpoints, building upon what I was already taught and shown at Factory X, and what I already know coming from Nebraska with Coach Dan Morino and Skywalker 101.
“It’s more growing my style because at the end of the day, don’t get me wrong, I have a style because I’m a wrestler, but at the end of the day, it’s unorthodox, and I’m growing; constantly evolving. There’s always something I can improve on. Once I feel like there is something I can work on, I’m going to work on it. My mind is completely focused on growing myself,” Smith continued.
Smith’s opponent, Jimmy Flick, is currently on a two-fight win streak. Flick most recently defeated Greg Fischer (10-2) by arm-triangle choke at just 36 seconds of the first round.
Both Flick and Smith are LFA veterans, which should make an intriguing stylistic contest even more compelling.