Josh Smith gears up for Bellator 19

Over that last several months, there has been an abundance of new fighters coming on to the DFW fight scene that I observe as having the potential to do big things in the sport. Jason Sampson, Lior Shporen, Daniel Trevino and Evan Cutts are just a few up-and-comers that you’ll likely hear about for the next few years. Chances are you might even hear Joe Rogan doing play-by-play for one of their fights on PPV one day. Little Elm native Josh Smith is without a doubt among that group of talented rookies.

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.”