Khama Worthy steps in to face Devonte Smith at UFC 241

Devonte Smith vs Khama Worthy

This weekend just got a lot more interesting for Ohio Valley fight fans.

Fans around the area will now likely be glued to their TVs as Pittsburgh native Khama Worthy (14-6) has agreed to step in as a late replacement to face Devonte Smith (10-1) at UFC 241 in Anaheim.

Both fighters are known as finishers with a combined 20 stoppages in 24 career wins, including 17 via knockout or TKO.

Worthy is actually the third opponent for Smith, after John Makdessi and Clay Collard were both forced to withdraw from the event.

Worthy, who is the owner of The Academy in Pittsburgh, has been on a hot streak recently with five straight wins. Most recently, he stopped Adam Ward via knockout in the third round at 247 FC: Brawl in the Burgh in July. He’s ranked as the No. 1 pro lightweight in Pennsylvania according to Tapology.

“The last 24 hours have been crazy,” Worthy posted on social media. “We stay ready so we don’t have to get ready. We are ready to put on a show for everyone.”

Smith is originally from Ohio but now trains in Colorado. He has been one of the fastest rising UFC prospects after earning a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series last summer. After a nasty finish of Jacob Lowry, he’s picked up TKO wins in his first two official UFC bouts over Julian Erosa and Dong Hyun Ma.

UFC 241 is headlined by a rematch for the UFC heavyweight championship between champion Daniel Cormier and Ohio native Stipe Miocic.

The Smith vs. Worthy bout will headline the ESPN preliminary portion of the card, which begins at 8pm ET.

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