First of all, I don't see Volkan as some kind of a ultimate perfect striker. He has his flows, in defence, in ability to overcome when fight doesn't go his way etc. Cormier found the range against him. OSP also found it eventually. Yet, he's totally dangerous from close range with his punches and he can set up getting there with kicks. He's a smart kickboxer and smart at controlling the range. Anthony Smith did well in fighting on his range against Shogun. He use his length to set up punches from distance he loved. The issue is, Volkan is loooooong. Long even for LHW. He's not that bulked, but had he been bulked, he probably would've become a HW. Anthony, on the other hand...long for a MW, had longer overall reach than Rashad and Shogun, but Volkan will probably tower him. And he will be bigger at frame (not that it matters much). In battle of who controls the standup fight, Volkan will probably have an upper hand. Another issue is: Anthony Smith has maybe rejuvenated his career by moving up, but what he cannot rejuvenate is his chin. And his chin has never been his strong side to begin with. He cannot absorb punches that Cormier did in the first minutes of a fight with Volkan, he cannot allow to do that. So, unless Anthony has some wild card in his sleeve - going full NCAA in this fight for example - I don't see a good outcome for him. Thoughts?