Get to know Dana White’s Contender Series fighter Nate “The Savage” Smith

Las Vegas – Get to know Dana White’s Contender Series fighter Nate “The Savage” Smith.

The fourth season of the hit show Dana White’s Contender Series continues with Episode 5, featuring a lineup of rising athletes looking to make their dreams come true by impressing UFC President Dana White and earning a spot on the UFC roster.

The fifth episode of season four takes place on Tuesday, September 1 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, with all five bouts streaming exclusively on ESPN+ in the US.

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NAME: Nate Smith
NICKNAME: Nate “The Savage” Smith
AGE: 25 years old – 4/9/95
REACH: 69”
STANCE: Switch
BIRTHPLACE: Cook County, Chicago, IL
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: English, minor Spanish
STYLE: Wrestler
TRAINER: Peter Straub, Danny Molina
STRENGTHS: Greco-Roman wrestling, striking, BJJ
TRAINING: Wake up at 11am to get my day started. With a cup of coffee, play some music
then I start preparing for team training at 1pm. I also watch some fight film to study.


When and why did you start training for fighting? I started fighting at the end of 2013. I was a broke college student-athlete who wanted to make some money. I had done some past MMA training, just never competition-wise, only for self-defense. After a while, I made some great money and then became obsessed with the sport even more then I was as a child.

What ranks and titles have you held? I have never gotten a professional title, but I am currently the top contender for the local regional organizations at 125-135lbs.

What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It would mean a better financial situation for me and my five-year-old daughter, who I’ve been taking care of since I was still in school in  Iowa at the age of 20. Also, it means the whole world gets to know who I am as a person, athlete, and savage because I will be the one on top in this weight class, mark my words.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I attended college at Iowa Central Community College and finished my college life at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, and got a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice.

What was your job before you started fighting? I had many jobs, but none currently.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Top contender in two divisions in multiple local regional organizations. Was champion for four promotions.

Specific accomplishments in pro competition? I was nominated for fighter of the month this year and I was on LFA’s top ten UFC Fight Pass Knockouts of 2020. Top 135-lb contender for the EFL promotion.

Ranks in any martial arts styles: BJJ purple belt, brown belt in Tae Kwon Do, Junior Olympic Greco-Roman bronze medalist

Favorite grappling technique: Della Heva into back take

Favorite Striking technique: Dutch Style combination into my Muay Thai strikes

Twitter account name: @NatethesavageS1

Facebook account: Nate The Savage Smith

Instagram account: Thesavageking125


  • Pro since 2017
  • One win by KO, three by submission (3 RNC)
  • Three first round finishes
  • Holds 2017 win over recent DWCS winner Jeff Molina
  • Origin of nickname: “It was given to me by my college teammates.”