The coronavirus pandemic shook almost everyone’s life and cost Anthony Smith the opportunity to headline a UFC event in his home state of Nebraska while delaying a planned fight against Glover Teixeira earlier this year. Before the rescheduled fight took place, Smith faced an even more terrifying situation after forcibly restraining an intruder during a home invasion.
Six weeks later, he lost the fight to Teixeira by TKO in the fifth round. Smith returned to action in August hoping to get back in the win column. But instead, he lost a lopsided decision to Aleksandar Rakic. He subsequently contemplated publicly returning to middleweight after suffering back-to-back losses at 205 pounds.
A year to forget
Now, as he prepares for a fight against Devin Clark at UFC Vegas 15, Smith knows he could dismiss this year as a series of truly unfortunate events, But you will never take the easy route when it comes to your shortcomings.
«It has been really difficult. I will never make an excuse even when it is handed to me. It hasn’t been the easiest year I’ve been through, that’s for sure. Something is my fault. Maybe if I was more of a man I’d have the balls to maybe get out of some of those fights and know that maybe I’d know that some of those weren’t the best situations that I should have been fighting in, but I just don’t. I don’t have it in me.
“I don’t have the strength to say that I can’t do something. Even going into the Glover Teixeira fight right after the home invasion during the pandemic, the family is a mess, whatever, maybe it would have been the most manly thing to do to just say, ‘Hey, I’m having some trouble. serious. ‘ at home, I can’t do this now. ‘ But that means I would actually have to say out loud that I can’t do it, And I’m not built like that My brain is just not wired that way«.
To get back on track and close the year with a victory, Smith made some necessary changes to his training ground, including a physical regimen that better prepared him to compete at light heavyweight.
He also forced himself to limit any potential distractions that could divert his attention from the fight.
«I did a lot of things in this training ground differently. And maybe the average person, it wouldn’t seem much different, but you didn’t see me working at the analyst desk for this entire training camp. If you are a listener to my radio show, I only did an hour, once a week on my radio show. I cut my program. I did not do any episode of my podcast with Laura Sanko ».
«I just took a lot of things off my plate and luckily I have a lot of people who support me and who helped me to take over that and take the pieces that I’m not doing«.
Again, Smith refuses to blame any of those activities as if they somehow caused him to lose a fight, but the changes were necessary as I was looking for a better result this weekend.
«You have so many things on your mind. I am married, I am the father of three children, you have all the duties and responsibilities that come with that. plus training camp and again all those other things I had on my plate, analyst stuff, podcasts. , my radio show.
«I just needed to manage that and organize it better and I think I did a very good job in this training camp«.
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