Anthony Smith has addressed why he missed weight because the backup fighter for the vacant mild heavyweight title at UFC 283.
In the primary occasion of the pay-per-view card in Brazil, Glover Teixeira was set to face Jamahal Hill – who was initially booked to face Smith. With Smith’s fights off, he was asked to be the backup fighter for the primary occasion however missed weight so he would’ve been ineligible to win the belt had both Teixeira or Hill not been in a position to combat.
Now, days after the occasion, Smith addressed the load miss and mentioned this would be the solely time it occurs.
“It wasn’t for an absence of effort,” Smith mentioned on Michael Bisping’s “Believe You Me” podcast (h/t MMAJunkie). “It wasn’t for lack of effort. I spent 48 straight hours reducing weight. It wasn’t an absence of effort. Nobody noticed me on the size wanting like I had a further 20 kilos to lose. I acquired shut, however it wasn’t shut sufficient, and it’ll by no means occur once more. I’ll be the primary one on the size for my subsequent combat. And I’m not a serial weight misser. It occurs. It wasn’t on objective.”
Smith says he has no excuses for lacking weight and can settle for any warmth he will get for lacking weight.
“I’ve been an absolute a**gap about folks lacking weight,” Smith mentioned. “You have got one job: It’s a must to present up on weight. That’s the simplest a part of the job. I stand by every little thing I’ve mentioned about everybody else. It’s a must to make weight. That isn’t an choice. I’ll settle for no matter sh*t is coming my means. It doesn’t change my perspective on something.”
Anthony Smith doesn’t have his subsequent combat booked and has not fought since he suffered a TKO loss to Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 277. Previous to that, ‘Lionheart’ was on a three-fight profitable streak with stoppage wins over Ryan Spann, Jimmy Crute, and Devin Clark.
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