Anthony Smith has had nearly a year away from the bright lights of the UFC since starting his post-Jon Jones comeback by submitting Alexander Gustafsson in the 4th round. The end of the year saw Smith take part in Quintet Ultra and put on a great display of grappling prowess on route to the UFC Team winning the whole tournament, but it seems like his return to fighting was quicker than we expected. Just the other day, Anthony Smith was unfortunately subjected to a break-in and violent altercation with the criminal in question.
Smith was no doubt lucky that the attacker was unarmed and reportedly had a difficult time fighting off the man regardless, he said as much himself:
“I didn’t know what he had. Typically people don’t break into your house in the middle of the night for any good reasons. I’m expecting that I’m gonna hear a gunshot or he’s gonna stab me. Like he’s got something. I figure I’ve got about two minutes before whatever he’s got takes me out.”
“No normal human is able to fight like that. I’m by no means the baddest dude on the planet. But he’s a regular Joe and I had a hard time dealing with him. And he took everything that I gave him — every punch, every knee, every elbow. He took every single one of them and kept fighting me.”
In the below video, one-time UFC Title chalenger Anthony Smith talks to Ariel Helwani for ESPN MMA describes the harrowing experience of coming face to face with a home invader and having to fight the assailant off before controlling him and waiting for police to arrive. The man who took Jon Jones to decision and owns a 33-14 MMA record had to struggle with the intruder for around five minutes before police arrived and because the criminal took nothing from Smith’s house, his motivation behind the break-in is still a mystery. Smith says that he believes it was related to mental illness as opposed to motivated by greed.
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