Smith To Have Surgery After UFC Stockholm Win
Anthony Smith will not be back in the Octagon for a while, as the former light heavyweight title contender broke his hand early in his UFC Stockholm win over Alexander Gustasson.
“I think I jinxed myself. That’s what I get and that’s what my fiancée said ‘well I guess you asked for a break, it’s what you get I suppose’,” Smith said on Monday, two days after his fourth round submission win. “So I had the doctor’s appointment today, I have surgery on Wednesday morning and they said probably four months before I can fully start a training camp. That’s the best guess they have right now.
“So we’re looking at probably six months best case because by then I’ll have to get back into shape and get a camp going. So best case, probably six months.”
The break came early in the fight when he landed a shot to the head of Gustafsson.
“If you get a chance, go back to that moment and listen to it. You can hear the bone break. It’s loud. It’s really loud. You can hear it. That’s when (Paul) Felder said ‘I hope Anthony didn’t hurt his hand’ and unfortunately that’s when it happened. I knew right away that it was broken.”
“It hurt so bad. It was terrible,” Smith said. “Right at first it wasn’t too bad. As the fight went on, it was terrible. Honestly, I told Marc [Montoya] right away, I said ‘I broke my hand’ and he said ‘all right well then we’re throwing elbows’. I said ‘nah f—k it, I’ll just keep throwing it’.
“That’s my mentality. I’m here, I’m hurt, let’s just fight. I’m not going to break it any more [than it’s already broken]. I knew in my head I was going into surgery so I was just like let’s go. I didn’t want it to change my mentality.”
The surgery, scheduled for Wednesday, will keep Smith out until 2020, which gives him and his family just enough time to go on a much needed vacation.“I wanted to be able to do it free mentally. That’s all I wanted. I wanted to be able to take a break and god—mn it would suck to have to sit for six months coming off a loss,” Smith said. “I wasn’t super sold on this fight initially and I don’t think that’s too big of a secret. Just because I didn’t want to leave my family but once again Marc Montoya and Jim [Walter] they had the foresight to know it’s not always about what you want to do, it’s about what you need to do.
“I needed to be able to take a break mentally free and just sit back and enjoy my family. Because honestly if I would have taken six months off after Jon [Jones], it would have been a miserable six months.”
Report: MMA Fighting