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Anthony Smith turned down another fight offer after Brazil’s win

Anthony Smith turned down another fight offer after Brazil’s win

Anthony Smith was proud of his activity during his UFC career, but this time he thought about it more.

Just days after scoring a first-round victory to upset previously undefeated Vitor Petrino on Saturday at UFC 301, Smith (38-19 MMA, 13-9 UFC) revealed that matchmakers had made him another offer to ‘step back into the octagon soon’. .”

During many phases of his career, Smith is said to have bypassed the return altogether. But at 35 years old and at a precious time when it comes to attempting another – and perhaps final – title shot, Smith said it would not be wise.

“I already got another fight offer, and it’s happening too fast,” Smith said on the “Believe You Me” podcast with Michael Bisping. ‘I’ve found out it’s nothing physical. It is (mental). I have to give 100 percent effort, be 100 percent focused and just focus on that, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I can only do that for a certain amount of time. I’m no longer in my early twenties and I can just keep going. Next week I have to go back to training camp. The thought of that makes me want to hit my head against the car door.”

Smith, ranked No. 12 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie light heavyweight rankings, would not reveal the opponent or the date he was offered, but said it was not at UFC 302 or UFC 303.

Ultimately, Smith knows he could have competed again in the timeline presented, but that wouldn’t be in his best interest. He said he wants to spend the summer with his kids and thought he would resent returning to training camp within the first few weeks of preseason.

Following his third-round TKO loss to Khalil Rountree in December, which Smith took on short notice claiming he had not received proper training, “Lionheart” vowed never to fight again without the support of a full training camp.

Smith knows he’s in shaky waters if he really wants to get another shot at the title and needs to pile up the right wins in the right way. He forced his doubters to retreat with Petrino’s two-minute finish in Brazil and was happy to share some of the stories he no longer has.

“It was a great sense of relief because the questions were coming in,” Smith said. “Some of it is my decision-making and some of it is just circumstance. I kept telling myself, “You’re doing fine. You’re okay.’ Just the way part of my career has gone: it’s up and down, and you kind of get into a rut and have a hard time getting out of it. You can only hear people say it so many times where you’re listening and you think, “F*ck, maybe they see something I’m missing.”

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