Anthony “The Lionheart” Smith has encountered a lot of injuries throughout his career and was at the peak of his career when his knee injury almost ended his career.
Khamzat Chimaev is dealing with Covid-19 and recently he got emotional and announced his retirement, although Smith was not affected by the virus but he understands the sentiment.
He said, “He’s used to being a f*cking killer. He’s out here smoking people. It’s not even competitive at this point yet. And now he’s a shell of himself? There’s more than just physical stuff that goes along with it. There’s a lot of mental stuff. He’s not used to being weak.”
“He’s not used to struggling, he’s not used to having a tough time because he’s so good and he works so damn hard.”
“Through this, through injuries, through sickness, it doesn’t matter how hard you work. It just takes time. And fighters aren’t patient.”
“You look at the hill, and sometimes, it doesn’t even seem like it’s worth it,” Smith recalls his experience while recovering from the injury
Smith believes the thought pattern that goes along with the recovery is the hardest, he commented “When you’re injured, and it just seems like a mountain you can’t climb. When I hurt my hand after Gustafsson, and then the surgery failed, the bones shifted again, the plate broke, and they had to do it again.”
“Sometimes, when your body betrays you, it seems like it’s just too much and you’re never going to be the same, and if you can’t be the same, you don’t want to compete if you can’t be the same.”