- Anthony Smith commented on Jamahal Hill’s disappointment over his spot in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings
- “Lionheart” thinks “Sweet Dreams” is very emotional
Anthony Smith understood how Jamahal Hill feels about the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings but at the same time, he also thinks there’s a logical reason behind it.
It is what it is
Speaking on his Believe You Me podcast with Michael Bisping, Smith shared his candid take on Hill’s claim that he was disrespected for not being ranked higher than he was supposed to in the pound-for-pound rankings.
According to “Lionheart,” Hill wasn’t really disrespected but it was more about the fact that he beat an aging fighter in Glover Teixeira when he won the light heavyweight champ.
“That’s a 43-year-old man that’s at the end of his career and it was on short notice… that’s how they justify this stuff. It was on short notice, he fought the older man and that’s how they look at it,” Smith said.
“So, I understand Jamhal and why he’s upset about that but also on the flip side of it, he had just won the title, he never had an opportunity to prove where I think he probably is on the pound-for-pound rankings like, where me and him think he is and where he was able to prove with actual data in the Octagon are different,” he continued. “I know where he’s at but no one else does so you got to put the work in, you got to fight the fights, you got to beat the people and the injury just cut his title range short and and when he gets back and gets uninjured and healthy and we’ll where he at.”
Emotions are good for Jamahal
Smith went on and revealed that Hill is an “emotional” person who couldn’t help but take everything personally. For “Lionheard,” it wasn’t a bad thing, if anything being emotional is good for Hill ahead of his return.
“Jamhal is a, he’s a super emotional, I don’t want to say emotional, he’s a very honest person I don’t know he kind of wears his heart on his sleeve like you see these quotes like he’s not afraid to say how he feels and tell people how they pissed him off. So, we’ve had these conversations and and you can tell like he takes things very personal like things that maybe other people wouldn’t have taken so personally, he does and it pisses him off and he feels like it’s a personal attack on him and I don’t argue with him like I just let him because I think it’s good for him. Like I think it’s good for his recovery. I think it’s good for his rehab. It’s good for his return to the Octagon,” Smith concluded.
Hill became the 205-pound division king after beating Teixeira at UFC 283. Sadly, an Achilles injury prompted him to relinquish his title but he is still the No. 1 light heavyweight contender.
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