Anthony Smith Reacts To Losing Out On Jamahal Hill Fight: ‘That’s A Big Problem’

Smith will no longer be fighting Hill, who got called up for a title shot.

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Anthony Smith is left without a dance partner for 2023. 

The UFC Light Heavyweight contender was supposed to fight Jamahal Hill on March 11th, but a curveball got in the way of that happening. Following what Dana White thought was a ‘terrible’ main event between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev, the UFC boss decided to make a new fight for the 205 strap altogether. 

Houston, We Have A Problem

The newest vacant title fight will include former champ Glover Teixeira and the already-booked Hill, much to the dismay of ‘Lionheart’ who had already made plans. Smith would react to the news live on air while manning the UFC 282 broadcast table. 

“Yeah that’s a problem,” Smith said on the UFC 282 post-fight show. “Yeah, that’s a big problem for me. Yeah, I don’t know.”

Smith would then continue after receiving praise from Jon Anik for taking the disappointing news on the chin. 

“It kind of leaves me with nobody, that’s the problem. Ankalaev just fought, (Aleksandar) Rakic is injured, Blachowicz just fought, Jamahal Hill was left. Glover Teixeira was available and now he’s not.”

Where Smith Wants To Fight At Next

While his next opponent is a mystery, Smith does have a place in mind for his return. 

“We’ll figure it out, I don’t know,” Smith continued. “The London card is coming up. I like London this time of year. I feel like someone owes me a favor right now, so I don’t know. We’ll figure it out.”

With ‘Sweet Dreams’ off the table, Smith dreams of fighting at UFC 286 on March 18th in London, England. Let’s see if that goes according to plan unlike his last booking. 

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