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UFC 303 loss ‘put nail within the coffin’ on getting title

Anthony Smith finds himself in a quandary after UFC 303.

Smith (38-20 MMA, 13-10 UFC) misplaced a unanimous choice to short-notice alternative Roman Dolidze (13-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) lower than two weeks in the past at T-Cellular Enviornment in Las Vegas. “Lionheart” initially stepped in on quick discover to switch Jamahal Hill towards Carlos Ulberg, however Ulberg wound up withdrawing. In stepped Dolidze, who defeated Smith.

“There was virtually a second the place I used to be type of like, ‘What the f*ck am I doing right here?’” Smith mentioned on his “Consider You Me” podcast. “Not a lot me, however why am I even on this place proper now? I got here right here to fill in for Jamahal in a matchup that I actually favored and that I used to be very conversant in due to coaching with Jamahal and serving to him out.

“So, it didn’t really feel new, however then hastily it’s Dolidze, who I obtained numerous respect for. I’ve been very excessive on Dolidze for a very long time. It’s a stylistic nightmare for me. It’s shorter, stocky grappler with good hanging. These guys have at all times been my kryptonite, these double-threat guys.”

Smith has by no means backed down from a problem in his quest to regain one other gentle heavyweight title shot. However after alternating wins and losses previously couple of years, he thinks that window has probably closed.

“Profession trajectory-wise, I don’t know. Which may’ve put the nail within the coffin on getting a title,” Smith mentioned.

Smith vows to now not take short-notice fights. He doesn’t plan on retiring however isn’t certain proceed if the title is now not in play.

“I like preventing,” Smith mentioned. “The issue I’m working into mentally is that if I’m not doing it to win a title, am I costing myself greater than it’s value? That’s the crossroads that I’m at. It’s time away from my household, and that’s getting more durable and more durable.”

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