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Thursday, Sep 03, 2020

Anthony Smith Reports Leg is “Not Good”, Following Kicks From Aleksandar Rakic

Smith and Rakic (right) (photo via UFC / YouTube)

By FCF Staff

Aleksandar Rakic pounded Anthony Smith’s lead leg with several, brutal kicks last weekend, and “The Lionheart” recently discussed how much damage he sustained.

Smith faced the rising light heavyweight in the main event of UFC Vegas 8, and lost the fight via decision. Early on in the fight, Rakic targeted Smith’s leg with kicks, and at one point, the former middleweight was sent to the floor by one.

During a recent appearance on Sirius XM, Smith reported the following about his leg (quotes via MMA Fighting).

“It’s not good. It’s not good at all,” Smith said. “I’m still on crutches so there’s that. If I’m being really honest with you guys, I’m not doing well. I’m super disappointed. I couldn’t get out of bed on Sunday. They had to send people from the [UFC Performance Institute] to my hotel room to drug me up and put a bunch of anti-inflammatory creams and big compression ice machines. It was like I had a whole f**king team in my room. It’s a little bit better today.

“There’s an occult fracture on my fibula head so that’s cool. It sounds bad but it’s not a huge deal actually. It’s 4 to 6 weeks it will be fine. But yeah, that’s how my leg is.”

And while discussing the outcome of the fight, which also saw Rakic use his wrestling and top game en route to victory, Smith said this.

“Had I not had the leg damage, I would have changed my game plan and just said all right we’re just going to stand in this boxing range and we’re going to f**king go to town here. I’m confident I’d have been fine but I couldn’t take one more leg kick…”

The 32-year-old Smith (33-16) was coming off a stoppage loss to Glover Teixeira in May, prior to his bout with Rakic (13-2).

posted by FCF Staff @ 11:57 am
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