Moment Anthony Smith Let’s Jon Jones Off Disqualification During Title Fight
Anthony Smith may have lost his shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight title, but the 30-year-old won plenty of admirers for his conduct that was revealed post-fight.
It has been widely reported that Jones threw an illegal knee in the fourth round as the pair grappled, however, what many people do not realise is that this knee could have spelt victory for Smith.
Should Smith have said he was unable to continue after the blow, the fight would have been stopped and Jones likely disqualified.
Jones has tasted this kind of loss before, his only loss, against Matt Hamill ten years ago when the then-21-year-old was DQ’d for illegal elbows.
However, post-fight, Smith said that he had no intention of being dishonourable, saying, “I want to win the title, not steal it”.
Jones not only commended Smith, but expressed his gratitude, saying in his press conference:
”Hats off to Anthony, man. He could’ve done the easy way and took that option out, but instead he stayed in there. I owe him. I owe him a beer. At least a beer.”
”The illegal knee was totally unintentional,” Jones said. “In the moment I felt his body language rising, and I thought I was gonna time a great head shot right after he got off of his palm. To my understanding, on his finger tips he’s considered standing. His body came up, I threw the kick, I guess his palm was still down. Totally unintentional.
”Hats off to Anthony Smith for having a lion heart. I mean, I think the average person would have used that as a way out and became a world champion. He was tired, he had been hit with a kitchen sink, and, I mean, I did an illegal blow. And he decided to allow the fight to continue and I’m so proud of him for just being a real warrior out there and continuing the fight.”
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