Former title challenger Anthony Smith underwent surgery for his broken hand which occurred during his fight against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC Fight Night 153 which took place at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on June 1, 2019.
He defeated Gustafsson via submission but suffered a broken hand and after the first surgery, he underwent a second surgery which will force him to stay out of the Octagon for the remainder of 2019, destroying his hopes of competing in the Octagon later this year.
“[The first surgery] went well initially but a week and a half ago I had another [surgery]. The first one wasn’t successful so we had to do another one about 10 days ago. I’m back on the horse starting over again and trying to stay positive,” Smith said to MMAFighting.com in an interview.
“The bone, the first metacarpal was completely snapped and displaced. Part of the bone had started peeling back because I kept throwing it during the fight. So they went in and put a plate on it, fixed a lot of the scar tissue and stuff like that. They fixed all that. I don’t know exactly what happened but the bone displaced again and that broke the plate so they had to go in and replace the plate, put in a new one. Take bone graft from my leg so I got two holes drilled in my leg. So it’s been a mess. I was out about four months from the beginning so we kind of restarted that four months a week and a half ago.”
However, Anthony Smith made it clear that he is not going to take unnecessary risks and will fight only when he is fully recovered which he expects to be around early next year.
“I need to be smart about my recovery and make sure I’m not doing anything I shouldn’t be doing and pushing it when it’s not ready. Fortunately, I put myself in a position where I can sit as long as I need but you know me, I’m not going to sit any longer than I have to. That’s for damn sure.”
“Four months until I can punch again,” Smith said. “We’re looking at January, February, we’ll get the machine fired back up again.” (H/T – MMAFighting.com)