Top UFC light heavyweight contender Anthony Smith is scheduled to fight Glover Teixeira at UFC Lincoln on April 25 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.
However, with the Coronavirus outbreak forcing putting the world to a grinding halt, the UFC has so far cancelled three of its fight cards. But with the trajectory that the virus has taken in the United States, the chances of UFC Lincoln getting cancelled is extremely high.
The cancelled fight cards have been devastating for fighters who get paid only when they fight. But that is not the case for Anthony Smith who has taken over multiple jobs apart from being an active UFC fighter. Smith is a radio host for MMA tonight on SiriusXM and also an analyst for ESPN.
Smith credits former UFC fighter Dan Hardy for getting him started on his broadcasting career.
“I kind of fell into it you know? I would credit Dan Hardy with my broadcasting career, 100%. And I don’t know if it would’ve happened the way that it happened, if it wasn’t for Dan Hardy.” Smith said in an interview with BJPenn.com. “Actually it goes back to the Shogun [Rua] fight, the Shogun fight really changed my entire life. Not only just career wise as far as fighting, but it was the first time I had a conversation with Dan Hardy, it was the first time I had fought in Europe. In the fighter meeting with the broadcasting crew, talent, and producers…I was always a big Dan Hardy fan, I loved his style, I loved the way that he fought, I loved the mohowak and the way he was. As he transitioned into broadcasting, I always liked his mindset and how he thought about fights, and I thought I’d love to sit down and have a conversation with him and talk fights.”
“I would credit Dan Hardy with my broadcasting career, 100%. I don’t know if it would’ve happened the way it happened if it wasn’t for Dan Hardy.”-@lionheartasmith discusses how @danhardymma helped him start his broadcasting career
— Mike Pendleton (@MP2310) March 30, 2020
“We’re sitting in these meetings and the producers are going to be asking questions, the guys that are calling the fights have questions, and honestly those meetings are usually about 10-15 meetings. Dan Hardy and I sat in that meeting, speaking to each other for like a half hour. It wasn’t just about my fight, it was about fights on the same card, fight philosophies in general, and the producers were like ‘what in the hell just happened? Why didn’t we get that on camera?’ So then the next day they hit me up and said ‘Hey we really enjoyed your and Dan Hardy’s chemistry, would you sit down and do a Facebook Live with him for 30 minutes?’ I was like yeah and we did it the next day, and it exploded, man, it was crazy.” Smith concluded. (H/T – BJPenn.com)