A home invader "took every punch, knee and elbow" for a full five minutes after breaking into the home of UFC star Anthony Smith.
The former light-heavyweight title challenger was forced to fight off the intruder back in April 2020, after the man broke into his family home in Nebraska. After getting into a fight with the intruder, Smith revealed that the man gave him "one of the toughest fights" of his life before police arrived on the scene.
Speaking at the time, Smith explained: “I’m not lying when I said it was one of the toughest fights I’ve had in my whole life.
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“I went into that fight ready to die. Nobody smart breaks into a house in the middle of the night unarmed. When they break in at night, it’s to hurt people.”
The intruder was later identified as former wrestler Luke Haberman, who was cited for trespassing by police before being taken to hospital for treatment on injuries he suffered fighting Smith.
Haberman is understood to have been an impressive wrestler during his high school days, achieving a record of 32-11 in his senior year, according to Eastern Europe BJJ.
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“No normal human is able to fight like that," added Smith. “I’m by no means the baddest dude on the planet. But he’s a regular Joe and I had a hard time dealing with him. He took every punch, every knee, every elbow. He took every single one of them and kept on fighting me.”
Lionheart is set to return to the Octagon on Saturday night at UFC 277 in Dallas, where he will take on Magomed Ankalaev in the first fight on the main card.
The bout is Smith's first in 10 months after Ryan Spann via a first round rear-naked choke submission at UFC Fight Night 192 in September last year.
Ranked fifth amongst UFC light-heavyweights, Smith will be hoping to set up another title shot, having lost a unanimous decision to Jon Jones in his previous title fight at UFC 235 in March 2019.
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