He simply wasn’t one in all them.
Whereas there have been cries of dangerous refereeing or poor judgment on the a part of his coaches to permit him to proceed, Smith truly had no drawback with the selections made on his behalf regardless of absorbing quite a lot of punishing over the last 10 plus minutes within the battle.
“I’m not a sufferer,” Smith informed MMA Preventing on Wednesday. “That’s what I need individuals to know. I put myself on this place on goal. That’s all I need individuals to know. It’s not that I don’t care that they have been upset about it or that I don’t care that they care. I like it.
“I like the responses that I’ve gotten that it was exhausting to look at and that they love me and so they need me to maintain combating. I like it. I admire it It’s humbling. I simply don’t need it to be this narrative that I’m the sufferer as a result of I’m not.”
In line with Smith, he’s been instructing his coaches for a number of years that they don’t seem to be allowed to cease his fights by dropping by the wayside regardless of the circumstances.
He additionally speaks extensively with the referee in all of his fights to grasp the instructions they may give him earlier than issuing a stoppage.
For these causes alone, Smith was fully glad with the stoppage in his battle with Teixeira and he wouldn’t need it every other approach.
“I’m good with it. That’s the best way that I wished it to pan out,” Smith stated. “I do know that individuals on-line are going loopy proper now and I feel that’s for a pair completely different causes. I’ve some theories on why it bothers individuals a lot however I put myself in that place on goal by having the rule the place my corners aren’t allowed to cease the battle and by ensuring that I do know the referee’s instructions and what it’s going to sound like earlier than he stops the battle and what I have to do, by what I informed the physician. Every little thing labored good.
“That’s precisely how I hoped it was going to work sometime if I ended up in that place and it did precisely that. My corners have been handcuffed and couldn’t cease the battle. I do know what to say to the physician. I’ve been doing this a very long time. I do know what the physician wants to listen to to proceed a battle. And I knew precisely what the ref wanted trigger I handcuff the ref earlier than the battle. I’ve been doing that for the previous 5 or 6 years.”
Referee Jason Herzog has obtained a barrage of criticism for permitting Smith proceed after he was knocked down and blitzed with punches within the third spherical after which confronted extra of the identical within the fourth.
Whereas it’s as much as the referee to find out when a battle must be stopped, Smith refuses to put any blame on Herzog for the selections he made that night time.
“Ask any ref that’s ever reffed one in all my fights,” Smith defined. “I do the identical factor each time and I’m not doing that as a result of I truly care. I’m doing it as a result of I’m handcuffing you into your phrase. So I basically handcuffed everybody into not having the ability to cease the battle and letting me do it alone phrases.
“I requested [Jason Herzog] particularly what it was going to sound like [when he’s going to stop the fight]. Now he has to abide by that. Now he has to maintain his phrase trigger that’s what he informed me. Now he has to undergo it regardless of how he feels personally. I basically take his emotions out of it. I take my corners’ emotions out of it and I do know what to inform the physician. I’m pleased with it as a result of that’s the best way that I wished it to go.”
If anybody deserves the blame for the best way the battle ended, Smith places the onus again on himself.
In truth, Smith says that he helps coaches who really feel the necessity to cease a battle by dropping by the wayside when an athlete ought to now not proceed. He simply by no means needs to face that situation in one in all his fights.
“Put that on me,” Smith stated. “Hear, I perceive the followers’ facet. I get it. It makes me look loopy. I’m not anti-stopping fights. I’m not towards dropping by the wayside. I’m not towards nook males stepping in and saying ‘that’s sufficient.’ I’m simply towards it for me. I personally would cease fights for those who I care about that I’m teaching. I’d do this. I’ve no drawback stepping in and stopping a battle and I feel that it must occur extra. Simply not with me. I do know that sounds nuts.
“I say on a regular basis, I’m going to be a world champion or die attempting. That’s not a soundbite. So individuals assume that I’m saying it as a result of I wish to sound cool. I reside that life. The one cause you guys find out about it now could be as a result of a scenario got here up the place it got here into play or else nobody would have ever identified. That’s been the rule for greater than a handful of years. That’s at all times been the rule.”
For all of the complaints lodged towards the referee or his coaches, Smith is aware of that deep down individuals are simply exhibiting concern for his well being and properly being.
“All of me appreciates it,” Smith stated candidly. “I feel that’s getting missed. Individuals are lacking that a part of it. I’m not unappreciative of you caring.
“I’m simply attempting to elucidate to individuals, it’s not that I don’t care. It’s not even that I don’t count on individuals to really feel the best way that they really feel. I’m not trashing you for feeling that approach. I’m simply explaining to you that it’s this fashion on goal. That I’m not a sufferer.”
When the battle did lastly finish, Smith walked away with plenty of accidents together with a damaged nostril, a fractured orbital bone and two damaged tooth. Just a few days later, the previous gentle heavyweight title contender is already on the mend with no surgical procedures required to restore the harm, just a few a lot wanted day without work.
Going ahead, Smith hopes he can return to motion by September however don’t count on his demeanor to vary primarily based on the end result on this explicit battle.
He nonetheless needs to have each alternative to forge forward below the worst of circumstances. Smith received’t permit his coaches to cease the battle and he’ll completely interact in an intensive pre-fight dialog with the referee to make sure he is aware of precisely what’s required for him to proceed if issues go unsuitable.
“The one factor I’d ask is to be respectful of my selections,” Smith stated. “You don’t have to love it. You don’t need to agree with how I do issues. You don’t need to agree with how my thoughts works. However that’s why you’re the fan and I’m a fighter. The place our brains simply work in a different way and I don’t imply that in a disrespectful approach.
“A number of the identical followers which might be attacking me due to how my battle went are the identical ones that have been cheering and going loopy of their residing rooms when Ben Askren received flatlined by [Jorge] Masvidal or their favourite battle on the earth is Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald. If you happen to’re not OK with the best way my battle went, then you definitely shouldn’t have been OK with the best way Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald’s battle went as a result of the consequences on the mind are comparable and I’d argue that theirs was a lot worse than mine.”