UFC fighter Anthony Smith has detailed the “terrifying” moment he fought a home invader in front of his wife and children.
The MMA ace told ESPN it was “one of the toughest fights” he’s ever had.
Smith, who lives with his wife, three daughters and mother-in-law in Nebraska, USA, revealed he woke up to a “man’s voice screaming at the top of his lungs.”
The 31-year-old, ranked the UFC’s number three light-heavyweight, left his bed and came face-to-face with an aggressive stranger.
Smith, who weights 205 pounds, said: “I didn’t know what he had. Typically people don’t break into your house in the middle of the night for any good reasons.
“I’m expecting to hear a gunshot or he’s gonna stab me. Like he’s got something.
“I figure I’ve got about two minutes before whatever he’s got takes me out.”
Smith grappled with the stranger, who was later identified as Luke Habermann, for five minutes before police arrived and ended up holding a kitchen knife to the assailant.
It’s believed Habermann broke into Smith’s house through an open garage door after trying to enter other properties on the street, including one where he was chased away.
And Smith admits Habermann, who he believed to weigh less at 170 pounds, gave him the fight of his life.
Smith continued: “No normal human is able to fight like that. 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.
“And he took everything that I gave him – every punch, every knee, every elbow. He took every single one of them and kept fighting me.
“I’m not lying when I said it was one of the toughest fights I’ve had in my whole life.
“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.
“You always just think you’re such a badass. I just don’t feel like one. I feel… insufficient a little bit. I didn’t know it was possible to be that terrified.”
But Smith, who has 33 wins and 14 losses to his name, insists he’s still prepared to take on Glover Teixeira at UFC Lincoln later this month – even though it could be axed due to the coronavirus crisis.
Smith, whose last bout was a win over Alexander Gustafsson in June last year, added: “I gotta do what I gotta do. I’ve got a job I’ve gotta take care of.
“Glover is still good to go. He’s still in. He’s training, he’s ready.”
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