Viral Video: Anthony Smith stunt double outraged by ‘Lionheart’ comparison — ‘He’s terrible!’
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Some context is necessary for the above clip. The fighter speaking is Harry Hardwick (10-3-1), an English fighter who’s competed for both Cage Warriors and Bellator. It’s not a new clip, but it’s gathered steam online this week ahead of Anthony Smith’s co-main event battle versus Ryan Spann at UFC Singapore, which goes down in just a few hours.
As someone who’s chronically online in the MMA sphere, I had not previously seen the video. However, it’s gained a lot of steam this fight week, and as one of the meanest (and funniest) MMA rants in history, it deserves some additional attention.
The fact that it all stemmed from a simple social media comparison is remarkable.
“Are you on crack?” Hardwick replies to the comment that accuses him of looking like Anthony Smith. “I take personal offense to this, because Anthony Smith is probably the s—ttiest fighter in the world right now. He has the least appropriate nickname. He gets called ‘Lionheart’ despite every fight, he goes to the fetal position on the floor and sort of cowers. He gives up but like lets the fight keep happening, and people give him praise for it. It’s f—king terrible.”
He continues, “And he’s a fucking idiot for not just taking the DQ win [over Jon Jones] and running away with his money. F—king moron. And all of his takes as an analyst are s—t as well. F—k Anthony Smith. Prick!”
For being the worst fighter in the world, Smith isn’t doing too terrible for himself. “Lionheart” has lost his last two bouts, but he’ll still enter the cage in a few hours ranked inside the Light Heavyweight Top 10. It’s an important fight for Smith, one that will really determine whether he still has a future fighting top competition.
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