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By David Tees on 3/6/2023 8:56 PM

Jamahal Hill defeated Glover Teixeira by unanimous decision to become the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion is the main event of UFC 283.

Anthony Smith, who was the backup fighter for the title fight, missed weight for the fight and Smith says the reason for the miss was due to an illness he was battling at the time.

”I was really sick,” Smith said on The MMA Hour (transcript via Steven Marrocco of MMA Fighting). “Really, really, really.”

The fighter came in at 209 pounds for his backup role in the light heavyweight title fight, with the championship weight limit for the division being 205 pounds.

Smith says his ego is what led him to not notifying the UFC about his medical condition prior to UFC 283.

“Sometimes that s*** happens, and I’m really critical people that miss weight – that’s your job, you gotta make weight,” he said. “If I ... mentally didn’t have such an ego, I probably would have called and just said, ‘Hey, I’m really sick. I can’t make it. We’re gonna have to go without a backup. But ... I would have to say I couldn’t do it, and I just can’t say that.”