UFC light heavyweight Anthony Smith found himself in "one of the toughest fights" of his life after waking up to an intruder in his Nebraska home early Sunday morning.
Smith spoke about the incident in an interview with ESPN's Ariel Helwani on Monday, describing it as "terrifying."
"Typically people don't break into your house in the middle of the night for any good reasons," Smith said. "I'm expecting that I'm gonna 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 lives with his wife, three daughters, and his mother-in-law. None of them were injured, though the intruder did put up a strong fight that lasted more than five minutes.
"I'm not lying when I said it was one of the toughest fights I've had in my whole life," Smith said. "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."
When police arrived, they were able to restrain the intruder. The suspect, Luke Haberman, was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal trespass, a misdemeanor. He must report to court at a later date.
Smith is scheduled to face Glover Teixeira at UFC Lincoln on April 25 in Nebraska, though the event will likely be relocated due to the coronavirus pandemic.