Is Anthony Smith Mixed? UFC Fighter Ethnicity And Religion Revealed

This article was last updated by on

Even the strongest people are often a victim of racism. Amidst rising hate comments, UFC fans are curious about what Anthony Smith ethnicity is.

Anthony Jay Smith, popularly known by his ring name “Lionheart,” is a professional mixed martial artist from the United States born on July 26, 1988.

The fighter currently fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ‘s Light Heavyweight division.

Fighting in orthodox style, Smith received his first degree BJJ black belt in Omaha, Nebraska.

He has been a professional combatant since 2008 and has previously competed for Bellator MMA and Strikeforce.

Anthony Smith Entering Into The Octagon
Anthony Smith Entering Into The Octagon (Source: Instagram)

He is currently ranked number five in the UFC light heavyweight rankings as of May 12, 2023.

After dropping out of high school, the Texas-born started working full-time as a concrete finisher, a job he held until 2016, even when fighting professionally.

He believes in giving back to society and is involved in several community development programs and charity. 

The fighter has also sponsored a local kid’s baseball team named “Millard Red Legend.”

What is Anthony Smith’s Ethnicity And Religion?

Smith has himself declared that he is of a mixed race. Regarding Anthony Smith ethnicity, he would call himself half-black and half-white. 

On Oct 13, 2017, he tweeted, “Confession: As a mixed male (1/2 black, 1/2 wht) in America I wasn’t aware being called “boy” was racist? Seriously? Lol this world is weird”

In another Instagram post, after being asked about his children, “Why are they so black?” He addressed the issue after feeling very offended.

Anthony Smith Posing For A Picture
Anthony Smith Posing For A Picture (Source: Instagram)

He writes, “Once upon a time, a bunch of times, my mom had sex with a black man and had a baby. That baby went on to have his own babies.”

Smith further defends his ethnicity by saying, “Those legendary black genes shine through strong. If any of that is a problem…you know where the door is.”

His mother and grandfather raised the fighter as his father left him when he was an infant.

Unfortunately, his mother, Dixie Jean Tonacchio, a white female, died on May 6, 2022, 

In terms of religion, Smith is a god-loving Christian. He could be seen giving back to the community on easter holidays. 

Wife & Family Of Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith is married to Mikhala Renee Newman. The pair tied the knot in Omaha, Nebraska, on September 20, 2019.

Talking about Mikhala, she is a licensed nurse who obtained her nursing degree from Lutheran Liberal Arts University in Fremont, Nebraska.

The couple is blessed with three daughters, Ariah (born: 2011), Avaya (born: 2014), and Adley (2017).

Anthony Smith With His Wife And Three Daughters
Anthony Smith With His Wife And Three Daughters (Source: The Sun)

Anthony frequently uploads pictures of his family which demonstrate that the couple enjoys spending their free time with their three daughters.

The fighter currently lives with his wife, three daughters, and mother-in-law in Nebraska, USA.

In April 2020, a person named Luke Habermann invaded the family’s home. The fighter had to fight off the invader in front of his wife and kids. 

Smith ended up holding a kitchen knife to the throat of the invader until the police arrived, which ended the tussle. 

Bibek Dhoj Thapa
Bibek Dhoj Thapa

Bibek Dhoj Thapa

Bibek Dhoj Thapa is a seasoned sports journalist with a passion for uncovering the untold stories behind athletes' achievements. His articles offer readers a captivating glimpse into the world of sports, from the thrill of victory to the dedication and sacrifice required to reach the top.


Inspirational Stories Sports Lifestyle


  • He provides insightful analysis and commentary on the latest sporting events,with a deeper understanding of the strategies & tactics.
  • He explores the off-field lives of athletes.


Bibek Dhoj's passion for sports journalism is rooted in a love of competition and a fascination with the human stories behind athletic achievement. With years of experience covering sports events and personalities, he has honed his skills in research, interviewing, and storytelling, earning accolades for his insightful and engaging articles.

Related articles



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share article

Latest News