"I think no fans being there actually helped him a little bit because ... he was dropped in that 2nd round and typically, Gaethje comes out in the 3rd round, guns blazing, trying to get that one back."
"If he would've went down, the crowd would've went crazy. He would've felt that energy and that momentum swing."
"His coach was able to bring him back in and settle him down, get him calm and get him back focused on the task, back to the game plan."
"I think that would of been harder to do with feeding off the crowd, the energy of the crowd."
Of course, Gaethje got the victory that night. Smith will hope to follow his lead Wednesday night.