Smith Reveals Damage Sustained At UFC Jacksonville
Last night at UFC on ESPN+ 29, Anthony Smith took a beating at the hands of Glover Teixeira. Inside the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, Smith had his teeth falling out of his mouth in a fight that ended via TKO in round five. That ended up being the least of his concerns.
According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Smith (33-15) ended up on the receiving end of an orbital bone fracture as well as a broken nose. He also had a huge cut under his right eye. Regarding his teeth, Smith lost real teeth, not just his veneers. You could see footage of him handing them to referee Jason Herzog during the fight.
It appeared at first that it would be a back and forth affair. Following the second, however, it looked like Smith was slowing down. Rounds three and four were considered 10-8 rounds by the judges in favor of Teixeria, who hit several hooks to the face of Smith. Down on the floor, Teixeira hit elbows and shots that had Smith bleeding by the ears. It was during this time that Smith’s teeth came out.
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At several points, the referee or his corner could have stopped the fight. Social media was criticizing the latter for not doing so. Smith ended up stating the following to Helwani in regards to keeping the fight going:
“I’m good with the decisions the referee and my corner made. When the ref made it clear he needed to see something or he was gonna stop it, I did what I had to do to stay in the fight. I come out of battle with my shield or I come out on it. That’s my rule. Period.”
Fighters from the UFC also added their two cents, as well as UFC President Dana White. He ended up not agreeing with the decision and thought something should have been done.