Vintage Glover Teixeira was still a sight to behold.
The former Shooto Brazil titleholder weathered serious adversity and continued his unlikely resurgence in the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight division, as he dispatched Anthony Smith with punches in the fifth round of their UFC Fight Night 171 headliner on Wednesday at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
Smith (33-15, 8-5 UFC) met his end 64 seconds into Round 5, having absorbed the kind of beating that can shave years off of a career.
The twists and turns of the main event
Not all went according to plan for Teixeira (31-7, 14-5 UFC). Smith pushed a ridiculous pace through two rounds, had the Brazilian in trouble more than once and connected with an overhand right that had Teixeira’s left eye on the verge of swelling shut. However, the output proved unsustainable. As fatigue set in, Teixeira seized control. The 40 year old forced Smith into survival mode in the third round, where he followed a right uppercut at close range with a sweeping left hook that floored “Lionheart” at the base of the cage. Teixeira swarmed for a finish, achieved full mount and hammered away with ground-and-pound for what felt like an eternity.
Round 4 offered more of the same. Teixeira cut loose with a volley of uppercuts, forced Smith to dive on a takedown out of desperation and Glover assumed top position, at which point the abuse continued. Smith was a shell of himself by the time the fifth round was underway. Teixeira ducked in for a takedown, moved to full mount and let go with punches to prompt the stoppage, but the fight should’ve been stopped much sooner in many peoples opinion. He shouldn’t have been allowed out for the fifth round, Anthony Smith’s corner should’ve pulled him out of the fight.
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