Anthony Smith suffered the worst lack of his MMA profession earlier this week when Glover Teixeira completed “Lionheart” through fifth-round TKO at UFC Jacksonville (highlights HERE).
Not solely did Smith lose the principle occasion bout after firing on all cylinders within the first few rounds however he ended up strolling away with critical injury. From having his tooth knocked out to a damaged orbital bone, Smith sustained large punishment by the hands of Teixeira.
Because of the injury, Smith’s nook has been ridiculed fairly a bit by the MMA neighborhood for not chucking up the sponge and saving “Lionheart” from an pointless fifth spherical. Smith ended up supporting his nook’s determination as effectively however the aftermath was too ugly to dismiss.
Smith has now taken to social media to supply his first official assertion following his loss to Teixeira earlier this week. “Lionheart” posted the next message together with a photograph of him and his daughter.
“Everyone seems to be arguing about good cease, unhealthy cease, unhealthy nook, good nook…blah blah blah. I’m nonetheless profitable. I’m good, and I’m precisely the place i have to be, doing precisely what I’m purported to be doing. All that point spent worrying about me must be spent someplace somewhat extra productive,” wrote Smith.
Smith could also be proper in regards to the world having bigger points to fret about today, however battle followers couldn’t assist focus on his loss at UFC Jacksonville as a consequence of its vicious nature. “Lionheart” has develop into one of the crucial well-rounded fighters on the UFC roster over the previous few years and we’re merely not used to seeing him get beat up like that, even when he confronted Jon Jones for the UFC gentle heavyweight title.
Nonetheless, Smith appears to be in good spirits and across the individuals who matter most to him. Hopefully he’s capable of make a full restoration and repair the issues that plagued him towards Teixeira.
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