Anthony Smith, Paulie Malignaggi
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UFC legend Michael Bisping has issued a passionate response following Anthony Smith’s defeat by the hands of Glover Teixeira on Wednesday evening.

Whereas he began off effectively within the gentle heavyweight essential occasion, “Lionheart” was unable to beat the expertise of Teixeira and proceeded to undergo a one-sided battering that would alter the trajectory of his total combined martial arts profession.

Many followers and pundits questioned each the referee and Smith’s nook for his or her incapability to acknowledge simply how a lot harm Smith had endured.

On the ESPN+ post-fight present, Michael Bisping made his emotions on the matter fairly clear.

“I like Anthony Smith,” Bisping stated. “He works with us. He’s part of the workforce. Could the very best man win, and that’s how I really felt. However watching it there tonight, I used to be like, ‘My phrase, cease this battle.’ Both the nook and referee wants to do that. I like MMA, however we’ve acquired to catch as much as boxing with reference to stopping the battle.”

Quotes courtesy of MMA Preventing

Michael Bisping, Jon Jones

Bisping has been in his justifiable share of wars over time, however anybody who watched that essential occasion battle between Smith and Teixeira may clearly see the pink flags. Smith seemed to be completely happy sufficient together with his nook within the speedy aftermath of the end result, but it surely’ll be fascinating to see whether or not or not that development continues as soon as he begins participating in some interviews with the media.

Teixeira, however, has been in a position to put himself ready the place he’s just one massive win away from one other shot at Jon Jones. A couple of years in the past that may’ve appeared moderately unlikely, however in a division as unpredictable as gentle heavyweight, it’s laborious to inform who’s going to stand up by the ranks on a month to month foundation.