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Anthony Smith says he lost his real teeth in UFC Jacksonville loss to Glover Teixeira

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This runs counter to his coach’s claim that his veneers fell out.

UFC Fight Night: Smith v Teixeira Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

UFC light heavyweight contender Anthony Smith started well against Glover Teixeira in Wednesday’s UFC Jacksonville main event, but it all fell apart late in round two and snowballed into prolonged punishment.

Smith lost by fifth-round TKO but there are solid arguments to be made that it should’ve ended a round sooner than that, if not when he was dropped in the third-round. At the end of round four, he told his corner that his teeth fell out, something his coach Marc Montoya later brushed off as just his veneers.

Since then, Smith has revealed to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that among his laundry list of injuries from Wednesday, he did have his actual teeth knocked out and handed them to referee Jason Herzog.

There has been much outrage over his corner’s unwillingness to stop the fight, as well as Herzog’s own decision to let the one-sided beating last longer than was clearly necessary. As expected, “Lionheart” took no issue with either his corner or Herzog, as he’s one of many fighters who will always want to go out on their shield, so to speak.