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Glover Teixeira ‘bothered’ by damage he put on Anthony Smith on UFC main event

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Light heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira did not enjoy the beating he put on Anthony Smith.

After a grueling come-from-behind TKO victory against Anthony Smith back on May 13, one could expect light heavyweight veteran to be Glover Teixeira ecstatic about picking up a win in such a manner, but it was not the case.

In an interview with Ag Fight, Teixeira explains he was bothered by the amount of damage he needed to dish out in order to warrant a stoppage from referee Jason Herzog. Once Glover learned Smith not only lost teeth, but also suffered a fractured eye socket and a broken nose, he was not glad to be the one responsible for the injuries.

“When he handed his own tooth to the referee and said: ‘Here, hold my tooth.’, I thought he was going to give up or that he was injured. I was baffled and stopped to see what that was all about. Then he handed the tooth over and I apologized to him, I told him it was part of the job. He told me ‘It is what it is’. He was still in the fight, so I kept trying to finish the fight.”

“That had never happened to me before.” Glover continued. “You always want to win and score a knockout, but we don’t want that. It’s part of the job, but to lose teeth, break a bone, I don’t want anyone to go through that. I was kind of bothered by that, but it’s part of the job.”

With the win, Teixeira (31-7) scored his fourth straight victory. In 2019, he also picked up wins over Karl Roberson, Ion Cutelaba and Nikita Krylov. The 40-year-old’s last loss happened in July 2018, when he dropped a unanimous decision to top contender Corey Anderson.