Anthony Smith lose his TEETH during Glover Teixeira before ‘Lionheart’ taken to hospital
Anthony Smith was immediately rushed to hospital after his one-sided beating at the hands of UFC veteran Glover Teixeira.
The light-heavyweight main event in Florida pitted Smith against the veteran, with both men having lost to Jon Jones in the past, but it was Teixeira who delivered a brutal clinic.
‘Lionheart’ could be heard telling his corner team his ‘teeth were falling out’ as a result of Teixeira’s strikes and this was later confirmed.
According to ESPN reporter Ariel Helwani, Smith lost front and back teeth and it meant his mouthpiece could no longer stay in place.
Smith said: “I couldn’t keep my mouthpiece in due to the missing tooth. I looked down and it was on the canvas.
“So I grabbed it and handed it to him.”
UFC President Dana White admitted in his post-fight press conference he was surprised Smith’s corner let him continue after the gruesome injury.
“First of all, Teixeira looked great. He’s in the best shape I’ve seen him in in a long time. Smith [was] tough, durable like we know he is,” White said on the ESPN+ post-fight show. “I thought the corner wouldn’t let him come out for the fifth round. He was spitting his teeth out.
“I’m no doctor, but I would bet anything he’s got a broken orbital. Every time he got hit, he would react to it and turn away. I thought his corner wouldn’t let him go out for the fifth.”
But Daniel Cormier, who was octagon-side on commentary duty, was disappointed in the corner team for letting their fighter continue at all.
He wrote on Twitter: “I would have stopped the fight, corner could have saved their guy from getting finished. Some mistakes in that corner tonight. And I love those guys!
“Too much instruction, no crowd to filter it. Anthony Smith is a savage, but props to @gloverteixeira on big victory.”
He was taken to hospital, with it later being confirmed he has suffered a broken nose, a broken orbital bone and may needs stitches for a cut under his eye – as well as a hefty dental bill.
The moment Smith handed said mouth guard with his teeth in it to referee Jason Herzog was caught on camera, with Teixeira piling on the pressure.
The 40-year-old is continuing his career resurgence at 205lbs and looked unstoppable throughout all five rounds before the fight was eventually called off.