Anthony Smith Says He Is Not A Victim Following UFC Jacksonville Loss

Anthony Smith is appreciative of people expressing their concern but he wants to make it clear that he’s no victim. Smith took on Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC Jacksonville on May 13. It was “Lionheart’s” first bout s…

Anthony Smith is appreciative of people expressing their concern but he wants to make it clear that he’s no victim. Smith took on Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC Jacksonville on May 13. It was “Lionheart’s” first bout since June 2019. While Smith was the favorite going into the bout, Teixeira pulled off […]

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Anthony Smith Would’ve Fired His Corner For Throwing In The Towel Against Glover Teixeira

Anthony SmithLight-heavyweight contender Anthony Smith has revealed his corner are under strict instructions to never throw in the towel and have been told they will not be a part of his team if they ever decided to try save him in a fight. Smith was on the wrong end of a brutal beatdown against Glover Teixeira […]

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Light-heavyweight contender Anthony Smith has revealed his corner are under strict instructions to never throw in the towel and have been told they will not be a part of his team if they ever decided to try save him in a fight.

Smith was on the wrong end of a brutal beatdown against Glover Teixeira suffering a long list of injuries including the loss of teeth before referee Jason Herzog stepped in to stop the fight in the fifth and final round. Since the fight, the ‘Lionheart’ corner has come under criticism for failing to pull their fighter out despite the fact he was visibly done fighting and unable to win.

Speaking to ESPN Smith revealed his corner stepping in to save him was never really an option as they face the sack for making such a move, he said.

“I feel bad because they’re in a tough spot. I don’t know if they wanted to stop it or if they thought about it. But, I take that option away from them. Before any of this ever happened, before anything, I took that option away a long time ago. If you want to sit in my corner, that’s my rule. You don’t stop the fight. Leave it in my hands. Don’t take it out of my hands. So, I’ve told them before, if you stop the fight, if you throw the towel in, you can go ahead and walk back to the locker room by yourself because I’ll never stand by you again.

“I don’t need liabilities in my corner. The way that I fight, I end up in shitty spots sometimes. And that’s just how it goes. Most of the time, I’ve been able to come back and win. And sometimes, you can’t. Sometimes you just run out of time, and sometimes it’s just too high of a hill to climb,” Anthony Smith continued. “But, I don’t need those liabilities. I don’t need to be getting to bad spots, working my ass off to try to get to a better position, and constantly have in the back of my head worrying that my corners gonna step in and not give me the opportunity.

“Whether they did or didn’t it didn’t matter. That’s the rule. We don’t stop fights, that’s it. There are a lot of people that is on and that is the referee and the doctor. There’s a reason those people have a job. That’s their job. If he thought that it needed to be stopped, then that’s on him. If the doctor thinks that I can’t continue, then that’s on him.That’s his job, that’s what he went to school for that’s what he’s being paid for. I’m paying them [my corner]  to help me win fights. I don’t need them constantly in the back of their head worrying about how much damage I’m taking. That’s not their job, they are paid to help me win fights, that’s it.”

What do you make of Anthony Smith claiming he would fire his team for stopping one of his fights?

Anthony Smith Says His Rule With Cornermen Is Never Throwing In The Towel

Anthony Smith claims he wouldn’t hesitate to ditch his cornermen if they ever stop one of his fights. A lot has been made over Smith’s fifth-round TKO loss to Glover Teixeira. Many believe the fight should’ve been stopped sooner. &#82…

Anthony Smith claims he wouldn’t hesitate to ditch his cornermen if they ever stop one of his fights. A lot has been made over Smith’s fifth-round TKO loss to Glover Teixeira. Many believe the fight should’ve been stopped sooner. “Lionheart’s” corner took serious heat as they didn’t throw in the towel after Smith told them […]

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Glover Teixeira ‘Bothered’ By Damage Inflicted On Anthony Smith

TeixeiraMany fans cringed at the damage Anthony Smith took at the hands of Glover Teixeira at UFC Jacksonville last week. Even Teixeira was a little bothered by it. Teixeira made it four wins in a row following his fifth-round TKO win over Smith. In the process, “Lionheart” lost some teeth, suffered a broken nose, broken […]

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Many fans cringed at the damage Anthony Smith took at the hands of Glover Teixeira at UFC Jacksonville last week. Even Teixeira was a little bothered by it.

Teixeira made it four wins in a row following his fifth-round TKO win over Smith. In the process, “Lionheart” lost some teeth, suffered a broken nose, broken orbital as well as a cut under his eye.

However, the fight could have been stopped much earlier especially given the damage the Brazilian inflicted on Smith over the course of three rounds.

Some laid blame on referee Jason Herzog — who has since apologized for the late stoppage — while others believe Smith’s corner was at fault for not throwing in the towel earlier.

Teixeira: This Never Happened To Me Before

Regardless of who was at fault, the damage inflicted on Smith left a sour taste in Teixeira’s mouth.

“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,” Teixeira said in an interview with Ag Fight (via Bloody Elbow). “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. 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.”

What do you make of Teixeira’s response?

Glover Teixeira’s Coach Says Referee ‘Did A Great Job’ In Anthony Smith Bout

Glover Teixeira’s coach John Hackleman believes referee Jason Herzog did a great job reffing the fight against Anthony Smith. In the main UFC Jacksonville, Teixeira was taking on Smith where he won by fifth-round TKO. Yet, after the event, many c…

Glover Teixeira’s coach John Hackleman believes referee Jason Herzog did a great job reffing the fight against Anthony Smith. In the main UFC Jacksonville, Teixeira was taking on Smith where he won by fifth-round TKO. Yet, after the event, many complained about the lack of stoppage saying Smith’s corner and the ref let him down […]

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Anthony Smith Calls Jason Herzog’s Apology A ‘Coward Move’

SmithAnthony Smith did not seem to appreciate referee Jason Herzog’s apology. Smith suffered a fifth-round TKO defeat to Glover Teixeira in the UFC Jacksonville headliner earlier this week. However, for many observers, the fight could have been stopped sooner with “Lionheart” taking plenty of damage over the course of three rounds. Herzog — refereeing the […]

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Anthony Smith did not seem to appreciate referee Jason Herzog’s apology.

Smith suffered a fifth-round TKO defeat to Glover Teixeira in the UFC Jacksonville headliner earlier this week. However, for many observers, the fight could have been stopped sooner with “Lionheart” taking plenty of damage over the course of three rounds.

Herzog — refereeing the fight — came under criticism but it was Smith’s corner, more so, who received the bulk of it as they allowed him to continue fighting rather than throwing the towel.

Smith had since responded urging people to stop focusing on his corner but Herzog decided to apologize for a seemingly late stoppage of the fight.

Smith: Herzog Apology Was Cowardly

While watching UFC Florida last night, Smith sarcastically commented on the referee allowing the main event to play out despite both Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris taking quite a bit of damage.

“Trying to watch fights from the eyes of other ppl tonight… one guys is hitting another guy a bunch. Is this where we start calling for the ref and corners to step in? Also, what point do we get “disgusted” ?”

When a fan responded about Herzog’s apology, Smith let everyone know what his thoughts on it were.

“Coward move on his part, in my opinion.”

Smith seems to be alluding that Herzog caved into public pressure rather than sticking to what he felt was right — which was that Smith could have continued no matter how much damage he was taking.

While there certainly is a debate there, there is nothing cowardly about owning up to what Herzog may very well identify as a mistake on second viewing.

What do you make of Smith’s response to Herzog’s apology?