Glover Teixeira ‘s journey again to the highest of the pecking order within the mild heavyweight division is sort of full. The 40-year-old native of Brazil recorded his fourth straight win on Wednesday by handing out a savage beating to Anthony Smith earlier than the battle was mercifully stopped in Round 5 of their essential occasion at UFC Battle Night time in Jacksonville, Florida.
The second of three combat cards in eight nights for the UFC in entrance of an empty Vystar Veterans Memorial Enviornment featured a pairing of former title challengers who beforehand got here up empty in opposition to champion Jon Jones. Glover Teixeira (31-7), who dropped a 2014 determination to Jones, might now be yet another win away from a rematch after counting on his energy, timing and expertise to dismantle Smith.
“It is not the way you hit, it is how arduous you get hit and preserve coming ahead,” Glover Teixeira mentioned. “That is what it is all about, child.”
Teixeira had hassle with the faster and youthful Smith (33-14) over the primary two rounds earlier than seemingly rallying to harm Smith within the closing moments of Round 2. The subsequent two rounds become a one-sided beatdown as Teixeira was routinely in a position to drop Smith however failed in a number of makes an attempt to complete him on the bottom by not being lively sufficient and spending an excessive amount of time fruitlessly searching for submissions.
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Smith, 31, who took a beating in going the gap whereas difficult Jones in 2018, confirmed a equally robust chin and can to maintain combating regardless of shedding tooth and enduring dangerous swelling on his face. However his nook appeared to behave reckless by sending Smith out for Spherical 5 regardless of his physique language suggesting he was a completed fighter.
It did not take lengthy for Teixeira to drop Smith once more within the ultimate spherical earlier than gaining full mount and eventually flurrying sufficient with clear punches to offer referee Jason Herzog sufficient cause to leap in.
“I hoped [Smith would slow down],” Glover Teixeira mentioned. “The man hits like a truck however I moved my head so much. I skilled so arduous.”
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Teixeira reshaped his physique over the previous two years and made the required changes to attain a trio of victories in 2019 and rejuvenate himself.
“I’ve needed to do some modifications, in fact. I needed to go to UFC [Performance Institute] and study new diets,” Teixeira mentioned. “It’s a must to open your thoughts and search for assist when issues begin going fallacious, and that is what I did. Right here I’m, child, and I am occurring one other run for that title.”
Smith, who rebounded from the Jones loss by retiring Alexander Gustafsson through submission final yr, entered the battle on a 10-month layoff following a pair of surgical procedures on his proper hand. He additionally survived a scary dwelling invasion in April that he described as “the hardest battle” of his profession after subduing the intruder.