Glover Teixeira’s excursion back to the highest point of the hierarchy in the light heavyweight division is almost finished. The 40-year-old local of Brazil recorded his fourth consecutive win on Wednesday by giving out a savage beating to Anthony Smith before the battle was tolerantly halted in Round 5 of their headliner at UFC Fight Night in Jacksonville, Florida.
The second of three battle cards in eight evenings for the UFC before a void Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena highlighted a matching of previous title challengers who recently came up void against champion Jon Jones. Teixeira (31-7), who dropped a 2014 choice to Jones, may now be one more win away from a rematch subsequent to depending on his capacity, timing and experience to destroy Smith.
“It’s not how you hit, it’s the way hard you get hit and continue approaching,” Teixeira said. “That is what it’s everything about, infant.”
Teixeira experienced difficulty with the faster and more youthful Smith (33-14) over the initial two adjusts before apparently energizing to hurt Smith in the end snapshots of Round 2. The following two rounds transformed into an uneven beatdown as Teixeira was routinely ready to drop Smith yet flopped in numerous endeavors to complete him on the ground by not being sufficiently dynamic and investing an excess of energy pointlessly looking for entries.
Smith, 31, who got hammered in taking care of business while testing Jones in 2018, indicated a comparably solid jawline and will to continue battling regardless of losing teeth and suffering awful growing all over. Be that as it may, his corner seemed to act careless by sending Smith out for Round 5 in spite of his non-verbal communication proposing he was a completed contender.
It didn’t take long for Teixeira to drop Smith again in the last round before increasing full mount lastly flurrying enough with clean punches to give arbitrator Jason Herzog enough motivation to bounce in.
“I was trusting [Smith would slow down],” Teixeira said. “The person hits like a truck however I moved my head a ton. I prepared so hard.”
Teixeira reshaped his body in the course of recent years and made the important changes in accordance with score a trio of triumphs in 2019 and revive himself.
“I have needed to do a few changes, obviously. I needed to go to UFC [Performance Institute] and learn new weight control plans,” Teixeira said. “You need to open your psyche and search for help when things begin turning out badly, and that is the thing that I did. Here I am, child, and I’m going on another run for that title.”
Smith, who bounced back from the Jones misfortune by resigning Alexander Gustafsson through accommodation a year ago, entered the battle on a 10-month cutback following a couple of medical procedures on his correct hand. He additionally endure a startling home intrusion in April that he depicted as “the hardest battle” of his vocation in the wake of repressing the interloper.
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UFC Fight Night: Smith versus Teixeira card results
Glover Teixeira def. Anthony Smith by means of fifth-round TKO (strikes)
Ben Rothwell def. Ovince Saint Preux by means of split choice (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Drew Dober def. Alexander Hernandez by means of second-round TKO (punches)
Ricky Simon def. Beam Borg by means of split choice (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Andrei Arlovksi def. Philipe Lins by means of consistent choice (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Thiago Moises def. Michael Johnson by means of second-round accommodation (heel snare)
Sijara Eubanks def. Sarah Moras by means of consistent choice (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Omar Morales def. Gabriel Benitez by means of consistent choice (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Brian Kelleher def. Tracker Azure by means of second-round TKO (strikes)
Pursue Sherman def. Ike Villanueva by means of second-round TKO (strikes)