UFC Fight Night results: What Jon Jones said about Anthony Smith after Teixeira loss
UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has mocked Anthony Smith for his performance against Glover Teixeira. Nebraska’s Smith locked horns with the Brazilian early on Thursday morning in the main event of UFC Fight Night 175 in Jacksonville, Florida.
‘Lionheart’ entered his showdown with Teixiera, which was originally meant to take place last month, looking to continue his journey back to a rematch with Jones – whom he lost to in March 2019.
In the build-up to the fight, the No.4-ranked Smith was confident an impressive showing would put him within touching distance of a second crack at the light-heavyweight title.
His pursuit of a rematch with Jones, however, suffered a monumental blow at the hands of Teixeira, who stopped him in the fifth round of their meeting at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.
After dominating the first round-and-a-half, Smith’s energy tank began to dwindle and he soon found himself on the receiving end of some brutal shots from Teixeira.
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It seems like almost everyone who trash talk me during their fight week ends up losing
The tide well and truly turned in the third round when Teixeira landed a huge uppercut before sending Smith crashing to the canvas, where he mixed ferocious ground-and-pound with submission attempts.
In truth, either referee Jason Herzog or a member of Smith’s corner should’ve called a halt to proceedings after the third round.
As he often does, Jones kept a close eye on his divisional rivals’ meeting behind closed doors.
And to say he was less than impressed with Smith’s performance would be somewhat of an understatement.
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He tweeted: “It seems like almost everyone who trash talk me during their fight week ends up losing.
“These boys thinking about being the champ instead of focusing on what it takes to get there.”
Jones proceeded that tweet with several others, one of which read: “Anthony Smith talking about outlasting me to become a world champion, N***o please.”
UFC Fight Night 175 results
Anthony Smith vs Glover Teixeira – Teixeira def. Smith via TKO (punches) Round 5, 1:05
Ben Rothwell vs Ovince St. Preux – Rothwell def. Saint Preux via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Alexander Hernandez vs Drew Dober – Dober def. Hernandez via TKO (punches) Round 2, 4:25
Ricky Simon vs Ray Borg – Simon def. Borg via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Andrei Arlovski vs Philipe Lins – Arlovski def. Lins via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Michael Johnson vs Thiago Moises – Moises def. Johnson via submission (heel hook) Round 2, 0:25
Sijara Eubanks vs Sarah Moras – Eubanks def. Moras via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Gabriel Benitez vs Omar Antonio Morales Ferrer – Morales def. Benitez via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Hunter Azure vs Brian Kelleher – Kelleher def. Azure via TKO (punches), Round 2, 3:38
Chase Sherman vs Issac Villanueva – Sherman def. Villanueva via TKO (elbow and punches), Round 2, 0:50
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