UFC’s Anthony Smith hands his tooth to ref during brutal fight

Before the fight was even referred to as, UFC mild heavyweight Anthony Smith was already choosing up his tooth off the mat and handing it to the referee.

By the time it was lastly stopped and declared a fifth-round TKO for Glover Teixeira Wednesday night time, Smith had a brutal laundry checklist of accidents that left him hospital-bound after UFC Fight Night in Jacksonville.

Smith’s nook is now dealing with criticism for not stopping the fight sooner, after he walked away with a damaged nostril, damaged orbital bone, two lacking tooth and a reduce beneath his proper eye, in accordance to ESPN.

“I’m good with the decisions the referee and my corner made,” Smith told ESPN. “When the ref made it clear he needed to see something or he was gonna stop it, I did what I had to do to stay in the fight. I come out of battle with my shield or I come out on it. That’s my rule. Period.”

At one level during a break within the match, Sm ith may very well be heard telling his nook, “My teeth are falling out.” But there appeared to be some confusion about what that meant. Smith’s coach, Marc Montoya, told ESPN

Smith has veneers which have fallen out in follow earlier than, so it could not have sounded as alarming. According to Smith, although, it was his actual tooth falling out.

“I couldn’t keep my mouthpiece in place due to the missing tooth,” he stated. “I looked down and it was on the canvas. So I grabbed it and handed it to [the referee].”

Smith put his UFC expertise to higher use final month, when he efficiently fought off a house intruder, calling it, “one of the toughest fights I’ve had in my whole life.”