Dana White says watching Glover Teixeira’s beatdown over Anthony Smith at UFC Jacksonville was a little tough to watch.
Early on, Smith was having a ton of success landing several good shots on the 40-year-old veteran. After the first round, Teixeira had nothing for Smith’s jab and overhand shots. But, as the fight wore on, “Lionheart” started to fade and the Brazilian brought it on him.
In the fourth round, Teixeira dropped Smith after rocking him and landed vicious ground and pound shots. Many thought the fight should’ve been stopped then by the ref, but somehow, Lionheart made it to his stool for the fifth and final round.
For Dana White, he wishes the ref would’ve stopped the fight then. When he didn’t the UFC boss wishes Smith’s corner would’ve thrown in the towel as he says we need more corner stoppages in MMA to save the fighters.
“I do [think we need more corner stoppages],” White said after the event. “I didn’t think his corner was going to let him come out, but that’s between them and their corner. And the ref could’ve stopped that in the fourth, too.”
According to White, he says Daniel Cormier was flipping out at the booth saying the fight should’ve been stopped which White agrees. He also says the final rounds of the fight were tough to watch.
“Us sitting on the outside it was a little tough to watch,” White said. “Cormier was flipping out. Like, flipping out.”
In the end, Glover Teixeira has now extended his winning streak to four and may very well become a top-five light heavyweight. He had a dominating performance over a very tough and durable Anthony Smith and could be one win away from another crack at Jon Jones, which is surprising to see at 40-years-old.
If Teixeira were to face Jones again, would the outcome be any different?
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime