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UFC on ESPN+ 29: Glover Teixeira brutalizes Anthony Smith

Resounding victory makes some fans wonder: What happened to 'Lionheart?'

Glover Teixeira (31-7-0) earned a convincing fifth round TKO victory over Anthony Smith (33-15-0) in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 29.

In fact the victory was so convincing, that many fans are wondering what exactly happened to Anthony Smith after the third round.

The fight started competitively enough, with Smith using an assortment of strikes that bloodied Teixeira’s nose. But the first-round output seemed take the starch out of Smith, who quickly turned into a punching the cast majority of the fight.

Teixeira took control in the second round, then turned on the jets in the third, reigning down strikes that curled the bloodied Smith into a defensive shell for most of the round. It was more of the same in the fourth, with Teixeira using uppercuts to drop Smith and control him on the ground with elbows and strikes, yet Smith’s corner did nothing to save their fighter.

The problem was Smith was intelligently defending himself just enough to prevent referee Jason Herzog from stopping the fight.

Smith cold be heard informing his corner that his teeth were falling out.

The fifth mercifully saw the fight stopped at 1:04 by referee Jason Herzog with Teixeira reigning down strikes in full mount.

By then, the damage was done – literally.

It was another valiant but disappointing performance for Smith, who will almost certainly drop out of the top 5 rankings.

Meanwhile, Teixeira earned his fourth straight victory and generated momentum towards another title shot.

In case you missed the prelims:

CHASE SHERMAN DEF. ISAAC VILLANUEVA VIA TKO (ELBOW AND PUNCHES) R2 0:50

BRIAN KELLEHER DEF. HUNTER AZURE VIA KO (PUNCHES) R2 3:38

OMAR MORALES DEF. GABRIEL BENITEZ VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

SIJARA EUBANKS DEF. SARAH MORAS VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

MAIN CARD

MICHAEL JOHNSON VS. THIAGO MOISES

WINNER: THIAGO MOISES VIA SUBMISSION (ANKLE LOCK) R2 0:25

Andrews Prediction: MICHAEL JOHNSON VIA UD

Andrews: That was impressive. Thiago Moises is for real.

ANDRE ARLOVSKI VS. PHILIPPE LINS 

WINNER: Andrei Arlovski VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Andrews Prediction: ANDREI ARLOVKSI VIA UD

Andrews: The Pitbull continues to chug along.

RAY BORG VS. RICKY SIMON

WINNER: RICKY SIMON VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Andrews Prediction: Ray Borg VIA UD

Andrews: Good win for Simon as Borg had the advantage missing weight.

ALEXANDER HERNANDEZ VS. DREW DOBER 

WINNER: DREW DOBER VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 4:25

Andrews Prediction: DREW DOBER VIA TKO

Andrews: Dober got the upset again.

BEN ROTHWELL VS. OVINCE ST. PREUX

WINNER: BEN ROTHWELL VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Andrews Prediction: OVINCE ST. PREUX VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: OSP ran out of gas. Too little, too late.

MAIN EVENT

#4 ANTHONY SMITH VS. #7 GLOVER TEIXIERA

WINNER: GLOVER TEIXEIRA VIA TKO (STRIKES) R5 1:04

ANDREWS PREDICTION: Anthony Smith VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Wow! Smith started fast, then gassed and then Glover beat him up bad. Good win for Glover.

@kenaiandrews UFC on ESPN+ 29: Glover Teixeira brutalizes Anthony Smith

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.
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