We have often said, rightfully so, that hockey players are a different breed based on the number of times they just shrug off injuries that would have had the rest of us mere mortals laid up for weeks.
The same can be said about mixed martial artists.
This was more than proven Wednesday night during UFC Fight Night by Anthony Smith during his fight with Glover Teixeira.
Smith, who took a massive beating and lost by TKO in the fifth round, at one point in the fourth round lost a couple of teeth, so he picked them up and handed them to referee Jason Herzog.
That alone is pretty crazy, but what makes it even more insane is that Smith did that with Teixeira on his back raining down blows on his head.
But wait, there’s more.
As Smith was grabbing his teethe and handing them to the referee while being beatdown by Teixeira, Glover actually apologized, telling Smith, “Sorry, Anthony, it’s part of the job.”
To which Smith replied, “Yeah. It is what it is.”
Like I said, a different breed.
Needless to say, there were many who were watching that thought perhaps the fight should have been stopped a little sooner than it was. You know, because Smith’s teeth were falling out of his head.