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Anthony Smith tells people to stop worrying in first statement since brutal UFC Jacksonville loss

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Anthony Smith at a UFC Fight Night event in Jacksonville, Fla., on Wednesday
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Anthony Smith hears the chatter, he’s just not worrying about it. And he doesn’t think anyone else should either.

Following a lopsided loss to Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC Jacksonville on Wednesday, Smith’s team faced plenty of scrutiny from fans and media who questioned whether his corner should have stepped in to save their fighter, who became increasingly battered as the bout progressed. After round four, Smith was heard on the broadcast telling his corner that his teeth were falling out.

The fight ended 1:04 into round five when referee Jason Herzog waved off the bout following another series of unanswered strikes from Teixeira. Herzog has also received criticism for the timing of the stoppage.

On Thursday, Smith (32-15) posted a message to Instagram addressing the controversy, along with an image of himself and one of his children.

Everyone is arguing about good stop, bad stop, bad corner, good corner...blah blah blah. I’m still winning. I’m good, and I’m exactly where i need to be, doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. All that time spent worrying about me needs to be spent somewhere a little more productive.

In regards to the stoppage and his corner’s responsibility, Smith simply wrote “blah blah blah” and added “I’m still winning. I’m good, and I’m exactly where I need to be, doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing.”

He implored others not to be overly concerned with how the events played out, writing, “All that time spent worrying about me needs to be spent somewhere a little more productive.”

Smith, 31, was competing for the first time since defeating Alexander Gustafsson by fourth-round submission last June. He has now lost two of his last three, having dropped a unanimous decision to light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 235.

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