Let’s put it this way, the UFC isn’t exactly known for manners.
There’s little room for kind-heartedness in a sport which requires you to beat up your opponent.
Usually, fighters accompany their physical onslaughts with tirades of verbal abuse, but it seems Glover Teixeira didn’t get the memo.
During his victory over Anthony Smith on Wednesday night, the Brazilian took the unusually courteous move of apologising to his opponent while he dished out punishment.
In a bizarre change of pace, Teixeira said: “Sorry Anthony, it’s part of the job.”
Smith, who lost his veneers, two actual teeth, fractured his eye socket and broke his nose during the fight, replied: “Yeah, it is what it is.”
It was a rare touching moment from a sport which typically makes headlines for the opposite reasons.
To give one example, Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have shared one of the nastiest verbal feuds in UFC history.
Khabib, in total contrast to Teixeira, shouted ‘Talk now, chicken’ while pummelling McGregor into submission at UFC 229, though the Irishman did reach out to his rival’s family when he learned Khabib’s dad was in a coma in Russia.
Wednesday’s Fight Night in Jacksonville was the second of three planned UFC events in the space of a week, as president Dana White continues to defy the coronavirus pandemic.
Teixeira was victorious in the main event, stopping Smith in the fifth round of an entertaining spectacle.