Jamahal Hill walked little by little toward his corner, and in a moment, the realization arrived to him: He had just become a UFC champion.
Hill defeat Glover Teixeira by way of unanimous final decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-44) in the principal occasion of UFC 283 on Saturday evening in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to earn the vacant mild heavyweight title.
Hill, staying embraced by his coaches, commenced crying and then yelling ahead of the choice was even browse by ring announcer Bruce Buffer simply because he won in this sort of dominant vogue. He blasted Teixeira for five rounds with wicked punching mixtures and head kicks, bloodying the former titleholder.
Hill landed 232 substantial strikes, a new file for a UFC light heavyweight combat, in contrast with 75 for Teixeira. He had a 248-108 edge in whole strikes.
“Anything at all is feasible,” Hill mentioned in his postfight job interview. “Difficult work, devotion, accountability. You should not let nobody tell you almost nothing. Much too several people today informed me I could not do it, that it was extremely hard. I required to do it in one particular round. I could not go five. What the f— you obtained to say now?”
Afterward, Teixeira, who has been a person of the most effective 205-pound fighters in the earth for nicely around a ten years, announced his retirement immediately after 21 years as a professional fighter.
This bout was place alongside one another speedily in the minutes immediately after UFC 282 previous month when a vacant title struggle among Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev went to a break up draw. Jiri Prochazka relinquished the belt in November, prior to what would have been a December fight with Teixeira because of to a poor shoulder injury.
Coming in, ESPN had Teixeira at No. 2 and Hill at No. 8 in the planet at mild heavyweight.
Hill harm Teixeira poorly in the second and third rounds with head kicks and difficult punching mixtures. Teixeira, although, stored marching forward the full way inspite of two nasty cuts more than the two of his eyes. Teixeira even landed a takedown in the fifth round and experienced results from major placement. But Hill was equipped to sweep and then get up, landing much more punishment to Teixeira.
“The dude is difficult as bricks, gentleman,” Hill explained. “I never know anybody who can just take what I throw and continue to keep heading. … I heard [referee] Marc [Goddard] say maintain combating. Goddammit, he is.”
Hill (12-1, 1 NC) has received 4 straight fights. The Chicago native, who trains out of Michigan, experienced completed 4 out of his five UFC wins coming in by using KO/TKO. Hill, 31, stopped Thiago Santos via fourth-spherical TKO in his most current bout last August.
Teixeira (33-9) dropped the UFC mild heavyweight title to Prochazka at UFC 275 last June in the very best fight of 2022. The Brazilian-born fighter, who life and trains in Connecticut, was on a 6-combat profitable streak right before that reduction. Teixeira, 43, grew to become the oldest initially-time winner in UFC historical past when he defeat Blachowicz to acquire the belt at UFC 267 in October 2021.
In his postfight job interview, Teixeira stated he noticed the Brazilian group toss matters at UFC flyweight winner Brandon Moreno before in the night immediately after Moreno defeat Brazilian fighter Deiveson Figueiredo. Teixeira asked the group not to do the exact factor to Hill.
“I’m going to stroll again with him,” Teixeira stated. “I want you to respect him. He’s the winner.”