Jamahal Hill walked slowly towards his nook, and in a second, the conclusion got here to him: He had simply develop into a UFC champion.
Hill beat Glover Teixeira by way of unanimous determination (50-44, 50-44, 50-44) in the primary occasion of UFC 283 on Saturday evening in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to win the vacant mild heavyweight title.
Hill, being embraced by his coaches, began crying after which yelling earlier than the choice was even learn by ring announcer Bruce Buffer, as a result of he gained in dominant vogue. He blasted Teixeira for 5 rounds with depraved punching combos and head kicks, bloodying the previous titleholder.
“Something is feasible,” Hill stated in his postfight interview. “Laborious work, dedication, accountability. Do not let no one let you know nothing. Too many individuals advised me I could not do it, that it was unattainable. I wanted to do it in a single spherical. I could not go 5. What the f— you bought to say now?”
Afterward, Teixeira, who has been among the finest 205-pound fighters on this planet for effectively over a decade, introduced his retirement after 21 years as a professional fighter. Teixeira will finish his profession with essentially the most finishes (13) and most submissions (7) in UFC mild heavyweight historical past.
“I feel I am too robust for my very own good, too robust for my very own well being,” Teixeira stated.
This bout was put collectively rapidly within the minutes after UFC 282 final month when a vacant title battle between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev went to a cut up draw. Jiri Prochazka relinquished the belt in November, previous to what would have been a December battle with Teixeira resulting from a nasty shoulder damage.
Jamahal Hill’s dominance of Glover Teixeira included 232 vital strikes, a brand new document for a UFC mild heavyweight battle. Picture by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC by way of Getty Photos
Coming in, ESPN had Teixeira at No. 2 and Hill at No. 8 on this planet at mild heavyweight.
Hill harm Teixeira badly within the second and third rounds with head kicks and arduous punching combos. Teixeira, although, stored marching ahead the entire approach regardless of two nasty cuts over each of his eyes. Teixeira even landed a takedown within the fifth spherical and had success from high place. However Hill was in a position to sweep after which stand up, touchdown extra punishment to Teixeira.
Hill landed a UFC mild heavyweight document 232 vital strikes, the fifth-most ever landed in a UFC battle. Teixeira landed simply 75 vital strikes. “The dude is hard as bricks, man,” Hill stated. “I do not know anyone who can take what I throw and preserve going. … I heard [referee] Marc [Goddard] say preserve preventing. Goddammit, he’s.”
Hill (12-1, 1 NC) has gained 4 straight fights. The Chicago native, who trains out of Michigan, had completed 4 out of his 5 UFC wins coming in by way of KO/TKO. Hill, 31, stopped Thiago Santos by way of fourth-round TKO in his most up-to-date bout final August. He’s the primary Dana White’s Contender Collection alum to win a UFC title.
Teixeira (33-9) dropped the sunshine heavyweight title to Prochazka at UFC 275 final June in the most effective battle of 2022. The Brazilian-born fighter, who lives and trains in Connecticut, was on a six-fight profitable streak earlier than that loss. Teixeira, 43, turned the oldest first-time champion in UFC historical past when he beat Blachowicz to win the belt at UFC 267 in October 2021.
In his postfight interview, Teixeira stated he noticed the Brazilian crowd throw issues at UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno earlier within the evening after Moreno beat Brazilian fighter Deiveson Figueiredo. Teixeira requested the gang to not do the identical factor to Hill. “I’ll stroll again with him,” Teixeira stated. “I need you to respect him. He is the champion.”