UFC 283: Jamahal Hill dismantles Glover Teixeira, wins light heavyweight championship

UFC 283: Jamahal Hill dismantles Glover Teixeira, wins light heavyweight championship

Jamahal Hill defeated Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 283 via unanimous decision to win the light heavyweight championship Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro. The title is the 31-year-old’s first career belt. All three judges’ scorecards read 50-44.

The fight was nearly called off after the fourth round following a barrage of heavy shots from Hill. Hill rocked Teixeira multiple times in the second, third and fourth rounds, weaponizing a variety of strikes.

In the fifth, Teixeira landed the coveted takedown he was seeking all night, but Hill’s vastly improved ground game neutralized Teixeira’s submission efforts and got the fight back to the feet.

Hill held the clear striking advantage throughout the entire bout, picking apart Teixeira from the opening minute and landing sharp jabs, uppercuts and hooks. The respected striker surprised Teixeira with a mix of head kicks as well, a tool he had not shown previously.

The 43-year-old Teixeira was making his first appearance since losing the belt to Jiří Procházka at UFC 275. His strategy from the first round was clearly to get Hill to the ground, but the size of the 6-foot-4 Hill made that a near impossibility for the Brazilian submission expert. By the end of the third round, Hill had defended 13 of Teixeira’s 14 takedown attempts, including all seven in the first round.

The stand-up barrage began in earnest in the second round, where Hill rocked Teixeira and opened a cut by the former champion’s eye. That was followed up with a near-identical scene in the third.

With the title, Hill becomes the first fighter from Dana White’s Contender Series to win a championship.

After the fight, Teixeira announced his retirement after a 42-fight career spanning nearly 21 years. The Brazilian strung together six consecutive wins from 2019 to 2021 to win his first championship at UFC 267.

In the co-main event, Brandon Moreno defeated Deiveson Figueiredo to earn the flyweight championship, his second reign in the division of his career. Moreno earned the victory after a doctor’s stoppage following the third round.

Moreno controlled much of the fight’s first 15 minutes, earning takedowns each round and controlling the stand-up game. The broadcast later announced that all three judges had the fight scored two rounds to one in favor of Moreno.

In the third, Moreno connected with a left hook, which grazed Figueiredo’s eye, and then immediately followed up with a sharp right. While Figueiredo looked to the referee to protest, Moreno completed his takedown and finished the round by landing a hard ground-and-pound.

In between rounds, Figueiredo’s eye completely swelled shut, forcing the ringside doctor to call it off. The victory closed out the fourth consecutive title fight between the pair. Moreno earned two wins in the rivalry, while Figueiredo earned one after the initial title fight ended in a majority draw.

After the fight, Figueiredo announced that he would be leaving the flyweight division and moving up to bantamweight.

(Top photo: Buda Mendes / Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

(Middle photo: Buda Mendes / Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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