Jamahal Hill wins the vacant Light Heavyweight Title as Glover Texeira hangs up his boots at UFC 283
In the main event of UFC 283 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jamahal Hill put on an impressive performance, dominating Glover Teixeira and claiming the UFC's vacant light heavyweight title. Hill was declared the winner by unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring the fight 50-44 in his favor.
He opened two significant cuts around each of Teixeira's eyes and left no doubt about the outcome of the match. Despite Teixeira's fabled jiu-jitsu game, Hill was able to survive two ground bouts, one in the second round and another in the fifth, and deal with them calmly.
Hill fell to the ground in tears when the bout ended and was crying as he hugged his coaches even before the scores were read. This was a memorable night for Hill, as he also became the first fighter from "Dana White's Contender Series" to win a UFC championship.
Many who saw the fight were left speechless by Hill's performance. Although he was favored to win by BetMGM, no one expected him to take apart the former champion and one of the elite 205-pounders of this era in such a dominant fashion. Hill was blasting Teixeira with seemingly perfect combinations throughout the fight, and his jab was particularly dominant. He had a significant advantage in strikes landed, with 232-75 and landed 57 percent of his significant strikes. Teixeira was also limited to just 2 out of 17 on his takedown attempts.
Teixeira fought bravely, but Hill was on another level, having an answer for everything Teixeira tried. He is now the man to beat in one of the sport's glamour divisions. Teixeira, on the other hand, announced his retirement after the bout, ending a brilliant career.
“I think I’m too tough for my own health,” Teixeira said. “I can’t keep up anymore. I’m going to focus on [training middleweight champion] Alex [Pereira] on what he’s got to do to keep his belt [before] he goes off to light heavyweight. It’s an honor to put down the gloves on the same night as Shogun [Rua, who retired earlier in the night].”