UFC 283 results takeaway: Jamahal Hill proves a worthy champ, Glover Teixeira retires just in time

UFC 283 results takeaway: Jamahal Hill proves a worthy champ, Glover Teixeira retires just in time

UFC 283 results takeaway: Jamahal Hill proves a worthy champ, Glover Teixeira retires just in time

In the first card on Brazilian soil in three years, Saturday’s UFC 283 pay-per-view event had no shortage of fireworks and big moments in Rio de Janeiro.

Along with a pair of marquee-top title fights, the card also featured 17 different Brazilian-born fighters across 15 fights. Legendary light heavyweight Mauricio “Shogun” Rua also bid farewell after a 21-year career ended and retired featherweight king Jose Aldo was moved to tears when it was announced he was would headline the UFC Hall of Fame Class of 2023.

Let’s take a closer look at the main takeaways from the action inside the Octagon.

1. Jamahal Hill won every inch of the UFC light heavyweight title

There was no shortage of criticism for the UFC brass after a December draw between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev for the vacant 205-pound title, which led President Dana White to hastily order Glover Teixeira out of take on the No. 7 ranked hill for the belt. But the extra miles inside the cage that Hill was forced to put on by former champion Teixeira and his level of otherworldly toughness went a long way in making Hill truly feel like the rightful champion when all has been said and done. Hill stayed on his back for the entire first round to set the tone that Teixeira wouldn’t be able to manhandle him to the ground. From there, Hill chipped away on his feet with superb boxing and incredible balance while showing championship stamina in five rounds and passing every test Teixeira had going for him.

It was a mature and groundbreaking performance for a 31-year-old fighter who went largely unheralded despite an 11-1 record. wouldn’t capitulate even though extreme swelling and blood around his eyes compromised his vision and apparently kept himself one punch away from rallying the whole fight. Even though Teixeira rallied to take down Hill in Round 5, slipping on full mount for a brief period, Hill never fell apart and broke down emotionally after the final horn once it became clear that his dreams had come true, though many had so vocally counted it. outside.

2. Glover Teixeira’s post-fight retirement was just in time

Teixeira said so himself after the fight, admitting he’s probably too tough for his own good before confirming that the unanimous decision loss in his third shot at UFC gold would be his last. For a fighter who has already radically redefined his legacy by upending his way to the title at age 42 in 2021, the performance Teixeira last saved against Hill was as memorable and impressive as any of his 33 pro wins. . There was a moment after Round 4, as the cage doctor examined his badly damaged face, Teixeira’s corner would have been justified in throwing in the towel simply to prevent Teixeira from jeopardizing his own eventual retirement. A noted knockout artist who entered a three-fight streak on Saturday, Hill landed the kind of headbutts and powerful right hands that would have finished 99% of the planet, but Teixeira never stopped pressing. in a performance as inspiring as she was crazy. Known for his good heart and demeanor, Teixeira may not achieve the same success usually reserved for Brazilian MMA heroes like Rua, Aldo, Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva or Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, but he belongs on the same table as any one of them depending on what is inside of it. UFC 283 marked the end of one of the most exciting second chapters in MMA history.

3. Brandon Moreno left no doubt as to who won the flyweight title quadrilogy

Despite a chorus of boos and a barrage of trash thrown at him by a pro-Deveison Figueiredo crowd, Moreno managed to put a stop to his historic four-fight rivalry and it wasn’t even that close. Moreno twice escaped legitimate submission attempts by Figueiredo but dominated him in just about every other aspect. Not only did Moreno improve to 2-1-1 against Figueiredo, thus making him the winner of the rivalry, but his two wins were both largely one-sided saves. Even with a late switch after trainer Jason Krause was banned by the UFC amid a gambling scandal, Moreno kept his cool and was clean with his striking. A left hook in round three opened a second cut around Figueiredo’s right eye, which swelled and forced the cage doctor to inspect after the round and advise referee Herb Dean to end in combat. Figueiredo announced he was officially moving up to bantamweight in the post-fight interview, giving Moreno a second chance to build a sustained title reign.

4. Gilbert Burns is still a problem for the welterweight division

Unable to draw Colby Covington or Jorge Masvidal into a big-money fight, Burns opted to stay busy against the always in play Neil Magny. And at 36, sporting a series of youthful curls atop his head, Burns looked like he had a potential second run at a 170-pound title close at hand after dominating Magny en route to a submission at first. round. After battling for three rounds against Khamzat Chimaev in his last outing in a disputed decision loss, Burns focused on his wrestling strength and boldly announced after the victory that there was no other living welterweight he couldn’t do the same against. . Oh yeah, and “Durinho” also added a mic drop moment to close by calling out Covington again.

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