UFC 283 results, takeaways: Jamahal Hill proves worthy champion, Glover Teixeira retires just in time

UFC 283 results, takeaways: Jamahal Hill proves worthy champion, Glover Teixeira retires just in time

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

Along with a pair of marquee title bouts, the card also featured 17 different Brazilian-born fighters in 15 fights. Legendary heavyweight Mauricio “Shogun” Rua also said goodbye after a 21-year career and retired featherweight king Jose Aldo was brought to tears cageside when it was announced he would headline the UFC 2023 Hall of Fame class.

Let’s look at the biggest takeaways from the action inside the Octagon.

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

There was no shortage of criticism of UFC brass after a December draw between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev for the vacant 205-pound title, president Dana White promptly ordered Glover Teixeira to face Hill No. 7-ranked for the zone. But the extra miles inside the cage that former champion Teixeira forced Hill to go and his other level of toughness in life, went a long way to making Hill feel like the rightful champion when all was said and done. everything was done. Hill stayed off his back for the entirety of Round 1 to set a tone that Teixeira would not be able to handle on the ground. From there, Hill stomped to his feet with excellent boxing and incredible poise throughout as he displayed the stamina of a five-round championship and outlasted every single test Teixeira threw at him.

This was a mature, breakthrough performance for a 31-year-old fighter who had not received much notice despite an 11-1 record coming in. So many others would have fought him if they weren’t completely ready for the opportunity simply because of Teixeira. Capital would not even as the extreme swelling and the blood around his eyes threatened his vision and he kept himself, like one punch away from rallying the entire fight. Even as Teixeira rallied to take Hill down in Round 5, briefly slipping into full mount, Hill didn’t give up and broke down emotionally after the final bout when it became clear his dreams were over. had come to pass, even if many people had counted it out loud. out.

2. Glover Teixeira’s post-fight retirement was right on time

Teixeira spoke for himself after the fight, admitting he was probably too tough for his own good before confirming the unanimous decision loss in his third shot at UFC gold would be his last. For a fighter who has already significantly redefined his legacy by entering his way to the title at the age of 42 in 2021, Teixeira’s last save performance against Hill was as remarkable and impressive as none of his 33 pro wins. Moments into Round 4, with the doctor on the cage examining his badly damaged face, Teixeira’s corner was justified in throwing in the towel simply to prevent Teixeira from risking his own retirement. A legendary knockout artist who entered Saturday on a three-fight finish streak, Hill landed the kind of powerful head kicks and right hands that would finish 99% of the planet, but Teixeira didn’t stop pushing forward in a performance as inspiring as he is. was crazy. Known for his heart and kind demeanor, Teixeira might not receive the same praise usually reserved for Brazilian MMA heroes like Rua, Aldo, Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva or Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, but it belongs on the same board as any of them based on what’s in it. inside of it. UFC 283 was close to one of the most exciting second chapters in MMA history.

3. Brandon Moreno had no doubts about who would win the quadrilogy of flyweight titles

Despite a chorus of applause and a barrage of trash thrown at him by a pro-Deveison Figueiredo crowd, Moreno managed to close it out. his historic four-fight tournament and it wasn’t all that close. Moreno escaped legitimate submission attempts from Figueiredo twice but dominated him in almost every other aspect. Not only did Moreno improve to 2-1-1 against Figueiredo, making him the winner of the contest, both of his wins were one-sided stoppages. Even with a late change of camp after trainer Jason Krause was banned by the UFC amid a gambling scandal, Moreno maintained his poise and was crisp to beat. A left hook in Round 3 opened a second cut around Figueiredo’s right eye, causing the cageside doctor to inspect after the round and advise referee Herb Dean to stop the fight . Figueiredo announced that he is officially moving up to bantamweight in the post-fight interview, giving Moreno a second chance to build a sustainable title reign.

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

Unable to lure Colby Covington or Jorge Masvidal into a big money fight, Burns opted to stay busy against the ever-playing Neil Magny. At 36 years old, sporting the curls of youth atop his head, Burns appeared to have a potential second run at the 170-pound title shot still in play after dominating Magny en route to the first round submission. After fighting for three rounds against Khamzat Chimaev in his last outing to overcome a disputed decision, Burns turned his focus back to his fighting strength and boldly announced after the victory there is not another welterweight alive that he could not do such a thing against. . Oh yeah, and “Durinho” also added a mic drop moment to close by calling out Covington again.

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